Thermal Pad Or Paste

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  1. Harrison1988

    Harrison1988 New Member

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    Hello all,
    I have a pack of thermal pads ready to move my AMD 64bit 3700 processor from my old motherboard to my new one. However, I've just read that you should NEVER use pads with AMD 64bit, instead you should use paste.

    I heard paste doesn't last half as long as pads. What do I do? Is what the guy said true?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. shodai

    shodai Ancient Guru

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    Definately paste. Read the guide on arcticsilver.com for correct setup.
     
  3. metoe

    metoe Member Guru

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    paste is better for AMD it runs cooler
     
  4. EnzoF1

    EnzoF1 Master Guru

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    Arctic silver 5 is the way to go. Nothing can beat it.
     

  5. Scythe

    Scythe Master Guru

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    Plus won't the thermal pad be hard to remove if you happened to want to remove the processor from the heatsink?
     
  6. hartofalyon

    hartofalyon Ancient Guru

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    amd recommends you to use paste if you plan on swapping cpu's or require you to take off the heatsink frequently and use a pad if you intend on leaving your cpu as it is.

    you will get lower temperatures using premium silver paste like AS5 but i think you might have to switch out and reapply the paste every 3-4 years or so because it's not permanent.

    and to the above, yes if you use the pad, removing the heatsink after about a month of it being on will be a pain. most likely, you'll rip the cpu out of the socket with the cpu still stuck on the bottom of the heatsink.

    i'd use the paste.
     
  7. Just use the thermal paste, it's easier to remove if you need to change heat sinks, and better for heat transfer.
     
  8. Syncrod

    Syncrod Master Guru

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    that happened to me once :)
    when i was using paste!!!

    processor haddan't been move in over 8 months and was stuck on to the HS after removing it
     
  9. ^Son_Gokou08

    ^Son_Gokou08 Member Guru

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    i'd go for paste, it transfer heat better than pads does.
     
  10. In any case pads or paste, remember to gently twist the heatsink to losen it up especially if it has been attached for a while;)
     

  11. clkProject

    clkProject Master Guru

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    Actually, there is something that can beat it.

    http://svc.com/coolab.html
     
  12. WiCz

    WiCz Member Guru

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    Shin Etsu is at least as good as AS5 and doesn't suffer from 'thermal pump out' nor is it electrically conductive.

    Also for what its worth AMD recommends Shin Etsu ;)
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2006

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