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You guys running the stock air coolers should pull your cards out and check to see if the stock TIM application looks like it did on my GTX470.
470mod1.JPG

Fixing that made a big difference in temps, and thus noise, since the fan didn't ramp up as much.

ewwwww gross, but thats what you get for owning a gf100 series tongue.gif

...wait *** what kind of cooler was that?!


as a side note, I am actually done entertaining the idea of WCing my gtx460 I maxed it out and I only run at 58C load. Ill save the Wcing for my future 6570;z wink.gif
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ewwwww gross, but thats what you get for owning a gf100 series

...wait *** what kind of cooler was that?!


as a side note, I am actually done entertaining the idea of WCing my gtx460 I maxed it out and I only run at 58C load. Ill save the Wcing for my future 6570;z
That's the stock cooler
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That's the stock cooler
ahhh word, I forgot you had a 470 not a 460
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I actually have some thermal paste left (antec silver stuff). maybe I'll clean up and re-apply, but so far it doesn't go max more than 62 degrees at 950mhz and 1.08v.
Modded the bios the other night to up the fans to 100% and max of 1.12v, might try and push it a bit this weekend since temps are still ok.
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ewwwww gross, but thats what you get for owning a gf100 series

...wait *** what kind of cooler was that?!


as a side note, I am actually done entertaining the idea of WCing my gtx460 I maxed it out and I only run at 58C load. Ill save the Wcing for my future 6570;z
that is exactly how much tim was on my stock cooler. awesome cards, that perform very well, with pretty good drivers BUT just goes wrong when they apply the TIM on the damn cooler. Its almost like they use a damn spoon and dig in to a pot full of tim and just slap it on, definitely toooo much.
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They probably do it to fill all the imperfections on the cooler. LAP it....
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They probably do it to fill all the imperfections on the cooler. LAP it....
I agree, because the cooler heatpipes have direct contact with the gpu, there are prob some airspaces between them, I have the same problem with my hyper 212, I'd much rather have TIM filling the imperfections than air, thats for sure
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They probably do it to fill all the imperfections on the cooler. LAP it....
Lapping a direct contact heat pipe type heat sink would likely not work out very well.

When I first got my GTX470, It would get up over 90ºC at stock clock speeds running Furmark, with a 20-22ºC ambient.

After replacing the factory TIM with a more reasonable quantity of TIM, the max loaded temp dropped down to just over 80ºC at stock clock speeds.

After replacing the stock cooler with a Gelid Icy Vision, and lapping the GPU, the max loaded temp dropped to around 63ºC overclocked and over volted.

Now it is water cooled with an AquagraFX block, and the max loaded temp running Furmark for 10+ hours is 45ºC with the card over clocked and over volted.
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Lapping the GPU helps a ton too.
To give you an idea of how bad the IHS on the GPU is, this picture was taken after I had already removed quite a bit of material.


Finished.


I didn't try the stock cooler on the lapped GPU, but the difference in max loaded temps in several hours of Furmark between the card as shipped, and the card overclocked and over volted with the lapped GPU and Gelid Icy vision was about 30ºC.
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