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Ok so i have always put thermal paste on the middle of the graphics chip where it says ATI on it and when i goto clean it after a while to reapply more it spread it self onto the little chips that are on the top of the graphics chip i just wanted to know if it was ok to get thermal paste on those or would they fry or what??

Here's a pic of what i mean the chips are circled in red i just want to know if its ok to get thermal paste on them or not???



Link--> http://img840.imageshack.us/i/atigra...p2thermal.jpg/

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post #2 of 35
Nope. I generally avoid getting too much on them, but thermal paste isn't conductive, so it won't cause a problem for you.

By the way, that's the only way those things would have a chance of frying is if you shorted them out by putting a conductor in there. you've got nothing to worry about. I wouldnt put gobs of it all over them, but not because it would fry, just because I like clean cards.
Edited by mth91 - 2/24/11 at 11:13pm
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post #3 of 35
They can fry if it's highly conductive paste... you better clean if off...
The TIM is supposed to go only on the chip, and when applying keep in mind that in this case the less, the better.
post #4 of 35
Some thermal pastes like ic7 you DO NOT want to use on a gpu as it will fry it.
post #5 of 35
They make conductive thermal pastes?
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post #6 of 35
I put thermal paste on my 5770 and never checked to see if it smeared that much lol. I guess it's fine HAHAAHAHH
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Well by golly. I'm flabbergasted. I've seen it all. Conductive thermal paste. who would've thought?

Yeah, I guess it would make sense though to have conductive thermal pastes since the best conductors of heat also happen to conduct electricity.
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I use X23 on my GPU and you want to avoid contact with the resistors whenever possible. Meaning DON'T get any on them.

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Daaaaang guys thats awesome i just posted this literally and already got tons of replies and great info and thanks alot guys!!!

And yea i always put it on the chip and the chip alone but sometimes it spreads out to the chips on the graphics chip but thats only once in awhile i only ever use like a small pea size of thermal paste its called ULTRA Premium Themal Compound

Ultra Premium Thermal Paste Spec's
1)Capacity: 3.5g
2)Temperature Stability: -30~180c
3)Thermal Conductivity: >4.0W/m-k
4)Ingredient:
A:Silicone Compounds: 30%
B:Carbon Compounds: 20%
C:Metal Oxide Compounds: 40%
D:Silver Oxide Compounds: 10%
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post #10 of 35
just a little dab will work,i've done all my gpu's.and i use as5 so i have to be real careful.
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