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Corsair H55 pre-applied thermal compound good for GPU?

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July 14, 2014 7:36:16 AM

Hi,
I'm going kraken on my MSI R9 280X due to one of my fan blades chipping off.
My question: Would it be ok if I used the stock thermal grease on the H55 for my GPU? or should I go with something else? If its the other, please specify. Thanks.

    NZXT Technologies Kraken G10 Liquid Cooled GPU Bracket.
    CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition.
    MSI R9 280X Gaming 3gb

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July 14, 2014 8:06:41 AM

I found the stock paste for those coolers to be decent enough.

Please make sure the GPU core is not recessed into the card and if you can get by with(as long as it does not stop the all in one from touching the core) the stock VRM/memory plate on the card, leave it and even add some heatsinks to it over the VRM are to help with cooling.

So take note of the following.

Heat generating mosfets, if you have small heatsinks on this section of the plate it may help with VRM temps.
Note the raised section, this may indicate that your all in one will NOT touch the cards core. a copper shim may be required. without one things can overheat.
All in one. Make sure it does not bit the other 3 lines when installing


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July 14, 2014 3:43:39 PM

Ah, ok cool. I was wondering if I should add small heatsinks to the vrm. Thanks for the help!
Lol at the overkill pic.:D 
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July 14, 2014 3:58:09 PM

It has a fan on it too now.

My case has very little air flow, wanted to be sure.

Yes, a small(thin enough and as tall as fits without hitting the G10's fan) row of heatsinks if you can fit then in those sections should help.

Again, watch out for a counter sunken core. If your is like that you will NEED a shim or the card will overheat.
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July 14, 2014 4:29:34 PM

nukemaster said:
It has a fan on it too now.

My case has very little air flow, wanted to be sure.

Sounds good,
btw, what temps are you getting with that?

nukemaster said:
Yes, a small(thin enough and as tall as fits without hitting the G10's fan) row of heatsinks if you can fit then in those sections should help.

Again, watch out for a counter sunken core. If your is like that you will NEED a shim or the card will overheat.

Also, I just took my card apart, it appears to be exactly like the pic above

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July 14, 2014 6:57:30 PM

Take a razor blade and hold it across the raised section around the gpu on the card to see if it touches the die, if not, you will need a shim. The space should give you an idea.

With a shim my temps had been in the low 60's with the fan as exhaust(about 1200 rpm on a AP15 fan), It may have been lower with the fan as intake. This was coming from the low 80s with a slightly faster fan profile.

I got lower temperatures by allowing direct contact. For a GTX 670 that means cutting the stock memory/vrm plate, but your card is different and I am not sure how safe it is to remove that boarder from the gpu section of the card.

You may see more AMD cards with all in one coolers on this thread on overclock.net

My card has no way to check VRM temperatures so I can not be sure, but that heatsink was getting very hot, so I know it is working.
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July 14, 2014 8:05:04 PM

nukemaster said:
Take a razor blade and hold it across the raised section around the gpu on the card to see if it touches the die, if not, you will need a shim. The space should give you an idea.

With a shim my temps had been in the low 60's with the fan as exhaust(about 1200 rpm on a AP15 fan), It may have been lower with the fan as intake. This was coming from the low 80s with a slightly faster fan profile.

I got lower temperatures by allowing direct contact. For a GTX 670 that means cutting the stock memory/vrm plate, but your card is different and I am not sure how safe it is to remove that boarder from the gpu section of the card.

You may see more AMD cards with all in one coolers on this thread on overclock.net

My card has no way to check VRM temperatures so I can not be sure, but that heatsink was getting very hot, so I know it is working.


I appreciate the help/advice. Going to check out that link you gave.
All the best Nuke. Thanks.:D 

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July 14, 2014 8:42:02 PM

Glad to help.
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