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Hey guys I was seeing if anyone has experienced this thermal paste here, Antec
Formula 7 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound. I am interested in replacing the TIM thats currently stock in my gtx480's. Has anyone done this and is it worth it? and Is this antec TIM (http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0354873) The best one to use? Thanks!
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post #2 of 13
People on the forum have reported better temps with better TIM. Most GPUs have a liberal amount on them already, and it is usually high quality.

But doing a better job of application usually will net you a few C.

I really like Noctuas Tim. MC used to carry it but looks like they dont stock it anylonger.

http://www.acousticpc.com/noctua_nth1_tim_solution.html
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Might take 3-4C off if your lucky. No need tbh.
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post #4 of 13
20 bucks to gain a degree or two doesn't seem worth it to me.Not to mention the possibility of damaging your card in the process.I have seen memory chips come off with the heatsink,and stripped screws so be sure to use the exact size screwdriver.
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post #5 of 13
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Thanks hawk, I am looking for thermalpaste thats the best out right now and one that I could pick up today as I think I might do the tim replacement today as well. Ill throw up some benchmarks but I just wanted some reassurance before I do this about the validity of the temperature improvement and the quality of the new antec TIM.
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Sure again it wont be a large jump but if you are right on the edge anything helps.
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post #7 of 13
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The reason I ask is that some places say their temp improvement was almost 10c while others say its 1-3c. My temps now arnt bad at all. They never go above 80c but I figure if I lower it enough I could always overclock the cards some more. I just dont want the temps to get worse because the TIM becomes worthless as im sure these cards are almost a couple years old.
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Guess what???

I have the prior version of the same TIM, Antec Diamond 6. (Microcenter too)

It somewhat depends on how long you have had the card and whether the existing TIM is broken down and needing replacement.

But, I scraped my TIM off about 1 month into owning my GTX 460 SE and put Diamond 6 on it. Honestly, my temps were about 1-2C worse.

I pulled the heatsink off and the TIM spreaded perfectly, so that was not the issue. The factory TIM works really well, so I would not change it unless you are about 6 months into using the card.

EDIT: My tube of Diamond 6 is gone now. I am going back to MX-2 and MX-4.
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post #9 of 13
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I did the upgrade, It really helped stabilize my temps in that it is a very steady 75c and doesn't really fluctuate like it did with my stock TIM. It was actually very easy I just used the finger method to cover all the micro holes on the GPU and Heatsink contact area. Then I did the Glob method which just involved putting a good amount on the middle and then letting the pressure even it out.

For me it was worth it for 15min and 15 dollars to get it all done. PLus you can get the dust out of the insides of the video cards.
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post #10 of 13
You must also think if you remove the back you may need to change the thermal pads as well!
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