Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Thermal paste

29 Jan 2011   #21
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I want to know why the paste is so thick, wouldn't a more viscous base material work better? Or would that run a larger risk of running off the side if too much was applied?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
29 Jan 2011   #22
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Again, why risk scratching the surface with a razor??? Letting the heatsink pressure spread it is risk free and does the job perfectly.

Oh and I'm pretty sure thermal paste has a thick consistency so it fills the gaps properly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2011   #23
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Good advice and debate from all

~Lordbob
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

30 Jan 2011   #24
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I want to know why the paste is so thick, wouldn't a more viscous base material work better? Or would that run a larger risk of running off the side if too much was applied?
Certain compounds have their own particular viscosity, so there is no true 'one application method' that fits all.

Some are suited to the 'single dab' , others are suited to the 'twin lines' (for quads) and others the 'even' spread.

Regardless of method, one common factor is that they all are intended to achieve the same goal - a 'thin uniform' spread to fill in the minute gaps between the CPU and base of whatever cooler is attached.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #25
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The many methods I have seen.

Small dab, 1/2 the size of a grain of rice in the center. Apply cooler, slight twist left and right.

Same amount, spread with a credit card, should be so thin as the lettering shows through.

Same amount, turn a plastic sandwich bag inside out. Put your finger in the corner and spread the paste with your finger evenly.

For direct touch heat pipes. "Butter" the cooler bottom, wiping off all the paste on the flat surface, leaving the spaces near the tubes filled with the paste. VERY thin line on each pipe. Attach cooler.

Same as above, but spreading the paste very thinly along length of each pipe with a credit card.

Often when testing sites review coolers, they use the small amount, and apply cooler method, because they show a picture of the cooler removed so you see how well it covered the top of the CPU.

I personally think the thin (thin is the key word) spreading assures complete coverage, and erring on too little would be better than too much. Cover the bottom of the heatsink, and remove all the paste will also fill many imperfections.

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #26
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i'm not sure how well you can see from the photo, but i've got a couple of plastic 'templates' that you place over the chip, apply a lentil-ish sized dab of paste, then scrape off the excess with a credit-card-style applicator.

works well, and leaves a very thin film as deep as the plastic template.

it came from 'cooler master'.


Attached Thumbnails
-template.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #27
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

MM, That's a nice little gadget !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #28
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i'm sure you could make your own very easily.

it just needs to be the right size.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #29
Techymike

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

It is not so complicated, just add some paste and spread it out. Even the simple stuff for transistors works.Thermal compound works just as well just not as good.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2011   #30
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Well sure, you can use anything, and apply it any old way. But to achieve the lowest possible temps with a given CPU cooler, it needs to be done right. Heat sink compound is a poor substitute for a good thermal paste. It would be better than nothing, but if installed incorrectly, it may not be. A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Thermal paste




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Thermal Paste
After reading some good reports on Shin Etsu thermal paste, I bought some, but am having a lot of problems with getting it to spread properly. It tends to clump together, and when forcing it out, it leaves such a thin covering that the lettering on the CPU is still plainly visible. I'm about to...
Hardware & Devices
Cleaning CPU's thermal paste.
Do you guys leave the CPU in the socket? or actually remove the CPU completely? Thanks! :D
Performance & Maintenance
Thermal paste + GPU = Wise?
I'm having a little heat issues with my GPU (and processor too but that's a different thing). I just got myself Arctic Silver 5 a couple hours ago. I've seen numerous videos on YouTube on applying AS5 on the processor as i've never done this before. So my questions; 1. Is it wise to add thermal...
Graphic Cards
Thermal Paste Questions
Hi guys, Just about to complete my first build. The system is for my dad and I hope to get it finished this week when I get the final parts. Everything is in place and ready to go to the best of my knowledge. I've looked back at older threads and decided that pea sized blob in the centre...
Performance & Maintenance
Used way too much thermal paste
This isn't that important, all it is is that I'm worried. It was my first time round putting thermal paste onto a cpu, and i sort of used an entire 3.5g syringe of arctic silver 5 underneath a zalman9700. Yes some did come over the sides, wiped it off, I'm guessing there is a layer inbetween...
Hardware & Devices
How do you clean CPU thermal paste off the cpu????
Hi all really need your help this time..... My cpu temp is getting up to 65 degrees C (not OCed) and I dont know why was going to put new thermal paste on and see if that helps but i don't know how to clean the old stuff off can you please help me.... And what is the best thermal paste to...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:29.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App