Thermal paste is typically used between a heatsink and a high-power integrated circuit such as a CPU. It is used to ensure there is good thermal conductivity for cooling the integrated circuit.

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Cleaning laptop fan with a vacuum cleaner [duplicate]

I have a Thinkpad T440p and the fan seems to be dirty from no hot air coming out of the laptop. All the disassembly guides show that I need to take the whole fan assembly out but I have no thermal ...
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How do I safely separate the heatsink/pipe from the processor on the Packard Bell F7280?

My laptop shuts down and the main fan stops. I am convinced it's dust build up in a void below the heat-sink fins but the heatsink is firmly stuck to the processor. (see link to manual page 8 ) ftp:/...
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How can I be sure I've removed the old thermal grease thoroughly?

How can you be sure that you've removed the old thermal grease thoroughly? I've been rubbing old thermal grease from the heat sink for a day now with isopropyl, and still a black residue appears on ...
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Worth getting thermal paste? Ran 20 youtube videos and got high 70 (degree C) CPU temperature and 80% RAM Usage

CPU: 2.2GHz RAM: 6G OS: Win7 Model: Samsung NP700Z5BH Usage: Image Processing #Is it worth upgrading to 8G RAM too? click to enlarge
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Processor too hot? (85º) [closed]

This is my processor: I used Speccy to check the heat and it's around 85ºc I've tried changing the thermal paste but it didn't change anything
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Why laptop is hot even after changing of thermal grease?

I have 2 laptops, both with AMD, I've changed thermal grease (it was baked), temperature fallen not for much after I did it, it still pretty hot. (Don't ask me about numbers of degrees, don't remember)...
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Which components of HP Pavilion G6 require thermal paste/pad

Some time ago I tried to give a little live kick to HP Pavilion G6 of my girlfriend. There was really old, messed up Win so I clean re-installed it. It has also another problem. It was really hot (I ...
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How can I handle and clean a Removed-from-Socket rPGA processor without Bending or Breaking any Pins during “Preparation”

I received a Previous Generation Intel® Core™ Processor in the mail. The processor fits into a Socket G1 / rPGA988A. According to information on CPU World, the size of the processor is 1.48" x 1.48" / ...
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No Thermal paste on box CPU?

I just bought a boxed i5. There was no thermal paste included. I understand that it is normally pre-applied to the stock fan in box sets. I didn’t notice that before mounting. However there was an ...
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Artic Silver ArtiClean on motherboard

So I think I messed up today. Because I was experiencing severe fps drops on my three year old Alienware m14x r2, I decided to clean it out with compressed air and repaste the thermal paste (with IC ...
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Unexpected, unexplained laptop crash HP Pavilion g6

I have problem with one HP Pavilion G6. After about 3,5 years of use with no OS reinstall or other maintenance I made clean reinstall Win 7 professional N. I also opened laptop and clean fan and also ...
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Is this thermal paste or a thermal pad?

The thermal paste in my laptop's CPU's heat sink kind of looks like a thermal pad. I'm little confused about what it is, and if I should clean it off...here is an image of the thermal paste or pad ...
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I foolishly detached the fiddly “push pin” cooler from a client's old PC. Here are some possible plans of action. What would you do, and why?

A client of mine brought me an outdated home PC. The specs: It's a compact tower PC, sixteen inches tall. It includes a Pentium Dual-Core E2200 and 1 GB of RAM. An independent computer store built it ...
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Best practices for thermal paste for CPUs during maintenance

I built my PC my self with a Core i3 4130 recently. It turned out that I forgotten to apply thermal paste after a time so I "unbuilt" it and removed the CPU fan. There was a big round thing on my CPU. ...
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Clean thermal paste from touch contact points on the underside of the CPU

I bought an used CPU (Intel "Core 2" E4700) on eBay and it came with the underside dirty with something that seems it´s thermal paste. Before I send it back, I wonder if it could it still work ...
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Five year old unopened boxed CPU – is the stock thermal compound still good?

I have obtained an unopened, sealed, boxed CPU dating back to 2009. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 with heatsink + thermal compound pre-applied. Is the stock thermal compound still OK to use after ...
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How to cool my laptop?

I've a 4 year old laptop that is consistently running 60-70 degrees Celsius. I cleaned the heatsink and replaced the fan as it was previously running at 90 - 100 degrees and although it was clearly ...
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Heat and its relationship to Frequency in overclocking

I have a i7-4770k - In order to Overclock it from 3.5-3.9(boost) to 4.5 I have to raise the Voltage to 1.387Vcore. This is not an issue with heat as my water-cooling keeps the CPU at 70c under P95 ...
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What happens when too much thermal paste is used

A client of mine brought in a computer he wanted to get cleaned up, OS reinstall, and had a video card in hand he wanted me to install... no big deal. So I open up the case and see this... Wow, ...
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Arctic Silver paste for a new laptop?

My new laptop will be delivered in a few days, somebody recommended me to apply Arctic Silver right away. Cost cutting has forced manufacturers to use very inferior thermal pastes and I will see a ...
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Do third party cooler's T.I.M. contain adheasive?

I'm building my first computer, and I purchased a cheap Thermaltake CL-P0503 cooler in a bundle. I was originally going to grab some high quality thermal paste, but I forgot to purchase some. My ...
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Laptop will not power from battery

I have an Acer Aspire 7551G that will not power from battery, the AC adapter must be connected for the machine to boot and as soon as the adapter is removed the laptop instantly dies. The contacts ...
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CPU and Thermal Types

I just noticed there were several types of pastes. Are some better then others? Such as when mounting a XEON chip is it better to use another paste over something basic.
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what happens if I apply thermal paste on a stock cooler?

I have a new APU and was wondering if putting a small amount of paste on the APU would be too much. if there is too much, will this damage the APU,or will it be fine?
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How do I correctly apply thermal paste on a laptop CPU with a small surface area?

I watched several videos on YouTube, went through a lot of overclocking forums and websites, but I am yet to find a "correct" answer to this question. Some agree with the "pea method" where you apply ...
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What is the tape-like stuff being applied to the cooling assembly for this laptop?

By googling for while, I was not able to find an answer to the question that arose after watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KsW1DURTHco#t=2055 (The ...
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Orientation of PC during burn-in?

I heard a rumor that when you build a new PC, you are supposed to "burn" it in for about 24 hours so the thermal paste will correctly bond between the heatsink and the CPU. Assuming this is really ...
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What is the gum like thing on the heat sink?

See the attached picture. What is the gum like thing? Should I replace it with thermal paste? Thanks! Update Thank you guys! I replaced it with new thermal paste and my laptop is not burning ...
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Thermal paste on stock cooler and CPU

I'm building a relatively high-end PC without any overclocking. I have a stock CPU cooler with my Intel Xeon E3-1230V. I understand the stock CPU cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied (three ...
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Can thermal paste damage CPU and video card some time after applying?

Three weeks ago, I disassembled my notebook to clean its heat sink. I re-applied thermal paste and re-assembled it. It worked well, until about three weeks when it hard shut down while I was working ...
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Should I remove old thermal pads while changing video card?

Video card of my acer laptop has broken down and I bought a new one. The seller gave me a thermal paste to use, but the place where I am gonna insert the new card to has some termal pads from the ...
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Computer GPU fan seems louder after cleaning and reapplying thermal paste

This is more of a "trying to get some information" than "oh my god, what to do" post. Yesterday, I finally had it with my computer overheating all the time and I realized I haven't changed the ...
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Does it make sense to replace the thermal paste in a new Intel i7 stock cooler?

I am about to install a new i7 Ivy Bridge CPU and I am wondering whether it would make any sense at all to replace the thermal paste that is pre-applied on the stock cooler. There are three stripes of ...
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Process to replace motherboard and keep CPU [closed]

My motherboard has been diagnosed with the Sandy Bridge issue (http://vip.asus.com/eservice/changeSandybridge_MB.aspx?slanguage=en-us) so I am asked by my reseller to send back my motherboard to have ...
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Thermal Paste in a Laptop quickly loses efficiency

Some time ago, I removed the thermal pad from my CPU and applied some thermal paste instead. I also removed dust from the fan. It's a Dell Studio 1735 Laptop. The laptop got MUCH quieter and cooler. ...
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What is this rubber pad under my laptop's heatsink?

I opened up my HP HDX laptop yesterday to clean it (Warranty was over 2 years ago), and to apply new thermal paste. My laptop has only 1 fan, 2 sets of fins connected to 2 copper pieces to conduct ...
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Do I need to apply more thermal compund? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I remove and put back the heatsink of my processor without reapplying thermal paste I recently remove the CPU and fan from my motherboard overnight. When I went to ...
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GPU overheat due to thermal paste

Today I changed thermal pad on my GPU to Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste. After that I checked the temperature in SpeedFan. At first it showed ~90, then 0, then 230 Celsius. After seeing 230 I switched ...
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Thermal paste was installed on my new heatsink. Does it need to get re-applied if I remove it?

I just installed a new i5 Sandy Bridge on an Asus P67 Sabertooth board. When I first turned it on, I received a Bios error stating there was a CPU overheating issue. I was able to navigate to the Bios ...
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Safe to resume High-Performance-Computing applications immediately after new thermal paste?

I recently applied some new thermal paste to my main server, and am wondering if it is safe to immediately resume high-performance computing applications, or if I need to wait for the paste to "settle"...
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Is cooler included in Intel® Boxed Intel® Core™ i7-2600 Processor? [closed]

I would like to know if cooler and thermal paste included in Intel® Boxed Intel® Core™ i7-2600 Processor? Or should I order cooler and thermal paste separately?
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Heat Transfer Paste reapplication

I am assembling this PC http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/07/building-a-pc-part-i.html Of course, I'm in Geek Heaven. :D I installed the heat sink fan in the wrong direction, and now I want to ...
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GPU chip with a film around the core

I want to apply thermal grease on my laptop GPU, but I've noticed there is a film sticked to the GPU chipset around the core. Personally I think it's an antistatic film, because it is covering those ...
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Reapplied thermal compound to North Bridge, computer no longer boots

I'm having trouble getting my computer to boot up. Would appreciate any help. Is my motherboard fried? The problem: Computer won't boot, won't go to POST. No beeps. Power button light does not light ...
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What factors are relevant when buying thermal paste?

Based on the answers on this question, I'll probably go buy some new thermal paste. Unfortunately, the marketplace is flooded with spiffy-sounding products at wildly varying prices. I might just go to ...
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Does unused thermal paste get old?

I've got two small unlabeled plastic syringes with white thermal paste - these are probably 8 years old. Should I throw them out and buy new? I'll need some paste to build reassemble a mid-range ...
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Does heat sink compound degrade with time?

Does heat sink compound degrade with time? How long isv it recommended before I replace my CPU heat sink compound? I have a DELL Studio 17" notebook with core i7 from the lastv one and av half years ...
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Don’t engravings on a CPU defeat heatsink smoothness?

I have long seen people recommending heatsinks to be as smooth as possible for optimal thermal transfer from the CPU to the heatsink. It’s explained that the smoother it is, the more contact there is ...
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Alternatives for Thermal paste [closed]

I would like to know if anyone has had success using an alternative substance for thermal paste. (I heard wheel bearing grease was good) I do appreciate the warnings, but I am not worried about the ...
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How to remove 13 year old metal loaded thermal paste [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What chemical should I use for removing thermal paste? I've got an AMD-K6 CPU which has a duff fan, the thermal paste has gone solid and won't come off with alcohol or ...