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Changing thermal paste of a 970.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello, I have a 970 with aging thermal paste. I am currently benchmarking the thermals before replacing the thermal paste to mx4 (the stuff I have on hand). This is more of a log of what I'm doing and I would like advice on thermal pads and how to apply thermal paste and taking the old stuff off without alcohol.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

91'C temp limit 1618mhz core 4205mhz memory 

Old thermal paste


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Posted · Original PosterOP

I will be trying to follow this guide 

This will also help me clean it and learn more about it's history.


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Before replacing your thermal paste, make sure that is actually the problem by ensuring the fans are at max speed and taking off the side panel to make sure the problem isn't poor airflow in the case. Whether you decide to do that or not, replacing the thermal paste isn't a bad idea, just make sure you use a non electrically conductive thermal paste, such as the MX4 you mentioned. For the thermal pads I don't think you would have to replace them, 970s are not too old yet and I would expect them to still be fine. To take off the old thermal paste, wipe as much off as you can with a paper towel, really it's recommenced to wipe the rest off with alcohol, but since you are asking how to remove the paste without it, I guess you should be fine with using a damp paper towel, but do so at your own risk and make sure everything is dry before turning the card on, again, do so at your own risk.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, The_russian said:

Before replacing your thermal paste, make sure that is actually the problem by ensuring the fans are at max speed and taking off the side panel to make sure the problem isn't poor airflow in the case. Whether you decide to do that or not, replacing the thermal paste isn't a bad idea, just make sure you use a non electrically conductive thermal paste, such as the MX4 you mentioned. For the thermal pads I don't think you would have to replace them, 970s are not too old yet and I would expect them to still be fine. To take off the old thermal paste, wipe as much off as you can with a paper towel, really it's recommenced to wipe the rest off with alcohol, but since you are asking how to remove the paste without it, I guess you should be fine with using a damp paper towel, but do so at your own risk and make sure everything is dry before turning the card on, again, do so at your own risk.

One of the fans did stop working but I replaced both with some after market ones. Testing was done with the side panel off in a room at 24C, I will make sure the room is at that temp after new thermal paste.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

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After cleaning off the thermal paste with no fluid. I applied mx4

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I know it's too much thermal paste, but I'm one of those people. The GPU does post, now for the reassembly


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Now that it's back together and running a benchmark I'll be able to tell you temps shortly


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Mb | combo: AMD ryzen 3 1200 (OCed to 3.625Ghz) (1.21V) | Stock AMD cooler | Gigabyte B450m gaming | 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I am now sitting at 88'c with 1618mhz core and 4205 MHz memory.


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Laptop: Toshiba a110-274 | Intel core solo T1350 | Intel 945GM Express | 2x512mb 533Mhz DDR2 sodim | Seagate Momentus .3 7200rpm | Intel pro Wi-fi.

 

Coming soon:

Server build: x2 Xeon E5 2450 | HP Proliant DL360e Gen 8 | Quadro K620 | 4x500GB 7200rpm hdd | Kingston a400 240gb | 32gb ddr3 ECC. (On hold)

Small form factor gaming PC: AMD ryzen 5 3600 (It's here!) | Zotac GTX 970 dual fan (on-hand) | Asus B450I (coming soon-ish)  | 2x Kingston a400 240gb (on-hand).

 

Selling soon:

Mb | combo: AMD ryzen 3 1200 (OCed to 3.625Ghz) (1.21V) | Stock AMD cooler | Gigabyte B450m gaming | 

Dell prebuilt: Intel i3 8100 | Dell Z370 | Dell cooler 80mmm | Dell GTX 1050 | Crucial 1x8gb 2400Mhz DDR4 | Toshiba A300 1tb. (Sold)

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