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Will replacing the thermal compound on my GIGABYTE GTX 570 reduce its temp?

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January 25, 2014 10:25:44 AM

So when I'm playing games my card gets to about 85C. At this point the fans start blowing pretty intensely and the noise bothers me.

Will replacing the stock thermal compound with an aftermarket one reduce the temperature noticeably?
January 25, 2014 10:37:33 AM

before doing that make sure the heatsink is not stuffed with dust and your case is well ventilated
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January 25, 2014 10:44:36 AM

chris987 said:
before doing that make sure the heatsink is not stuffed with dust and your case is well ventilated


Actually the heatsink was kinda stuffed with dust, but I think I blew it all out (or at least as much as I could without dissasembling the card). But I still get the same temps, maybe 1-2C lower, so I am wondering if changing the thermal grease will have any significant effects on the temperature.

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January 25, 2014 10:58:29 AM

temps of 85c are acceptable for an 570. start worrying above 90c. that doent mean the thermal paste is faulty. you may not nesessarily achieve better results by replaycing it. have you done any overclocking? run it a bit further the temps may go down even more after cleanng the heatshing, also make sure you have good airflow in the case. high ambient temps inside the case can be a problem. also try different fan profiles
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January 25, 2014 11:03:43 AM

When gaming 85C is not that alarming, these cards can handle temps of 95C or above while gaming and will last for years.

Applying thermal paste is a good idea, but its not as easy as applying to CPU, especially if its your first time doing it. So be careful or you could damage the GPU. See some videos on YouTube and read some forums before you try anything. And you will need proper tools to disassemble the GPU. Good luck.
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January 25, 2014 3:55:33 PM

Thanks for the answers guys. I do know that it can handle higher temps, but as I said the fan gets a bit loud on anything over 80C so I thought I can lower it down using a good thermal paste. I'm looking at Antec Formula 7. I'll think about it and let you know what I've decided.
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January 25, 2014 4:01:10 PM

nE0n1nja said:
Thanks for the answers guys. I do know that it can handle higher temps, but as I said the fan gets a bit loud on anything over 80C so I thought I can lower it down using a good thermal paste. I'm looking at Antec Formula 7. I'll think about it and let you know what I've decided.


I really can't see replacing the thermal paste making any difference. Thermal paste has very little heat degradation over time. Personally I would consider maybe housing a different fan that directs air onto the gpu to cool it off, you will probably drop quite a bit off the temps and stop the gpu fan from revving up. Replacing gpu paste can be tricky and imho is not necessary for your situation. How is the general airflow in your case? Are the intake fans in the front blowing onto the gpu?
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January 26, 2014 4:17:34 AM

chrisafp07 said:
nE0n1nja said:
Thanks for the answers guys. I do know that it can handle higher temps, but as I said the fan gets a bit loud on anything over 80C so I thought I can lower it down using a good thermal paste. I'm looking at Antec Formula 7. I'll think about it and let you know what I've decided.


I really can't see replacing the thermal paste making any difference. Thermal paste has very little heat degradation over time. Personally I would consider maybe housing a different fan that directs air onto the gpu to cool it off, you will probably drop quite a bit off the temps and stop the gpu fan from revving up. Replacing gpu paste can be tricky and imho is not necessary for your situation. How is the general airflow in your case? Are the intake fans in the front blowing onto the gpu?


My case does not allow for a front intake fan. I have one exaust fan in the back, CM TurbineMaster 800 RPM, and holes on the side panel of the case where the hot air from the GPU is being blown out.



The reason that I think about replacing the thermal paste is not becase it's degraded, but because a friend of mine told me that Gigabyte put low quality thermal paste on their GPUs and that if I bought some high quality aftermarket one it would reduce the temps. Or in his words "Clean up that crap they put on there and replace it with a real paste".

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January 26, 2014 8:15:20 AM

GTX 5 series cards runs somewhat hot its normal. When it reaches 80C or above the fan runs fast to cool down the card thus the noise. You can apply thermal paste to reduce the heat, but do it with caution as I said earlier. It will bring down the heat by 10 degrees approx. Good luck.
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January 26, 2014 3:52:41 PM

Thank you, that answers my initial question.
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January 27, 2014 5:56:55 AM

You are welcome.
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January 27, 2014 6:08:07 AM

Can you take a picture of the paste when you open the GPU?
I also used the Arctic Cooling MX-4 for my new GPU (R9 280x Matrix), because it was applied very poorly, and it was too much of it.
I also liked the new temps afterwards.

Worst case scenario, you can try to upgrade to a new case with better airflow in the future.

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