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    Default Where to get thermal pads locally

    I'm replacing the thermal pads on the VRM heatsinks on an old 1150 motherboard but can't find any thermal pads locally. I've ordered some off aliexpress for future projects but hoping to find something quicker.
    I've found one on trademe but it's 2.0mm and I only need 1.0mm ideally. There is an EK kit available at computer lounge but seems like poor value for money. Element14 has heaps but I can't figure out what's suitable for the application.

    I'm hoping to find a place that supplies them for watercooling applications etc so I know it's good for the job. Anyone know of anywhere? Christchurch would be ideal.

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    Default Re: Where to get thermal pads locally

    Why use pads ? Why not just use thermal grease/paste.

    Had one PC that some guy had tried pads, and he had nothing but trouble with overheating, removed the pad (or what was left of it) put in normal paste and the difference was noticeable instantly.

    Edited: heres some comments / comparisons on Tomshardware. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26...ermal-compound

    As for NZ doing a google search brings up this place: https://nz.element14.com/c/cooling-t...s/thermal-pads

    As well as https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/com...p?partid=26317
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    Default Re: Where to get thermal pads locally

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Why use pads ? Why not just use thermal grease/paste.

    Had one PC that some guy had tried pads, and he had nothing but trouble with overheating, removed the pad (or what was left of it) put in normal paste and the difference was noticeable instantly.

    Edited: heres some comments / comparisons on Tomshardware. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26...ermal-compound

    As for NZ doing a google search brings up this place: https://nz.element14.com/c/cooling-t...s/thermal-pads
    Many people are going to have to find out just what you said, but no worry; pads don't cause anything that money can't fix. Cheap thermal paste can be very expensive to sort out too. Good non-conducting paste can (depending on the hardware you're trying it on) save you thousands of $$.
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    Default Re: Where to get thermal pads locally

    I don't know about thermal pads but you can get absorbent ones at the supermarket...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Why use pads ? Why not just use thermal grease/paste.

    Had one PC that some guy had tried pads, and he had nothing but trouble with overheating, removed the pad (or what was left of it) put in normal paste and the difference was noticeable instantly.

    Edited: heres some comments / comparisons on Tomshardware. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26...ermal-compound

    As for NZ doing a google search brings up this place: https://nz.element14.com/c/cooling-t...s/thermal-pads

    As well as https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/com...p?partid=26317
    I thought about thermal paste however I don't have that much confidence in the heatsink mounts which are just plastic clips. I think it needs the thickness of the thermal pad to hold it firmly in place other wise it can rock from side to side easily. I'm assuming this is why temps have skyrocketed which is why I'm replacing the pads. As I said in my first post I have looked at the computer lounge one and element14 but shipping pushes price up to $30 which is more than I'm willing to spend on a little piece of silicon to sort a board that's probably worth $50. I guess I'll just play the waiting game for my $3 pads ex-China

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    Default Re: Where to get thermal pads locally

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I don't know about thermal pads but you can get absorbent ones at the supermarket...
    And in different sizes, mine is No5. PJ.
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    Default Re: Where to get thermal pads locally

    Quote Originally Posted by hueybot3000 View Post
    I guess I'll just play the waiting game for my $3 pads ex-China
    and the thermal resistance of those cheap pads are.........??????
    you may be wasting your time .

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