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Windows 7: Thermal paste

29 Jan 2011   #1
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 
Thermal paste

Hey guys,

So I was hoping to get some clarification (as well as personal opinions) on thermal paste application.

I have heard many different ways of applying thermal paste, and I am guessing they all work.
The real question is, how MUCH?

I just have a feeling I put on TOO much on my new CPU and its causing some heat buildup instead of cooling.

~Lordbob


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29 Jan 2011   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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29 Jan 2011   #3
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Well LB that post should about do it. So did you apply to much?
Fabe
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29 Jan 2011   #4
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Looks like I may not have applied overmuch, but it could have been done better.

I will pop off the cooler and try that method later tonight. Hopefully I will see a temperature drop.

~Lordbob
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29 Jan 2011   #5
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Lordbob75
Not changing the subject, but your specs show that you're using the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R.
Is it quiet? Fast?
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29 Jan 2011   #6
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Lordbob75
Not changing the subject, but your specs show that you're using the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R.
Is it quiet? Fast?
I don't know about fast, it is an HDD. But I don't hear it, so I guess it's quiet (my fans make more noise).

~Lordbob
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29 Jan 2011   #7
Techymike

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

Should be a fine thin clean coat
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29 Jan 2011   #8
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Alright, reapplied (and redid my watercooling loop ) thermal paste thinner, temps do seem a bit lower.

~Lordbob
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29 Jan 2011   #9
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

If your brain works better with concepts than with rules then this sage advice that I got from a fellow geek many moons ago has always worked for me:

If you look at a seemingly smooth piece of metal under an electron microscope you will see that the surface actually looks like a mountain range - many peaks and valleys.
To have perfect heat transfer the two metal surfaces should be touching on 100% of the surface area of both plates.
But when you go and try and mate the two metal surfaces together the peaks and valleys create voids that greatly reduce the thermal transference.
The purpose of thermal paste is to fill those peaks and valleys, at that microscopic level, to increase the total contact surface area and eliminate those thermal breaks.
But you do not want to use so much paste that it actually starts to insulate the plates from each other. You want some metal-to-metal contact (peak to peak).

So that is the trick: you are just filling the holes, not frosting a cake!
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29 Jan 2011   #10
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Note: Arctic Silver is a pig to get off your fingers - (Nail Varnish Remover gets it off easy)
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