So I had everything ready to go today. I followed a YouTube video on the basic thermal paste replacement of an ASUS gaming laptop. What I didn’t like was that after I had everything opened up, I had issues with 2 of 8 screws for the heat sink, specifically over the CPU. *Now they are stripped and no philips head can grab them, I decided to use my leatherman‘s pliers which did work.
I go it all put back together, ran HWiNFO and found that my core temps and core package temps were lower after playing some Modern Warfare. *Easily 15-20*C lower.
But... my GPU *temps are now about 6-10 degrees hotter than average...maxing at about 82 degrees*
*Where can I get more tiny machine/electronics screws?
How do I assess my thermal paste is working for the GPU? Take it apart and see how it spreed, then adjust from there?*
Lastly, how do I know if the thermal pads are the proper thickness? I imagine they’d have marks on them from the tightening of the heat sink
Factory paste / pads
cleaned vram, GPU, CPU, etc. *
Underside of heat sink before cleaning (mirrored for proper thermal pad application)
Applied 0.5 mm arctic thermal pads...I felt like a surgeon after this.*