@Phoenix. Nice post with some good points however I disagree with the comment about thermal material. There is no way in heaven or hell that premium thermal pastes not as good as the stuff Dell ships with their cards. Every time I repaste it is much better. The problem isn't that the paste itself is bad, but the fact that they apply it like thermal pad. It is a thin sheet of really hard stuff. that just sits between the GPU and contact area. So even if the paste is good stuff, the application stops it from being effective.