[Thermal Paste] How/what and where to buy?

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  1. Undertaxxx

    Undertaxxx Notebook Consultant

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    okay thank you.

    Is there any guide on the forum on how to apply thermal paste, For notebooks? (maybe specific for 5920G?)

    I've tried the search button but didn't find anything..

    Thx
     
  2. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    use a card to smooth out a very thin layer into the CPU, then do the same for the heatsink. also you may wan't to do it to the GPU. that's how I did it.
    Make sure the layer is very very thin.
     
  3. Undertaxxx

    Undertaxxx Notebook Consultant

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    Is the diamond paste safer then the silver? Cause the silver one is conductive, and if i mess up or spill a bit on the motherboard things might get nasty..
     
  4. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I think the diamond is not only safer but it also has better thermal properties.
     
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    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    While diamond has better thermal properties, I honestly doubt the paste has a significant amount of diamond to make much difference. But if it's the same price, go for it.
     
  6. MrX8503

    MrX8503 Notebook Evangelist

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    AS5 is not the best thermal paste anymore, although it is up there.

    Many of the top thermal pastes are pretty close in performance, but the AS5 is conductive, which could short something out if you're not careful. But its pretty uncommon.

    I use Tuniq TX-2, which is better than AS5 and I think close to be being the best and its not conductive.

    Here's the best way to apply:

    1: Clean cpu and heatsink with 99% alcohol
    2: Apply small amount on cpu and heatsink
    3: Wipe away thermal grease (dont use alcohol)
    4: Apply thermal grease (grain of rice) on cpu only. (Pea size for Desktop cpu)
    5: Remount heatsink

    The reason for step #3 is because when you do this, you fill micro imperfections in the heatsink/cpu.

    Also, you may notice that I didn't suggest spreading with a credit card/razor blade. This is because it has been proven more effective to let the heatsink spread it from its pressure, than to spread it yourself.

    This is the very best way to apply thermal grease, other than lapping the heatsink yourself, which I would advise against as it is a lot of labor.
     
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    avanish11 Panda! ^_^

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    If you want a cheaper and safer alternative to Arctic Silver 5, try Arctic Silver Ceramique. It does about the same job as AS5, without the slight capacitance.
     
  9. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    how can spreading it be worse than just letting the heatsink do the work?
    Do you have a link to the proof?
     
  10. LoneWolf15

    LoneWolf15 The Chairman

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    +1. Also doesn't have the huge curing time of AS5, and as you said, it costs a lot less.
     
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