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Old May 9, 2009, 08:39 AM
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I could use some advice and guidance with a small video card related heat issue I'm having with a new GTX 260. This is exactly the same as one I've owned for four months now and both overclock in spectacular fashion. With the exception of 10-15C heat difference that the new card gives me on the exact same Folding projects, as well I've swapped cards and ran the new card through Vantage 3 times and have been gaming and have noticed this new card always runs 10-15C hotter than my old one doing the same tasks.

So I'm thinking maybe I need to crack this card open and reapply TIM to the contacts or something but I'm having a helluva time finding guides on proper Video card Tim applications ect. If anyone has a link they'd like to share with me or an experienced water cooling person would give me some tips that would be great. BTW both my cards are XFX so I won't lose any warranty cracking it open. I have 3 types of TIM (IC7, MX-2, and OCZ Freeze), also my card has a fullcover metal backplate which I think is also adheared to something back there. Anyways I'm sure it's pretty easy but I like to be prepared and cautious when handling hardware and have never cracked a card apart before. I might even need some new thermal pads or something...I dunno.

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Old May 9, 2009, 09:24 AM
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You're correct. Its fairly simple. Undo the screws, remove them, and carefully pry the heatsink off.

You shouldnt need to remove the backplate from the card. Apply TIM (via whatever method you wish, I use the single 'blob' in the middle way), press heatsink back down, reinsert screws, tighten, and voila! Complete!
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I'm in the same boat as you Always. My GTX 285s are getting fer too warm for my liking.
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i've read that term several times during my search for a new card, what does "folding" mean?
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Apply a little poop of MX-2. Disassemble a video card is ( for me i think ) way easyer compare to set up an entire pc. Remove screw and get everything off like removing a CPU cooler on a backplate well. then use the way you want to apply this smoochie thermal cream miam and stick the cooler where it belong. If nothing do then get a water cooling loop or ( has I recomend ) go see with Arctic Cooling what they haev for GTX 260.
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You need to double check that you have proper contact. I noticed when I took my 260 apart for watercooling that there is a clearance allowance for the thickness of the factory goop they put on, meaning without this layer the heatsink does not have proper contact with the core. So you need thick thermal compound, the diamond ic stuff we demoed would be ideal.
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