HardwareHobbyist clears up some misconceptions and presents you with an easy guide on replacing the thermal compound on your nVidia GTX 470 graphics card.
Thermal compound used was Innovation Cooling's IC Diamond 24 Carat TIM. We have found that this compound yields the best results.
Ambient temps: ~29C (~84F)
Fan Speeds: 52% Idle 82% Load
Before: 50C Idle 84C Load
After (No Burn-In): 47C Idle 75C Load
After (~24hr Burn-In): 46C Idle 73C Load
Results for my i7 980x (Also using IC Diamond):
Ambient Temps: ~22C (~72F)
Cooling: XSPC RX360 rad with 6 Scythe S-Flex 1600RPM fans (push/pull), Swiftech MCP655 (set to 5), Koolance CPU-360 Rev1.2 Waterblock.
There is no before as I used IC Diamond from the start :)
Test: LinX v0.6.4, 4899MB Ram, 25288 Problem Size, 5 runs, stable.
CPU Settings: 133 blck x 32 = 4.27GHz @ 1.33v HT ON
Max Temps (After burn in, all cores, 18m36s@100% Load): 57C, 62C, 55C, 54C, 57C, 55C
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