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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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?

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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 ...
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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 ...
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What chemical should I use for removing thermal paste?

What should I use for removing thermal paste: acetone or isopropyl alcohol? Some say acetone is the best thing for the task, others say it's a no-no. Who should I believe?
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Overheating i7 920

I've got i7 920 for more than a year now, Temp without any load (1-5%): 64/65/62/66 C Temperature when system load is high easily goes up to 95C and over (then system shuts itself down) I cleaned ...
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How much thermal paste should apply to the CPU?

There a million different pages around the Internet with conflicting information on how much thermal paste to apply and how to spread it. Some say a half-bean-sized drop in the middle, others say a ...
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Thermal Paste - does it cool the heatsink more with time?

It is said that it takes 200 hours for thermal paste to actually apply itself and truly do the job... If this is the case, does it mean that my machine will gradually get cooler and cooler, the ...
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Role of Anti-static wrist wrap, Applying thermal solution , cleaning if spilled , and other necessary precautions, protecting your motherboard

Hello I am a newbie in computer hardware, I am little bit confused on How much Thermal Solution is to be used. Also where to put thermal paste on the heat-sink or processor or on both? I read there ...
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Can I use old thermal paste?

I have some Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste from about 2 years ago. It looks ok, but I want to know if it's still ok to use. Does thermal paste 'go bad'? It's been in a drawer away from light.
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Processor Heatsink - Thermal paste application

Do I have to apply more thermal paste to put the processor heat sink back into the laptop? OR, do I just need to make sure that the screws are tight, and it will work? What are the problems with not ...
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What's the proper way to remove thermal paste from a CPU?

I'm replacing the heatsink on my CPU, and want to clear the current thermal paste. What should I do?
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Is it OK to use toothpaste instead of thermal paste when fitting a CPU?

I was told many years ago to do this by someone who at the time knew more than I did. The CPU was a celeron in the Pentium 2 era. It ran cooler with the toothpaste between the chip and the heatsink ...
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Thermo Paste less heat sink?

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