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    Default Thermal Paste

    Is it necessary to use Thermal paste on brand new CPU (Intel) with original heatsink + fan? Notice that it has something pasted on the bottom of the heatsink. Is this a kind of thermal paste?

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste

    It comes with a kind of thermal paste already on the heatsink. If you are not overclocking too much, there is nothing wrong with it.
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    Default Re: Thermal Paste

    there is often a bit of plastic wrap over the thermal paste, make sure you take that off before fitting heat sink.

    IMHO your better off to clean that thermal paste of, lap (very finely sandpaper and then polish) the base of the heat sink. use some decent thermal paste and you can get quite a bit of improvement for next to no cost.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste

    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    there is often a bit of plastic wrap over the thermal paste, make sure you take that off before fitting heat sink.

    IMHO your better off to clean that thermal paste of, lap (very finely sandpaper and then polish) the base of the heat sink. use some decent thermal paste and you can get quite a bit of improvement for next to no cost.
    You mean, even with brand new Intel heatsinks?

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste

    yes, especially with OEM heatsinks.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Hi Bk t

    Thermal paste in required between every heat source and heatsink in computers. Its main function is to conduct heat across the junction between the two surfaces. For a better understanding how it works goto HERE.

    Hope this helps

    BURNZEE

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste

    He was more asking if the wax on the bottom of the IHS was thermal paste, I think.

    It is.

    It's just not very good.

    If you decide to lap your heatsink, make sure you only do it VERY lightly, with VERY fine grade sandpaper. And if you're in doubt at all, ask here first. The only stupid question is one asked too late.

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste

    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    yes, especially with OEM heatsinks.
    Tweak'e, from what I have heard, HS are built with a concave surface to accommodate the CPU. Flattening the HS is not always a good idea, though most extreme clocker's do lap the HS.
    The TIM on HS nowadays is MX2, which is just as good as AS5, I certainly didnt need to change the paste on my ACF7pro...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    IMHO your better off to clean that thermal paste of, lap the base of the heat sink. use some decent thermal paste
    But not in Intels or AMDs opinion.
    wipe your paws.

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste

    Just use whats on the heatsink as is.
    Seems to works with 99.99% of the PC's out there.

    http://www.dansdata.com/goop.htm

    funny article,he tested toothpaste, vegemite, arctic silver & generic thermal paste.

    "If you think any particular grease is going to cause your CPU to run more than a few degrees Celsius cooler than any other grease, though, then assuming the grease is properly applied, you're dreaming"

    "If your PC's so marginal that a CPU running three or four degrees Celsius warmer will crash it, the solution is not to try to edge away from the precipice with better thermal compound - it's to make a big change to the cooling system, or just slow the darn thing down."

    "That's right - Toothpaste Superior To Arctic Silver 3!"

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