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Old 12-21-2010, 01:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Applying Thermal Paste on GPU

I recently bought a new fan for my GPU (see thread here: Replacing Graphics Card fan ) and wasn't sure how to apply the thermal paste. Should I put a little bit in the middle and let it spread by itself or should I spread it out myself?
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Do it just like for a CPU, but you should use less as the GPU is much smaller. I would put a dab in the center and spread it a little with the edge of a plastic card; the pressure of the heatsink will even it out.
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Most Nvidia gpu's have a larger heatspreader than a cpu and therefore require just a little more paste than a cpu.
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Most Nvidia gpu's have a larger heatspreader than a cpu and therefore require just a little more paste than a cpu.
Didn't know that. I have only reapplied on ATI cards.
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I had recently put new thermal paste on my CPU and when I did the GPU I used a little bit less, but I dont have a huge card. What I did was just put a little in the middle and didn't spread it out. I haven't had any problems since replacing the fan. Do you think I should reapply it or just leave it how it is?
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If temperatures are OK, I wouldn't bother.
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Well the only temps I get through Hardware Monitor are my Hard Drive. It's a really old computer.
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That's odd. ATI Catylist or Nvidia Control Panel should be able to read it.
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I have the latest drivers for my card I think, but I dont think it shows the temps in the Nvidia Control Panel. The card is a Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 PCI. Is that too old of a card to have temp monitors in it?
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Probably is, mate. Dang, that really sucks.
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