- Jun 7, 2007
iirc, the radeon vii, which also uses a graphite pad, performed much worse when it was switched with paste.I think these are good cards, but AMD really missed with the launch cooling.
I just looked at Techpowerup's breakdown of the 5700xt and 5700. They are shipping these cards with graphite/epoxy pads on the GPU core, instead of thermal paste.
I'm not gonna say "guarantee". But I would be super surprised if a quality thermal paste is not much better. Personally, I would remove the heatsink and do the swap.
Alllllso, if the heatsink has open fins underneathe the fan shroud: you could remove the shroud and turbine fan and then strap a fan to the top of the heatsink (unfortunately, techpowerup didn't remove the shroud to reveal the heatsink). If you have lots of space in your case, 80mm case fans are awesome for this. If you are limited on space, Noctua makes a 90mm slim fan. Which is also awesome for this. I have a couple strapped to my 7870 with twist ties. That's gonna be a giant improvment over the turbine fan. I don't use cases with windows anymore. So i don't care if it looks stupid.
Edit : added link