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GPU vs. CPU thermal paste

  • GPUs
  • Thermal Compound
  • CPUs
  • Graphics Cards
  • Graphics
Last response: in Graphics & Displays
May 29, 2014 9:39:09 AM

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.

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a c 146 à CPUs
a b U Graphics card
May 29, 2014 9:53:46 AM

For Radeons, absoultely do not use conductive greases, as the die and its leads are exposed.
a b à CPUs
a b U Graphics card
May 29, 2014 9:54:15 AM

Theres no difference that i know of.
You really dont have to worry about thermal paste conducting electricity if you apply it right, and theres plenty of good walkthroughs on Youtube.

I suggest Arctic Silver 5,its an old name but still the best that i know of,for the price.
May 31, 2014 4:02:46 PM

I ended up going with a carbon based called arctic MX-4. got excellent reviews.