Graphic Cards Graphic Card Thermal Pad Discussion

Sammoka

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Hello there everyone, thought to make a thread on the thermal pads and/or thermal paste requirements for graphic cards considering maintenance of old hardware can really help them out, and those who've already changed/maintained there cards/similar cards can help out with such requirements.

I'll go first, I need help with the thermal pad requirements of Gigabyte 1060 6GB OC Windforce, what be the thermal pad sizes to get for the graphic card?
 

chimera86o

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you may need 1mm or 2mm, I too want to change it, I recently acquired a 1080ti and have thermal pads too. they are around 2 years old and not used.
Not sure if they are usable now anymore. New thermal pads to there is a shortage.

Where are you planning to buy the thermal pads from?
 

Sammoka

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you may need 1mm or 2mm, I too want to change it, I recently acquired a 1080ti and have thermal pads too. they are around 2 years old and not used.
Not sure if they are usable now anymore. New thermal pads to there is a shortage.

Where are you planning to buy the thermal pads from?
You can get thermal pads from amazon, adwits if Im not wrong but it seems everyone isnt really into prolonging life of cards
 

chimera86o

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You can get thermal pads from amazon, adwits if Im not wrong but it seems everyone isnt really into prolonging life of cards
Yeah, I saw the adwits thermal pads on amazon, I just ordered a set of thermal pads from amazon, thanks.

Get a good thermal paste too, for GPU thermal paste order the Gelid GC Extreme. I have ordered this after checking a lot online and discussing it with a few veterans on Reddit.
GPU's require very thick paste and anything, not thick will suffer from the pump-out effect.
I used to use Arctic Silver 5 and temps get very bad within a week of applying due to this.
 

t3chg33k

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How effective are these thermal pads anyway? I was looking for better thermal conductivity for the CPU/GPU in my laptop but ended up ordering copper heatsinks for the Raspberry Pi from China which I hope will help more with the heat dissipation compared to thermal pads.
 

Sammoka

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Yeah, I saw the adwits thermal pads on amazon, I just ordered a set of thermal pads from amazon, thanks.

Get a good thermal paste too, for GPU thermal paste order the Gelid GC Extreme. I have ordered this after checking a lot online and discussing it with a few veterans on Reddit.
GPU's require very thick paste and anything, not thick will suffer from the pump-out effect.
I used to use Arctic Silver 5 and temps get very bad within a week of applying due to this.
Not a problem at all just do make sure to measure or give proper check to the size of the thermal pads over the VRMs, VRAM etc. Even cooler masters cheapo thermal compound is extremely thick, not the best but helps on a budget for specifically graphic cards.

How effective are these thermal pads anyway? I was looking for better thermal conductivity for the CPU/GPU in my laptop but ended up ordering copper heatsinks for the Raspberry Pi from China which I hope will help more with the heat dissipation compared to thermal pads.
Thermal pads help transfer the heat to those copper heatsinks in GPUs as the VRAMs, VRMs and even the mosfets (in some cases) dont generally interact with the copper heat spreader as the main die would (the main GPU core/chip) with thermal paste, since there's always a space between them thermal pads need to be of the right size, too large and it could crush them under pressure or cause and uneven board where some parts may interact with the heat spreader and some wont, too thin and the same problem arises again.

Typically if you change thermal paste you should ALWAYS change the thermal pads.

In your case Im not able to understand whether you have a laptop or rasberry pie, laptops thermal paste is more than sufficient some may have thermal pads and thats fine as the pressure of the the heatpipes is always pretty even in most cases. For raspberry pies never have done any work on them so cant say much but a good heatspreader with good thermal paste should do the job well.

As for effectiveness, the change in thermal pads depending on use case and age can reduce GPU temps by 10-15 degrees if it was used full tilt throughout, and its pretty aged now. To a negligible difference if you literally bought it a few months back. This in turn will help with the performance and prolong the life of that card.
 

chimera86o

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How effective are these thermal pads anyway? I was looking for better thermal conductivity for the CPU/GPU in my laptop but ended up ordering copper heatsinks for the Raspberry Pi from China which I hope will help more with the heat dissipation compared to thermal pads.
For laptops buy gelid GC extreme thermal paste only 1gm tube or cooler master Mastergel nano/maker.
For GPU and laptops, the thermal paste should be very thick and viscous else it will suffer from pump-out as said above.

For thermal pads, you can check from the vendor "adwits" on Amazon.
My friend too did purchase from them for his GPU and said it was good.

Good quality thermal paste and thermal pads will definitely help with the temperature. Earlier i used some no-brand name thermal paste(which comes in a 100gm jar) that I got for free.
Thermals will absolute dog shit and I always had high temperatures. Post that I spent 600 and purchased a tube of Arctic Silver 5 and it was night and day.
Not all thermal paste is good, check for from know brands like Arctic, Noctua, Thermal Grizzly, Cooler Master, and Gelid only. Would not recommend anything else(though i am not sure about Corsair and DeepCool thermal paste).



 

t3chg33k

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For laptops buy gelid GC extreme thermal paste only 1gm tube or cooler master Mastergel nano/maker.
For GPU and laptops, the thermal paste should be very thick and viscous else it will suffer from pump-out as said above.

For thermal pads, you can check from the vendor "adwits" on Amazon.
My friend too did purchase from them for his GPU and said it was good.

Good quality thermal paste and thermal pads will definitely help with the temperature. Earlier i used some no-brand name thermal paste(which comes in a 100gm jar) that I got for free.
Thermals will absolute dog shit and I always had high temperatures. Post that I spent 600 and purchased a tube of Arctic Silver 5 and it was night and day.
Not all thermal paste is good, check for from know brands like Arctic, Noctua, Thermal Grizzly, Cooler Master, and Gelid only. Would not recommend anything else(though i am not sure about Corsair and DeepCool thermal paste).



I will certainly be repasting the CPU/GPU later in the year, most probably with Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut or Noctua H1. I was thinking of whether thermal pads help in disappating the heat from the copper pipes that run within a laptop.

I picked up some copper heatsinks meant for the Pi with the idea of installing them over the heatpipes running over the CPU/GPU as well as the VRM to improve the heat dissipation. Will see how that goes but can also try using thermal pads for other areas of the laptop.
 

chimera86o

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hey anyone brought the ADWITS thermal pads, my order was cancelled due to shipping logistics and lockdown where I live.
But the reviews said they are sticking very badly and people have advised against it for high TDP application like gaming laptops and GPU's.
I am now again on the hunt for thermal pads. Sadly the gelid ones in amazon went out of stock.

I need them for my GPU, please let me know.

 

chimera86o

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OK, guys so I got the Gelid thermal paste and it is great. Much better than arctic silver 5 and MX4(i guess) and even cooler master thermal paste. Temps have dropped by 2 and on idle with fan stop it is 2 degrees lower for my 1080.
Other pastes always pushed the temps up 3-4 degrees from the actual factory thermal paste due to the pump-out effect.
For thermal pads, I used my old ones and it seems ok(generic old new stock), it is not for the memory chips but for VRM which did not have the thermal pads(know mod for my card as said by many reviews online) used 1 mm pads stacked up to make them 2mm.

All seems good, definitely recommend the Gelid thermal paste for GPUs, especially over the other well-known brands.
 
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