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Should I add new thermal paste to a 2nd hand GPU?

Hiya, I own a 2nd hand Nvidia GTX 960 that I bought off eBay but haven't put it in a rig yet. Because it's used I want to know if I should add new thermal paste or if I'd be alright with the stuff that had been applied when it was new by Nvidia themselves. It is a 960 after all, so it's not THAT old. But I'm still not sure if it'd need new thermal paste or not.

Can anyone help me out?

Cheers in advance,
Rob
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    You probably don't need new thermal paste unless the GPU has none. :)
  2. blokewhoknowsnothingabouttech said:
    Hiya, I own a 2nd hand Nvidia GTX 960 that I bought off eBay but haven't put it in a rig yet. Because it's used I want to know if I should add new thermal paste or if I'd be alright with the stuff that had been applied when it was new by Nvidia themselves. It is a 960 after all, so it's not THAT old. But I'm still not sure if it'd need new thermal paste or not.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Cheers in advance,
    Rob


    Well, the first owner might have already applied new TIM, especially if it happened to be a bitcoin miner. But regardless...if your temps are okay, no need to reapply.
  3. I would, but that would be just to give it a thorough cleaning and get all the dust out of the heat sink and off the fans.

    If it looks relatively dust free though, no reason to and the less invasive cleaning of canned air will do.
  4. KyleADunn said:
    blokewhoknowsnothingabouttech said:
    Hiya, I own a 2nd hand Nvidia GTX 960 that I bought off eBay but haven't put it in a rig yet. Because it's used I want to know if I should add new thermal paste or if I'd be alright with the stuff that had been applied when it was new by Nvidia themselves. It is a 960 after all, so it's not THAT old. But I'm still not sure if it'd need new thermal paste or not.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Cheers in advance,
    Rob


    Well, the first owner might have already applied new TIM, especially if it happened to be a bitcoin miner. But regardless...if your temps are okay, no need to reapply.


    Well the original owner didn't say if he/she applied new thermal paste and apparently it wasn't used for bitcoin mining. Like I've said I haven't put it in a rig and booted it up yet so I dunno about temps
  5. blokewhoknowsnothingabouttech said:
    KyleADunn said:
    blokewhoknowsnothingabouttech said:
    Hiya, I own a 2nd hand Nvidia GTX 960 that I bought off eBay but haven't put it in a rig yet. Because it's used I want to know if I should add new thermal paste or if I'd be alright with the stuff that had been applied when it was new by Nvidia themselves. It is a 960 after all, so it's not THAT old. But I'm still not sure if it'd need new thermal paste or not.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Cheers in advance,
    Rob


    Well, the first owner might have already applied new TIM, especially if it happened to be a bitcoin miner. But regardless...if your temps are okay, no need to reapply.


    Well the original owner didn't say if he/she applied new thermal paste and apparently it wasn't used for bitcoin mining. Like I've said I haven't put it in a rig and booted it up yet so I dunno about temps


    Fire it up and check the temps. That'll tell you whether or not you need new paste. If you're worried about it being too hot during that first start up, remember that these cards have built in fail-safes to prevent burning up (not that anyone should ever test this intentionally). It'll shut down before doing so.
  6. KyleADunn said:
    blokewhoknowsnothingabouttech said:
    KyleADunn said:
    blokewhoknowsnothingabouttech said:
    Hiya, I own a 2nd hand Nvidia GTX 960 that I bought off eBay but haven't put it in a rig yet. Because it's used I want to know if I should add new thermal paste or if I'd be alright with the stuff that had been applied when it was new by Nvidia themselves. It is a 960 after all, so it's not THAT old. But I'm still not sure if it'd need new thermal paste or not.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Cheers in advance,
    Rob


    Well, the first owner might have already applied new TIM, especially if it happened to be a bitcoin miner. But regardless...if your temps are okay, no need to reapply.


    Well the original owner didn't say if he/she applied new thermal paste and apparently it wasn't used for bitcoin mining. Like I've said I haven't put it in a rig and booted it up yet so I dunno about temps


    Fire it up and check the temps. That'll tell you whether or not you need new paste. If you're worried about it being too hot during that first start up, remember that these cards have built in fail-safes to prevent burning up (not that anyone should ever test this intentionally). It'll shut down before doing so.


    Thanks for the reply, from what others have said I should be fine without adding new thermal paste, without even checking the temps but I'll keep your advice in mind too.
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