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Windows 7: How to apply artic silver 5 paste?

22 Mar 2010   #21

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
Yeah,, you always want to clean the two surfaces with Rubbing Alcohol and something soft, not abrasive, to clean them really good, then let it dry or blow on it till it evaporates, to get any oils from fingers, or old paste, etc off. Then put the amount of Arctic Silver 5 you need (small amount will due) and don't touch it. When you place the heat sink on, you give a slight twist in both directions without pressing too hard, let the weight of the sink due the work. Then secure it down.
The heat from the processor and the pressure from the heatsink will spread it out evenly.

Yes, people are over doing it and over thinking it. Plus keep in mind that the paste will cure over time and spread where it needs to to fill in all the gaps. I have been doing it for decades and never had a single problem. There is no need, nor do you want to touch it and/or spread it out, you do not want foreign matter of any kind, including oils from your fingers interfering with the paste's properties.

Also,, you do not want to put too little, nor too much. The pea size people mention is about the size of a green pea. or well roughly that size.

Also read the link provided above from Arctic Silver for correct amounts. You can't go wrong with their suggestions.
OK i should be all set now, i know somebody with some alcohol solution. I'll use that to get of the bit that was used in the factroy.
I'm gonna go for the blob method and let the heat sink do the work, seems the best and easiest way.
So after i put the paste on, do i just use the computer as normal or do i need to leave it on for a certain amount of time?

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22 Mar 2010   #22

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Nope,, just use it as normal. The heat from the CPU will work out the rest...

Arctic Silver Incorporated - Arctic Silver 5

Arctic Silver 5 does not contain any silicone. The suspension fluid is a proprietary mixture of advanced polysynthetic oils that work together to provide three distinctive functional phases. As it comes from the tube, Arctic Silver 5's consistency is engineered for easy application. During the CPU's initial use, the compound thins out to enhance the filling of the microscopic valleys and ensure the best physical contact between the heatsink and the CPU core. Then the compound thickens slightly over the next 50 to 200 hours of use to its final consistency designed for long-term stability.
(This should not be confused with conventional phase change pads that are pre-attached to many heatsinks. Those pads melt each time they get hot then re-solidify when they cool. The viscosity changes that Arctic Silver 5 goes through are much more subtle and ultimately much more effective.)
Also keep in mind that again,, you do not want to use too little or too much...

The 3.5 gram tube contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates. At a layer 0.003" thick, the 3.5 gram tube will cover approximately 16 square inches.
That is why, you should read the following,,,,,
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26 Mar 2010   #23

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

just to let you know i now have the artic silver on the cpu and its all back to normal. fan speeds have stayed constant and temp has dropped around 4-5 C. Thanks people
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26 Mar 2010   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
I just put a big blob in the middle of the chip, smear it around with my finger tip and then tap it out into a smooth, gooey layer, and put on the heatsink.
That's kind of how I did it, as the other methods seemed a bit fidgety, and AS5 imo is too gooey to use the card method. So after getting what I believed to be enough on, put the heat sink on and moved it about whilst applying pressure to flatten it out, and been more than happy with my temps so far.
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26 Mar 2010   #25

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit

To clean up CPU chip paste (of all types) I use cotton buds sprayed with Electronic Cleaning Solvent. One 400ml can lasts ages(Years for an average punter)! eg from Maplins/Radio Shack etc. REF:ECSP400D

I also use a magnifying glass to clear up any Paste that has liquified/leaked around the chip (on older-type CPU's.) which might short circuit various nearby bits etc

Usually spread the Arctic silver(Rice grain size on older cpu's, Pea size newer!) with tip of small screwdriver which is easily wiped clean!
(If the bottom of the heatsink is rough/badly finished I usually add a tiny bit more paste)
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26 Mar 2010   #26
Duke of Alinor

Win7 32 / 64 and XP 32 / 64 (on various other computers as well)

Pea wins, spreading with a finger can cause air pockets.
Thin line on one side works as well if you really want your finger in there.

Thermal Paste aplication guide and explanation - techPowerUp! Forums

has the lowdown

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27 Mar 2010   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Everyone who said a very small pea shaped blob in the center of the cpu is right. The reason is because heat sink will spread it out evenly when the heat sink is applied. Over time, around 200 hours give or take, it will thicken and become stable, so it does not need to be spread out by hand for that reason too.

Arctic Silver Incorporated - Arctic Silver 5.

Arctic Silver, Inc. - Instructions
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27 Mar 2010   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Has anyone used artic silver 5 on the chipset? A lot of chipsets now a days have heatsinks on them as well.
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27 Mar 2010   #29
The Apathetic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Put a pea sized blob on the middle and spread it around with a business card..
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27 Mar 2010   #30

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

I'm sorry, but honestly,, I have to reiterate, that there is absolutely not one single solitary reason in the entire universe's of all that have existed or will ever exist to use your fingers or a card or anything else of any imagination when applying Arctic Silver 5.

However, one can apply it any way they like, it's really a waste of time and effort though.
And this may not be true for all pastes, cause there is a lot of pastes out there that just plain suck.

They are not all equal, and AS5 beats them all.
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