Thermaltake TMG ND5 VGA Coolerrobgs - August 8, 2007
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The first thing that we’ll have to do is remove the stock cooler from the 8800 GTX. The removal is quite simple as you just have to remove all of the bigger machine screws on the backside of the video card.
Once all of the screws are removed, the heat sink may be stuck to the GPU just through hydraulic action. Just gently apply enough force to separate the two components. I’m pretty sure the white thermal pads that are used on the original heat sink aren’t edible, so use some caution when extracting them and try not to get the compound on your skin.
To clean the chips and the GPU, I used some general purpose rubbing alcohol, which doesn’t quite cut the white paste, but works well for the thermal compound on the GPU. The residue from the white thermal pads does come of with a little work.
Now that the video card is clean, we can install the new thermal pads supplied with the TMG NG5. Basically, the idea here is to make sure the pad covers the entire surface of the chip.