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    I've tried to re-seat my GPU block but GPU2 VRM still goes sky high (around 80 under load). So i think even though i tried to be careful as i could it has slipped once again. So i was thinking to get the Zalman STG1 paste ( it has a small brush) and use it instead of the pads but.... I'm not too sure can I do that.... Anyone of you tried it??

    I know that with ie. AS 5 it would be dificult coz you have syringe but with zalmanl like i mentioned above it has a small brush so i could apply even layer without any "spillage"

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    if it's too slippage then you can use a dap of crazy glue in each corner of the pad to keep it in place. Remember just a tiny drop is good enough to hold it in place. You don't want too much then you will have a hard time to remove it later on. The down fall of using crazy glue is it might be ripped after you remove it though.

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    so you reckon that it isnt good idea to use thermal paste instead of pads??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    Hi!

    I've tried to re-seat my GPU block but GPU2 VRM still goes sky high (around 80 under load). So i think even though i tried to be careful as i could it has slipped once again. So i was thinking to get the Zalman STG1 paste ( it has a small brush) and use it instead of the pads but.... I'm not too sure can I do that.... Anyone of you tried it??

    I know that with ie. AS 5 it would be dificult coz you have syringe but with zalmanl like i mentioned above it has a small brush so i could apply even layer without any "spillage"
    I always use STG-1 on my own machines as well as my customers, it works better the AS 5. Make sure you apply it to both your processor and your heat sink, it works best that way because it spreads very thin. Check http://www.svc.com two months ago I bought ten bottles on sale for $5.99 , so they still might be on sale.

    I have been using STG1 for the past two years, by the way, Ultra also makes a thermal gel that comes in a bottle with a brush attched to the cap, you get a little more in their bottles, and the performance is about the same, so is the price. I try to keep both in stock at all times.

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    I just checked SVC it's $6.95 a bottle now. Geralt, I noticed the 120mm fan sitting on top of your video card, Aero Cool makes a Spot Cool Fan that screws into one of your motherboard standoffs, you can adjust it to push air where ever you need it most, it also has low,med, and high settings. I have used them in a few of my customers machines, and they do work, they also have a blue LED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    I always use STG-1 on my own machines as well as my customers, it works better the AS 5. Make sure you apply it to both your processor and your heat sink, it works best that way because it spreads very thin. Check http://www.svc.com two months ago I bought ten bottles on sale for $5.99 , so they still might be on sale.

    I have been using STG1 for the past two years, by the way, Ultra also makes a thermal gel that comes in a bottle with a brush attched to the cap, you get a little more in their bottles, and the performance is about the same, so is the price. I try to keep both in stock at all times.

    But as far as i understand you're speaking about CPU cooling and i mean to use it on GRFX block and im not too sure can i do that , coz maybe you need thicker layer between grfx and the block


    about that fan : its actuallt 80mm and i'll replace it with a blue led one but it doesnt have to be screwed in. It can sit on the grfx like it is.... On the other hand even if I would like to get the coolit one I would havr to get it from states and probably P&P would be ridicilous.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    so you reckon that it isnt good idea to use thermal paste instead of pads??
    thermal paste is always better than pad but you don't really need paste on VRM, it's surface area are too small to use paste on it. Of course this is depend on the size of the chip too.

    Just make sure the block are fully contact, maybe there is a gap between the block and the pad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
    about that fan : its actuallt 80mm and i'll replace it with a blue led one but it doesnt have to be screwed in. It can sit on the grfx like it is.... On the other hand even if I would like to get the coolit one I would havr to get it from states and probably P&P would be ridicilous.....
    You can get the Antec spot cool fan from ebuyer in the UK - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119146 - I've not tried them but like the idea. It's also three speed with blue LED.

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    Not done this but........surely a pad has thickness and paste does not. Replacing pads must surely mean that you need to tighten heatsink further......and if all components are not on an equal plane this must mean distortion??? Is that not why pads are used in the first place???

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    Not done this but........surely a pad has thickness and paste does not. Replacing pads must surely mean that you need to tighten heatsink further......and if all components are not on an equal plane this must mean distortion??? Is that not why pads are used in the first place???

    Thinks....I'm about to get put right on this.
    It's something that I've often wondered about too. Most GPU heatsinks have paste for the GPU and pads for the memory. Replacing the pads with paste must surely leave an air gap between the memory chips and the heatsink. Unfortunately I can't come up with a workable solution. My advice would be to stick to pads - you can purchase additional pads/thermal tape.

    At maplins for instance - http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=221326 - that way you can pick up in store and avoid p&p.

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