I have a factory refurbished HD7970 graphics card that just gave out after about 5 months of use. I pulled the cover off and all the caps look good.
I wanted to try baking it to reflow the solder and perhaps fix the issue. To do that I need to pull the fan and heatsink off the GPU. Once complete I need to re-apply thermal paste prior to re-installing the fan/sink.
My question is, is there a difference between pastes used for GPUs vs. CPUs, and either way, what do you recommend?
I have heard metal based (as opposed to carbon based) pastes have risks associated with them, but I am unfamiliar with the process.