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

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  1. pacmandelight

    pacmandelight Notebook Deity

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    According to Arctic Silver's website, they said that letting the heatsink spread out the TIM on the heatspreader reduces the chance of air bubbles forming between the heatsink and TIM. I do not think this applies to CPUs with a small exposed core with no heatspreader.
     
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    MrX8503 Notebook Evangelist

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    http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=37&threadid=2139377

    "Since we have already established that placing a dollop in the middle of the CPU and letting the heatsink spread it out when it is installed is the best method, this guide will just explain the intricacies of that method." - Anandtech Forums

    Proof
    http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&number=5&artpage=3071&articID=635

    Some people are still using the old method of spreading it with a card/razor blade and have not kept up with the times. Spreading by mounting the heatsink is the definitive way of applying thermal compound.
     
  3. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    ok, I will do it your way now.
     
  4. Undertaxxx

    Undertaxxx Notebook Consultant

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    Same: ill do it like that now,

    but, how can you know if you put too much on it then? cause when you spread it manually you can see if you put too much and just remove it.. if you just put the heatsink on top again, things might get messy? Or am i wrong..

    I don't know -.-

    Anwyay, ill do some more research on how to apply, without taking risks damaging your motherboard.. I dont wan't to waste my laptop for some thermal paste.. it's just not worth it

    Grtz.
     
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    Great thread guys, im learning alot here and will most likely be doing the same, can thermal pads be replaced with paste?
     
  6. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    yes, it will give you better temps.
     
  7. pacmandelight

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    For laptops, the CPU likely has an exposed core and not an integrated heatspreader (IHS) like on desktops. I would probably just use the old razor blade/credit card method as the core is so small.

    For desktops, there are varying methods to use since modern desktop CPUs have an IHS.

    - Here is a method for a circular heatsink base: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.p...sk=view&id=170&Itemid=38&limit=1&limitstart=3

    - A square base: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.p...sk=view&id=170&Itemid=38&limit=1&limitstart=4

    - And a special Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) base: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.p...sk=view&id=170&Itemid=38&limit=1&limitstart=4
     
  8. Athinu

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    i use zalman zm-stg1 has this brush to apply it easily (so it's noob friendly) and comes off better than as5 and is just as good as as5 (in keeping the temps low) imo.

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    I just got a new tube of Arctic Cooling MX-2 after reading several reviews of it.

    In addition to cooling a bit better than class leading Arctic Silver 5, it has the following benefits:

    - no curing time so you get maximum performance right away
    - non-conductive: if you get some on some circuits, you will not cause a short
    - durable (8 years lifetime)

    Once I get my XPS M1330 back after motherboard replacement, I'll use it when I re-install my T8300 and copper-mod.
     
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