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the cards are designed to run at high temps, but if you really want to kill some temps then get some extra case fans for better air flow and raise the fan speed on the card
There really is not a lot of choices for after market coolers.
Not worth it. Don't believe those BS newegg reviews on how AS5 lowered their temps by 10c. You *might* get 1-2c drop but it's not worth the trouble. Get an aftermarket cooler (if there are any) or just leave it alone. It'll be fine.
You might see some gains by getting rid of the amazingly thick coating of thermal goop from the gpu. You probably would be better off getting rid of the tape off the memory too and do a nice thin coat of AS5 on all the IC's on your card. Seems that the thickness of the tape is the same thickness of the thermal goop, so thin AS5 over everything might just work. At any rate it has to be better than what you get from the factory...
BE CAREFUL IF YOU DO THIS!! If you are going to replace the thermal pads with goop, it is imperative to make sure the goop doesnt spill over onto the card (seen it happen)...as5 is conductive, and you dont want to make any accidental connections!
Using AS5 might void your warranty as well..
I would have thought just removing the cooler in the first place would void your warranty anyway.
Might want to use something other than AS5 for that reason - AS Ceramique is non-conductive, and so might be a better choice.
i have seen substantial drops from PROPER application of thermal compounds. Simply smearing the crap on a chip and expecting it to do tricks is quite silly. Most of the time to apply it properly means to lap the chip and heatsink, or use a compound like ceramique which actually requires 2 applications. One a prep to fill in microscopic pores and another to form the heat bond with the chip and heatsink.
I have seen time and time again where people just glob the stuff on with fingers or a Qtip and they actually end up making it worse than they were with the oem junk.
BE CAREFUL IF YOU DO THIS!! If you are going to replace the thermal pads with goop, it is imperative to make sure the goop doesnt spill over onto the card (seen it happen)...as5 is Capacitive , and you dont want to make any accidental connections!
ALSO! If gooping your memory, make sure there is a good connection between the heatsink and the memory modules, often the pads are used because the gap is too big to be filled by goop properly (you really dont want to pile goop on, should only be a thin layer, otherwise it makes things worse).