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Thread: How much Thermal paste?




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    I was wondering just how much thermal paste you need on a CPU. The one I took off the mobo had a lot of silver compound smeared across the whole top.
    I have seen some with just the center raised portion covered.
    Could the silver short out the little raised thingies on the top of the chip?
    Is this a dumb question? :rolleyes:

    Thanks : peace2:

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    go see this site Artic Silver Follow these instructions carefully... for your own good! ;)
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    Thanks syx!!

    Thats a great page.. Though I don't think the thermal paste I have is Artic Silver. It's silver colored and says it is 10% silver but there is no brand name on the tube. A made in China knock off maybe? I just hope it will do the job.

    Again thanks!
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    Arctic Silver 3 is like 99% silver i think...

    it should be applied only on the CPU core: "the central raised bit", paper thickness.

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    When I removed my cpu it had a load of old compound on the chip as well heh, but I wouldn't worry about shorting out the chip I have never known that to happen.

    But to answer your question yes you only need it on the square part in the middle and only a tiny bit which you then spread over so it covers the entire square as a thin even layer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrysalis
    When I removed my cpu it had a load of old compound on the chip as well heh, but I wouldn't worry about shorting out the chip I have never known that to happen.

    But to answer your question yes you only need it on the square part in the middle and only a tiny bit which you then spread over so it covers the entire square as a thin even layer.
    Thermal Paste is conductive so having it accidently spilt between the bridges probably isnt the best idea. :confused:
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