Originally Posted by Buka The Earthworm;12875612
i took the card apart, and there is some thermal paste thats stuck around the diodes (or whatever they are called) that are located around the shiny chip. i cant seem to get them cleaned off
do i put the flame onto only the shiny part? or do i circle the flame around the diodes that are located around the shiny gpu as well?
and my second question for everyone: there was some sort of thermal paste tape that was attached to the other chips on the card, and im wondering if it would be ok to just use regular cpu thermal paste on them when i put the card back together again.
Use rubbing alcohol, it should take that thermal paste right off(sometimes a bit of scrubbing will be needed, I usually use a Q-tip dip in alcohol and scrub it a bit hard to get all the old thermal paste off) or slightly scratch it with my nails lol.
Heat up the whole top part of the GPU, I usually heat up the shiny part and circle around the diodes that are located around the shiny gpu too(Basically the whole square of the GPU)(Just be more careful around these) - they can take quite a lot of heat, just don't burn them directly with the flame and you should be fine.
& to answer your question about the thermal tape, Just leave those thermal tape alone, if they are used to make contact with the Vram chips or mosfets of the videocard its because they provide a nice thick cushion to touch the item it is cooling to the heatsink(sometimes using thermal paste just doesn't provide this cushion to increase the contact to the heatsink, kinda hard to explain lol)
You can replace it with thermal paste if the heatsink makes good contact with the item it is cooling(But I highly recommend using NON-conductive Thermal paste
for those items)