After about a year using the 5700xt I noticed that I was losing FPS. Temps seem fine. But I noticed that the fan speed was ramping up a lot higher. But temps were still fine. Well, having done this 1000x already I knew I had to re-apply paste but I thought it was odd that I needed to do so this early. Well, when I opened it up this is what I found: That's a 1st! Saying I needed to re-apply paste is an understatement. But if you look closer you will see that thermal paste was applied in small dot grid. And I wondered if that causes some of my OC issues from a month ago. However, after re-applying thermal compound the fan is at 0 RPM at desktop consistently now. I almost forgot it could do that.