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 orangey paste looking thing on the CPU surface which I took to be pre-applied thermal paste. Yet all the research I did tells me it should be grayish and applied to the fan/heatsink…
- Is the orangey thing on the CPU thermal paste?
- Is there always thermal paste on boxed stock fan even if I didn’t notice it?