The factory thermal paste that comes pre-applied on a new GPU is usually of a low quality & does not do a good job for very long. Replacing this with a high-quality thermal paste can greatly improve the operation of the GPU, especially when gaming or using other GPU intensive tasks.
When it comes to deciding what thermal paste to buy, you have a few options. ARCTIC MX-4 is the best-selling option, mainly because it’s easy to use & offers great durability. It can last up to eight years before needing replacement.
As for the application, it is important to remember that you should apply only a very small amount. You want to put just enough so that when you put the heatsink on top, it distributes it evenly. This is why a smaller applicator is preferred over a bigger one. Depending on the size of your GPU, 0.1ml will probably be sufficient, anything more would create a layer that’s too thick.
Lastly, it’s important to know that you should not over-tighten the heatsink when reassembling it. Doing so can smear the thermal paste around, which could reduce its effectiveness.
With a little bit of care & patience, you can replace your GPU thermal paste easily & effectively. By doing so, you will be able to increase the performance of your GPU for longer periods of time & avoid the common problem of overheating & throttling. Just make sure you use a good quality thermal paste like Kooling Monster KOLD-01, which isn’t electrically conductive & will not cause short circuits in your PC.