Is my GeForce 6600 damaged?

By sim1984
Nov 1, 2009
  1. Hi I recently took my graphics card out to clean it and noticed soemthing disturbing...

    My card is an Nvidia GeForce 6600 and when I lifted off the fan to clean I noticed this white substance that appeared to be leaking out of the chip.

    Is the chip damaged?
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    when you say "lifted up the fan" do you mean the heat-sink also? GPU's also have thermal compound that is used between the GPU heat spreader and the surface of the heat-sink. the factory thermal compound is often white/grey in color. when you reassemble the heat-sink/fan you need to clean the old thermal compound off and re-apply new compound to it, or the next time you start your machine your card will burn up in about 4 seconds.
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