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Thermal Paste

by DaSpEcTeR / October 9, 2005 2:08 PM PDT

I'm not sure what to do at this point. I've installed my CPU but not the heatsink. The heatsink has a gray pad which I think is the thermal paste. The thing is I want to use Artic Silver for my thermal paste. What should I do? Should I leave the thermal pad on the heatsink and apply Artic silver on the CPU and on top of the thermal pad on the heatsink -or- should I remove the thermal pad on the heatsink and smudge some Artic Silver on it and the CPU?

I'm not sure if it's of any benefit but it's a Pentium D 830 processor.

Also, can anyone tell me if a thicker layer of Artic Silver will give me better heat dissipation on my CPU? Thanks

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if u can remove the pad
by nerdyboy1234 / October 9, 2005 4:52 PM PDT
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and then use the arctic silver paste

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AS help link
by Willy / October 9, 2005 9:36 PM PDT
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Re the thicker application
by Ray Harinec / October 10, 2005 12:08 AM PDT
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ABSOLUTELY not. It will then become reduce its effectiveness. The layer should be very thin, its sole purpose is to fill in the microscopic voids caused because the two surfaces are not perfectly flat.

The thermal pad, is called a phase change device, looks thick, but melts when the system is turned on and the CPU heats it up, creating a thin layer.

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by DaSpEcTeR / October 10, 2005 3:13 AM PDT

Thanks for the speedy feedback. You've all been a great help, thanks again.

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Completely remove the thermal pad and clean the surface w...
by martylk2 / October 10, 2005 3:32 AM PDT
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by martylk2 / October 10, 2005 6:43 AM PDT
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