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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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What are these little rubber "condoms" that came with my thermal paste?

What are the white rubber condoms? They can be unrolled like a condom. For scale the battery is AA.
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Does the smaller shiny area also need thermal paste in this kind of CPU?

My laptop has i7 8550U CPU. As you can see in following photo (found on YouTube), there are 2 shiny areas on processor (highlighted by yellow arrows). I found a clearer image of same CPU so you can ...
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Thermal paste questions with iMac

I am servicing an iMac in my office and took it apart completely for cleaning and upgrades. I removed the CPU/GPU heatsink (one piece) and found a syringe of Arctic Silver MX-4 paste we had in the ...
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What is the significance of Voltage/Wattage on these thermal pastes?

I was looking at some thermal pastes online. One of them mentioned like Voltage: 0.09 Volts Another mentioned like Wattage: 8.5 Watts One more mentioned Wattage: 5 Watts. As I'm new in this stuff, I ...
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thermal pad on ssd nvme

I buy a SSD Samsung 970 EVO PLUS M.2 2 To. Do I have to remove the sticker (marked in red on the attached picture) before applying the thermal PAD ?
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Dell XPS 13 CPU Temps

I have a 2019 Dell XPS13 7390 with 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU. The original fan failed so I bought a replacement. The has the heatsink attached. The new unit had a square of what I believe to be grey ...
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Intel 12700k - two cores overheating and thermal throttling

I have just replaced an air cooler with an Artic Freezer II 240mm AIO. Is it doing very well but under synthetic load using multi-core Cinebench R23, two cores are consistently over heating. On the ...
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Old PC/laptop dismantling

My husband and I have been dismantling old PCs and laptops for recycling. Inside most is some type of whitish silver powdery putty that holds processor chips securely and other things. It's almost ...
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Re-attaching heatsink with new thermal paste

Yestersay I was changing my laptop's cooling fan so I needed to take out the heatsink. I properly cleaned the old dried-out thermal paste and apply a new one. However, it took me a few minutes (around ...
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What thermal paste comes factory-applied with AMD Ryzen processors?

I've done my first PC Build and I was wondering what kind/brand thermal paste comes factory-applied with processors, I'm specially interested in the one that comes for Ryzen 7 3700x (this box). The ...
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Repairing the Northbridge Heatsink / Thermal Glue with Alternative Product

I was replacing a CPU fan on an old PC and had to remove the motherboard to swap out the backplate. In the process of placing the motherboard back, I was using the chipset heatsink to line up the ...
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Does Thermal Paste Function Deteriorate Over Time?

I received a iMac thats from 2011 and I am planning to refurbish it. It seems to work with an exception of that it shuts down due to overheating (too much dust and other stuff inside). I have ...
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Using liquid metal thermal paste on copper aluminum combination heat sink

I have this aluminum - copper combination heat sink for the processor of my desktop computer, can I use the liquid metal thermal paste on it? Specifically it is the thermal grizzly conductonaut ...
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GPU Thermal paste melting off quickly?

I have recently bought a used XFX RX 580 8 GB GPU. It’s not older than 2 years. Cannot be sure if it has been used for mining or gaming, but I got it with the gaming BIOS, which is what I use it for. ...
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Thin Layer of Thermal Paste Under CPU Fan?

I recently purchased a Thermaltake CPU fan, and whenever it arrived in the mail today, I took it out of the box, and there was a thin layer of thermal paste on the underside of the CPU fan. I had ...
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Do I have to repaste Laptop CPU/GPU in the same way it was when I opened it?

I have a gaming laptop and I have removed the heatsink and saw the paste literally everywhere. So the CPU has these resistor like things next to it, that had paste on them as well as the GPU (which l ...
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Can I get a heatsink to work without thermal paste, temporarily?

Believing my motherboard to be faulty, I removed the CPU and I cleaned the thermal paste off. Now it turns out that it's the PC-speaker that is faulty. I'd like to put the CPU back in its place, ...
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Nvidia Geforce 240M GPU overheating, forcing laptop to shut down

So, I have this 9 years old Lenovo laptop, with overheating issue, though later after cleaning the fan and checking everything using some temperature reading softwares, I got to know that my GPU is ...
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Broken pin on Intel heatsink - is it a risk?

I recently needed to remove the heatsink/fan from my H61M-HVS motherboard to reapply thermal paste to it for the first time since it was bought almost a decade ago. After removing the heatsink/fan ...
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Liquid metal between die and IHS: Problems with vertical mount?

While ambient air temperature and humidity stayed the same, temperatures on my Intel Core i7 6700k @stock are slightly increasing. It is cooled by a beQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3, thermal compound is Arctic ...
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PC crashing after cpu detached from cooling source

I detached CPU cooler from the processor, took the processor out for examination & installed it back. However, I didn’t apply a thermal paste in between, and left the old dry substance that was ...
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How to apply thermal paste for Dell Inspiron 3520 laptop?

I am have a Dell Inspiron 3520 with a Intel Core i3-2730 CPU. CPU is rectangular in shape. How should I apply thermal paste? I am already having Cooler Master Mastergel Pro. Can I use this thermal ...
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How can I figure the just-right amount of Silver compound?

The fan on my ancient but still working Core 2 Duo MacBook seems to be whirring more than usual. This may be purely subjective, since it's been years since I've heard the "regular" whirring. Anyhow, I ...
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Can excessive application of thermal paste be significantly harmful?

Through the years of seeing posts on thermal paste application patterns and precise amount calculations, I haven't found definitive info about how much excessive thermal past would hurt thermal ...
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What is the maximum distance for thermal paste to be effective?

Note the image and marked distance from one surface to the other on the heat sink assembly and the size of the thermal pad from the laptop I dis-assembled today. I want to use Thermaltake TG-7 paste ...
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Lenovo y70 70 touch - how to clean the heatsink?

I have a Lenovo y70 70 touch laptop, and I have a problem with CPU and GPU overheating. This is because I don't have that rubber on my heatsink anymore; I cleaned it. I have ordered stuff called ...
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Can i use cleaning alcohol 90% to remove thermal paste on the cpu?

Do i need to buy Arctic Silver cleaner to clean off the thermal paste of the cpu? Can i remove it with a cleaning alcohol or even antistatic cleaner?
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Is it possible that processor heating not because of cooling system fault?

If laptop continue heating after you changed thermal compound does it necessarily means that it's something to do with thermal compound (bad quality or wrong applied). Taking into account the fact ...
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Do thermal pads require a burn in period?

I just bought a Corsair H105 and it had what I think was a thermal pad on it. On WIKI it says thermal pads are less efficient then thermal grease, but it seems to be working (30°C-40°C idle 45°C-55°C ...
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Adding some kind of heat paste when replacing thermal pads GPU and other chips

My laptop's (Dell Studio 1555) CPU is getting quite hot lately (high 80 to low 90 degree Celsius). As a consequence the fan is blowing quite hard when watching HD video's or doing computational ...
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Spread arctic silver 5 thermal paste or not on laptop cpu?

On my laptop CPU which is rectangular and small should I spread Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste? They seem to suggest spreading this paste on "Core™ i7 Mobile/Lap" which is the one I have. I have used ...
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Temperature rising every day after replacing old thermal paste

I have high temperature issue with HP Pavilion G6 Series, 60 to 75 degree when in idle mode. Removed old thermal paste (which was thick & hard after many years of usage) and replaced it with ...
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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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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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