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Windows 7: Which thermal paste to use on laptop

17 Apr 2012   #1

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 
Which thermal paste to use on laptop

I have a Toshiba L550 laptop running 64bit 7 on with an i5 430M and have already put in 8GB RAM and just about to slip in an M4 Crucial 128GB for speeding it up.

I would like to swap out the 430M for a i5 560M and the manual tells me to use Shin-etsu thermal compound.

Now apart from where the heck to get it from I am wondering if there is some thing just as good - not that I know much about Shin-etsu as a product.

My usual supplier has several good thermal pastes like Arctic Sliver 5, Noctua NY-H1, Arctic Silver Ceramique, Arctic Silver Alumina Ceramic, Antec Formula 7 and something called Indigo Xtreme which I cannot get the gist of how it works.

I would appreciate some advice on which to use as being a laptop it's not something that can be pulled apart that easily if I have to change out the thermal.

I am not concerned with warranty anymore as it is just about out and as this is the very last Toshiba device I shall ever buy if it goes bung then it does.

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17 Apr 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I'd use Arctic Sliver 5, hear it is excellent, have used it twice on my systems and everything seems very cool. I'm sure it only matters by a few degrees (bad paste perhaps more), but I like it. Wasn't too expensive, if I can remember. I do not think it effects warranty, though.
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17 Apr 2012   #3

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
I'd use Arctic Sliver 5, hear it is excellent, have used it twice on my systems and everything seems very cool. I'm sure it only matters by a few degrees (bad paste perhaps more), but I like it. Wasn't too expensive, if I can remember. I do not think it effects warranty, though.
Ok Dusty I am going to order some and might just get some of that diamond stuff too and try out on the deskys when I get chance.

Now I saw in the Indigo ad some apps for checking the CPU heat one is called CPU Burn In and the other Speedfan ?by Almico? - what do you reckon of those two as the vid in the ad is very blurry and I cannot quite make out what the text is, and was wondering if it was an app that would be useful for measuring temps.
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17 Apr 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I believe I've heard some good things about indigo too, but alas, I haven't tried it. And unfortunately, I've never seen the ad either.

Mike (writhziden) suggested this to me for monitoring CPU temps: Real Temp
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17 Apr 2012   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Take a look at HWInfo32 for measuring temps of drives, motherboards, and CPUs; also for monitoring fan speeds.

Arctic Silver 5 is the old standby. No need to go with anything else, but if something else happens to be cheaper, give it a go. Thermal pastes don't differ much--it's all about marketing.
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17 Apr 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

And doesn't speccy monitor all of the hardware temps? I suppose there will be a lot of different little programs you can install for temp monitoring




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
I found it interesting that all programs mentioned were found in this little quote haha gave me a laugh
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17 Apr 2012   #7

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
I believe I've heard some good things about indigo too, but alas, I haven't tried it. And unfortunately, I've never seen the ad either.

Mike (writhziden) suggested this to me for monitoring CPU temps: Real Temp
Hum I couldn't find an ad either but I did find this which is fairly informative but for my purpose is not an option but for the O/Cer's might be worth a look.

I can get it out here and it really isn't that expensive ($26 a pop for a 1155, 1366, or 2011 socket) when you think it would be protecting say a $300 - $1000 CPU!
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17 Apr 2012   #8

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
And doesn't speccy monitor all of the hardware temps? I suppose there will be a lot of different little programs you can install for temp monitoring





Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
I found it interesting that all programs mentioned were found in this little quote haha gave me a laugh
Yeah mate Speccy is broken at the moment don't know whats wrong with the thing just won't go but I have IE probs too I am going to have to post about so....

Anyway thanks for the input mate I do appreciate it and am going to try those apps out as soon as I get the XP fixed - again
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17 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have no preference or loyalty to any thermal paste. It's only there to ensure contact between surfaces that are not absolutely dead on level with each other. I use whatever I have at my disposal.
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17 Apr 2012   #10

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I have no preference or loyalty to any thermal paste. It's only there to ensure contact between surfaces that are not absolutely dead on level with each other. I use whatever I have at my disposal.
Yeah I do too pp and do use whatever on testers and stuff I am doing up but as it is the laptop and needs so much pulling apart to get to it I wanted to be reasonably sure of what I put in there.

Plus knowing how rubbish and slow Toshiba support is and probably has a vested interest in stating that the Shin-etsu has to be used I just wanted some experienced opinions.

Anyway it will not be an issue in the future cos I am done with Toshiba in anything after two laptops and a 23.5" monitor have all had very annoying issues.
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