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rickytheraccoon

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Do I put this on the back of my processor? I'm not too sure, and I'm scared I'll mess something up. Just got my new processor in the mail. Can anyone shed some light? Thanks.
 

CCW

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The Thermal Compound goes on the Processor Die (Core), heres a picture of the Processor Die:
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I imagine the Thermal Paste provided is a generic white paste, a Silver based Transfer Interface Material (TIM) such as Arctic Silver 5 would be much better. Read my review of Arctic Silver 5 here.

Hope this helps,
Craig
 

Balrog

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The standard white grease will work fine, the more expensive will give you 1-2C better performance. Make sure you spead a thin even layer on your chip core. I use a single edge razor blade or the edge of a credit card. Don't rush it, just make a slow even pass and wipe off any extra you get on the chip itself. Don't sweat it you'll be fine.

Regards, Balrog
 

CCW

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Strange that it will give only 1-2*C less temps when Arctic Silver 5 gives 4-5*C lower temperatures over AS3 and AS3 whips Generic White Paste.

Do you have any statistical evidence to back up what you've said please?

Thanks,
Craig
 

Balrog

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There have been numerous reviews and roundups, there was a link to one last week at AMDMB, Dan's Data did an article earlier this year stating this, I see them all the time. Yes, the more expensive stuff will cool a bit better, but for most people it isn't nescessary and given this case it doesn't appear that the person in question requires the highest level of cooling, he's just worried about applying it right. For those of us that push our rigs to the edge then this type of product is worth the investment, its just not for everyone. I personally run the cheap stuff on my AN35N Ultra w/XP1700+ @220FSB X 10 using a V-11+ and I'm running 33C/42C, so no worries here.

Regards, Balrog

Edit: Guess I missed this one from right here at OC:
http://www.overclockers.com/articles907/
 
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CCW

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I understand tghat he does not need to best, I just made sure he had the knowledge that it exists should he want something better.

Craig