Certain things to watch out for during heavy load~~~
- Temperature of GPU
- Stable or fluctuating core clock
- Release date of the GPU
To maintain the GPU architecture from burning up, a thermal paste and heat sink is used. The thermal paste and its chemical compound expires after 2 - 3 years (depends on what the GPU was used for), so be sure to check the status of the thermal paste within the GPU.
Update with my new but second hand NVIDIA GTX 1080 TI FE 11 GB, I have noticed an unusual behavior of temperature spike and fluctuating core clock.
First I thought it was due to limited thermal throttling, it turns out the pre-applied thermal paste compound has become petrified, solid and expired.
After purchasing few new tools and GPU cleaning products, the GPU is running like new again and even better.
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Thermal paste spreader (some people refer it, Thermal paste applicator)
- Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste
- Cleaning cloths, wipes, tissues
Use the resources in internet to study, how to open / breakdown your GPU and clean up outdated compounds and apply with new. It will be like you have just opened a GPU out of the box.