Originally posted by PZEROFGH
is it ok. to just peel off the sticky stuff on the heatsink and put it on. or am i supposed to put some thermal something inbetween?
The reason i'd recommend Thermal Tape over Thermal Paste for both VGA ram & Chipsets is due to the nature of their location on the boards.
Thermal Paste like (ARCTIC SILVER) has a very high "silver" content. "Silver" is fairly conductive. Not something you'd want bridging parts of your boards. Even if you use a little paste, there is a chance that some may ooze out drip onto unwanted places. That's why i'd recommend thermal tape for those areas.
CPU's are installed on a socket. Which is slightly elevated off of the surface of the mobo. VGA Cores are mostly the same way, but not all.
I'm not saying it can't be done... it can... But, i wouldn't recommend it.
It's like saying, "Can I wash my hair with dishwashing soap?"
Sure you can, but wouldn't shampoo be better?