How do I know if I've shorted my video card? Answered
So I have two 8600 GT's in SLI, and lately I've noticed that the second one was running a bit hot. So I reapplied the thermal paste with some AC5 I have lying around. However, I accidentally got some on/around some of the extremely small circuitry next to the GPU processor. I cleaned it off the best I could with rubbing alcohol, and everything seems to work fine, except I've been noticing some artifacts in my games that weren't there before. I'm wondering if I might have caused a short circuit by bridging some connections with the thermal paste, which would then cause the artifacts. It is the conductive kind after all :(. So is this a plausible conclusion, or would a short circuit have already fried my card? Any other ideas as to what's causing the artifacts?