I was going to remove the Cyclone cooler to remove the stock thermal paste and use Arctic Silver 5 instead. I know it probably won't make much of a difference but since I have the AS5 hanging around I figured why not. I removed the 4 screws that hold the cooler in place but I couldn't get the cooler off. I didn't use much force because I was afraid of damaging the card.
Has anyone here tried to remove it? Is normal AS5 ok to use or should I be using something instead of thermal paste? I remember back in the day when VGA coolers where held on with some type of paste/glue not screws.
I removed the stock paste and installed AS5. The stock stuff was awfully thick. I cleaned it all off and spread a nice thin layer of AS5. I am going to run Kombuster for a half hour or so to help burn in the AS5. I imagine the AS5 won't make much of a difference but it sure can't hurt.