What is the best way to apply thermal paste?
One of the most common methods used is often referred to as the “line method”. This is exactly as it sounds. Apply a thin line of thermal paste directly down the center of the IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) and then allow the pressure of the CPU cooler to spread the paste as you secure it.
How do I know if I applied my thermal paste correctly?
One of the best ways is to check your CPU temperatures after running a stress test. If it looks normal then you did a good job. If it looks too high then you may need to revisit your heatsink-fan-past combo…
Is there a wrong way to apply thermal paste?
Everyone has their preferred method of applying thermal paste, whether it’s putting a dab roughly the size of a grain of cooked rice on the center, drawing a line down the middle, or making an X. While temps can vary a little bit, there really is no wrong way, so long as you use an appropriate amount of paste.
Can you put on too much thermal paste?
When you apply too much thermal paste, it can act like an insulator. At best case, this may make the paste ineffective, and at worst case, you may damage components via overheating. Remember, the entire point of the thermal paste is to fill in the tiny gaps between the two components.
How long should I wait after applying thermal paste?
Artic Silver 5 takes up to 200 hours to cure; in other words, the system has to be powered on for up to 200 hours to complete the curing process (the maximum temperature coulf be a couple degrees lower). With an i7-3770, AS5 is fine as that CPU runs rather cool.
What happens if you don’t apply thermal paste correctly?
What happens if you don’t have thermal paste? Things don’t work as efficiently as they should. Your CPU’s operating temperature will be higher. It may need to slow itself down (thermal throttling) to stop from overheating and failing.
Can I use toothpaste as a thermal paste?
Toothpaste is also an excellent substitute for thermal paste. Its structure decays after a few days, especially if the operating temperatures are high.
What’s the best way to apply thermal paste?
The most commonly advised method to apply thermal paste is the “pea” method. In the pea method, you apply a single dot of thermal paste around the size of a pea to the centre of the CPU, then attach the CPU cooler. This method is ideal for standard size CPUs as the pea will easily spread to cover the entire CPU without much (or any) spillage.
When do you need to apply thermal paste-Intel?
Whatever you call it, the correct application of thermal paste is an important part of ensuring your CPU is operating properly. That’s why it’s important to know not only how it works, but also how to correctly apply it when working with a CPU. When Do You Need to Apply Thermal Paste?
Can you use thermal paste on a square die?
Getting perfect coverage on a non-square shaped die is going to be difficult unless you do the spreading yourself. If you are unsure if the coverage is good or not, it’s usually a good idea to apply the thermal paste, install the heatsink, then remove the heatsink and see how well it spread.
Where do I find thermal paste on my CPU cooler?
Every CPU cooler needs thermal paste, but many have it pre-applied, which simplifies the installation process. To find out if you have pre-applied paste, check the bottom of the base plate or water block of your CPU cooler that attaches to the CPU.