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Maximising The Life of Your GPU/Pad + Paste Replacement

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Ivs, 29 Jun 2021.

  1. Ivs

    Associate

    Joined: 12 Jun 2021

    Posts: 56

    Location: Ireland

    Hi guys, I need some of your wisdom.

    Im planning on buying a brand new 3070 once prices are reasonable and I want to maximise its lifespan. I know the cooler you can keep your system the longer the components tend to last. (In regards to the case, I have one with superb airflow [Phanteks P600S], so Im good there).

    Ive looked at a lot of material online and it seems the ASUS TUF and Gigabyte Gaming OC seem to have the best temps.

    I have a specific question: is there any benefit to changing the thermal pads and thermal paste of a GPU with high grade replacements once you buy it? Does it make a difference to temps? Are the ones that come with the card out of the factory the best you can get/good enough? Any of your wisdom on this would be great.

    Also, any other tips/wisdom on keeping your GPU cool as possible would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Captain_Bosh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Feb 2014

    Posts: 1,176

    Location: Lancashire

    I'd not bother replacing them on a new card unless I was fitting a water cooler. You are more likely to damage it and void your warranty.
    Just ensure there is good airflow in your case and give it a good dusting every now and then (every 6 months or so)
    I'd recommend one of the electric air dusters you can get they are better than canned air.
     
  3. CuriousTomCat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Nov 2018

    Posts: 2,094

    Changing the pads matters to enthusiasts. I've not heard anyone change pads on a 3070 though because it's not really an enthusiast tier GPU. There's a lot of talk about changing pads on the 3090 though which apparently does make a difference.
     
  4. Benass

    Hitman

    Joined: 8 Mar 2011

    Posts: 626

    This is really bad advice .
    Ofcoz u can change Thermal pads.
    It's easy to do and u can improve Tems.
    Or if it was done properly In a factory , u will end up with same tems ,but with piece of mind.
     
  5. sgoaty

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,542

    Location: Inverness

    Depending on the GPU it's probably not worth the trouble.
    Download HWInfo and monitor temps during a stress test to see if you have an issue before getting the screwdrivers out just my 2p
     
  6. Captain_Bosh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Feb 2014

    Posts: 1,176

    Location: Lancashire

    What is bad advice? If you are not going to be specific why bother quoting me?
    In the context of increasing the lifespan of a brand new GPU changing the pads is a pretty pointless exercise as its going to be covered under warranty for a few years anyway. Lots of easier ways to get temps down than risking voiding your warranty.
     
  7. ASMB

    Hitman

    Joined: 12 Jan 2021

    Posts: 765

    You can lower the heat of the card by running games at lower frame rates, hopefully saving electricity and increasing the cards life at the same time
     
  8. Marak

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Mar 2017

    Posts: 250

    Location: Lincoln

    Apologies if you are not a native English speaker but this is very difficult to read, it is also wrong.

    There is no need to change anything on most 3070 cards so long as the temperatures you are seeing are at reasonable levels. Download and run GPU-Z then give your PC a good gaming session then check the "Show highest reading" in the GPU temperature section. Anything below 80 and you don't need to worry about a thing.

    Losing warranty because you changed thermal paste/pads when it's not needed is not worth it, and pads can be expensive especially if you mess up a couple of times (as I have found out myself with my 3090).
     
  9. Benass

    Hitman

    Joined: 8 Mar 2011

    Posts: 626

    U right about The temperature. If its below 80 than there is no reason To do anything .

    U wrong About Loosing Warranty by removing Few screws .

    I can replace thermal paste and pads and u would tell the difference.

    So there's That.

    In the end of the day, I guess The one must know What hes doing .
     
  10. Danny75

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Aug 2013

    Posts: 8,395

    Undervolting is also a great way to prolong the life of a card. You can still usually OC the GPU a bit if it's decent silicon anyway. Undervolting can achieve the same/better results as replacing pads with better ones, till the card is out of warranty and you can replace them (if that's a concern).
     
  11. Marak

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Mar 2017

    Posts: 250

    Location: Lincoln

    Yes I can't remember the last card I ran at stock settings. A little undervolting works wonders you can often drop temps 20% with only 2-3% drop in performance.
     
  12. Danny75

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Aug 2013

    Posts: 8,395

    Yes, and can help with noise. And fine tune it so the frequency doesn't scale up and down while you are playing as it hits temp or power limits.
     
  13. Zefan

    Don

    Joined: 15 Jan 2006

    Posts: 31,238

    Location: Tosche Station

    GPU manufacturers say otherwise I'm afraid.
     
  14. xPETEZx

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Feb 2021

    Posts: 450

    ...and consumer rights say otherwise again...

    The usual nannies out in force about voiding warranties again I see.

    You know that overclocking voids the warranty too right?

    There isnt some alarm that triggers at the manufacture when you change the pads. ITs up to them to prove you damaged the card. Thats assuming you even end up needing the warranty.

    Changing thermal pads ranks about the same in difficulty as installing a CPU and heatsink without bending the pins imo. Be careful and take your time and the risk should be minimal.
     
  15. tyler_jrb

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Aug 2013

    Posts: 4,549

    Location: Lincolnshire

    No and No.

    Unless the components are getting to above design/spec then likely you wouldn’t do anything by reducing temps by several degrees at the most.

    As others have said you would be far better off undervolting if life of the card is what you want to maximise but just like any electronics there isn’t really a given time frame anything will last. You could undervolt your card replace paste and pads and it die in 2 years or someone run it normally and it lasts 5. Just the way it is.
     
  16. anderton46

    Associate

    Joined: 12 Dec 2012

    Posts: 87

    I would imagine it is pretty easy to tell if the thermal pads have been changed though? So when you send a broken card back they can just identify that and cancel the warranty.
     
  17. azazl187

    Mobster

    Joined: 19 Jan 2010

    Posts: 3,168

    What on earth!? Why would you even do this!? You buy a GPU at a specific level for a guaranteed level of performance. Who would then downgrade it to save electricity or increase the life of the card?
     
  18. Benass

    Hitman

    Joined: 8 Mar 2011

    Posts: 626

    how would they know?
     
  19. Benass

    Hitman

    Joined: 8 Mar 2011

    Posts: 626

    this is another problem. U imagine, yet your words tells me you do not understand. I respect your choise to live by the book, But let me tell you, i can make modifications on gpu and the manufacturer will not tell the difference.
     
  20. anderton46

    Associate

    Joined: 12 Dec 2012

    Posts: 87

    yeah but you don't understand do you. You aren't going to be changing the thermal pads for him are you? So potentially.. a guy who's never opened up a card before isn't going to make it look perfect.