Apply Thermal Paste: This will keep the graphics card cool!

The results: graphics cards with dust-dry thermal paste do not dissipate the heat from the heat sink and fan – this does not last long, in the worst case, the graphics chip burns through

Apply thermal grease: This will keep the graphics card cool!

If your graphics card generates too much heat, you should reapply the thermal compound. You do not know how? No problem: Windows Headlines shows how to do it step by step.

Between the graphics chip and cooling system, there is a thermal paste, which helps the graphics card dissipate heat. Constant influence of high temperatures changes the consistency of the paste – it literally dehydrates over the years.

And if graphics card manufacturers use inferior paste, drying out will be faster. The result: graphics cards with dust-dry thermal paste do not dissipate the heat from the heat sink and fan – this does not last long, in the worst case, the graphics chip burns through.

The following rule of thumb applies: After three years of operation, the graphics card is ready for refreshing the thermal paste. Even after the purchase of used graphics cards, a renewal is recommended.

WINDOWS HEADS shows how to do it in simple steps.

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How hot is my graphics card?

Apply thermal grease: This will keep the graphics card cool!

Your graphics card is booming? Do you experience performance problems while gambling? If the fans do not chase after cooling, graphics cards reduce their performance by slowing down the clock speed – and they also develop less heat. Tip: Use the GPU-Z tool to determine the temperature of your graphics card.

Although the chips on graphics cards can handle a bit more heat than processors in the motherboard, they should not exceed 60 degrees in normal operation. When playing, the pain threshold is about 90 degrees Celsius.

At 100 degrees and more, you should act immediately: First, remove the PC wall and check whether the fans installed on the graphics card are still rotating. Rotate it, it’s time to refresh the thermal paste.

Remove thermal paste safely

Before you apply new thermal paste, you must remove the old one. For this, you need a plastic scraper, fine cloth, and highly concentrated alcohol. First, carefully scrape off the coarsest of thermal paste from the base and the radiator. Then moisten the rag with the alcohol and carefully wipe away the leftovers. It takes a while, but patience pays off.

Preparation is half the battle

Before you get started: First, prepare yourself well. If you want to maintain your hardware regularly, you should treat yourself to a computer technology repair kit. This consists of screwdrivers with different bits to attach. It is also generally suitable for use for cell phone maintenance.

Also indispensable are a container for the screws, alcohol for cleaning the chip and cooler attachments, cloths for cleaning or drying and, of course, solid thermal paste. In comparison, the MasterGel by Cooler Master prevailed.

Graphics card still too hot

If your graphics card runs well over 90 degrees Celsius despite the new thermal paste, the cause may be jammed heat in the case.


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