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[GPU_TALK!] Worth losing warranty for better results?

  • 10 July 2021
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Userlevel 7
We hear stories the pre-applied thermal paste and thermal pad on GPUs are horrible. Horrible as in "quality"

It sure is horrible~~~




The GPU you see above is my recently purchased new GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 TI. Making custom changes like water cooling, thermal paste and pad can be risky, because your warranty on the card becomes nullified.

So I ask, would you risk losing your GPU warranty to apply better thermal paste and pad on your GPU?
Aftermath, the readings on GPU temperature against the clock work improved.

Low temperature against fast clock work on GPU

I am thinking a thermal paste and pad can cost about $40 - $60 USD (depending on the brand and its quality)

Upgrade GPU thermal paste and pad, worth losing the GPU warranty?


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Sye_The-Vie
Although the topic of the thread is on pre-applied GPU thermal paste.
CPU can be discussed

Try Grizzly product or liquid metal

I assume the thermal paste has been evenly spread on the cpu?

Water cooling is more effective compared to air~~


I can stand by Grizzly - It took my temps from 55-58-60*c to 36-46*c instantly upon changing pastes, on my 5900x
Userlevel 7
FiszPL
Looks like a pigeon dump.

I purchased the GPU on Sep 2020, the paste felt petrified, and the pad was brittle.

The RTX 2080 TI series was launched on late 2018.
So it has been in storage for 2 years until it finally found its owner.

Could it be that the quality of paste and pad got degraded over time?
Userlevel 7
Badge +1
Looks like a pigeon dump.
IMO it's worth loosing warranty for better temperatures, but from my experience - better is to wait about month from purchase, because electronics like to die during the "burn in process" (I know it's not a rule - it can also die 1 day before or after warranty).

Sye_The-Vie
Some people put one dot of paste in the center, and it spreads evenly once a heatsink is pressed.

It works, if you'll make bigger dot - it'll spread over whole heatsink (but not too much, because it's not good for temperatures).
I always spread by myself too with a spreader, but some pastes are harder to spread (like Thermal Grizzly, the original rubber spreader is rubbish). If you're on hurry make 5 small dots (in X pattern) - it always win 🙂
its not worth it is you damage it
Userlevel 7
If it’s new unit it performs thermally bad under it should be I’d just send it back for new one, prefer it instead loosing my guarantee. Not sure about gpu (apparently it would) but on laptop like Razer blade repasting itself won’t avoid the guarantee (using same thermal paste not liquid metal), and I personally do that in 2 years use time period since the thermal compound would be usually dry on my use case in that period.
Not sure about gpu, since I never opened it and thermally and performance are fine, 3070 twin edge (half year) is never reach 70 degrees, 2080 xc(was also similar), only 1080ti was reaching 80ish degrees but it was normal on this card (Zotac mini), each has 5 years guarantee and selling it with guarantee would give you better selling price, I think I didn’t loosing so much selling them some was even profitable.
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JulianKapa
I followed the instructions which said to apply one line, and apply heatsink. Paste will spread itself to ensure even coverage. :smile_:

I prefer to spread it myself using the thermal paste spreader, and spread it like you are applying a peanut butter on a jellyfish sandwich (Spongebob)

Some people put one dot of paste in the center, and it spreads evenly once a heatsink is pressed.
Cannot guarantee that it works~~~
Userlevel 7
I followed the instructions which said to apply one line, and apply heatsink. Paste will spread itself to ensure even coverage. :smile_:
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JulianKapa
Just my 2 cents: After applying Arctic Silver 5 on my CPU about 3 times, it has always been worse than factory on my i7 870.
So no, I hate changing thermal paste after those frustrating experiences

Although the topic of the thread is on pre-applied GPU thermal paste.
CPU can be discussed

Try Grizzly product or liquid metal

I assume the thermal paste has been evenly spread on the cpu?

Water cooling is more effective compared to air~~
Userlevel 7
Just my 2 cents: After applying Arctic Silver 5 on my CPU about 3 times, it has always been worse than factory on my i7 870.
So no, I hate changing thermal paste after those frustrating experiences