How often should I replace my thermal paste?

By Dannyk0ed
Mar 7, 2012
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  1. Allen20

    Allen20 TS Rookie

    Hi Guys,

    Some tips of how to avoid over heat your CPU.

    I have the AMD CPU and it works great after I mixed the thermal paste to the metal polish, even if I play need for speed 2014 for five hours my CPU temperature are still the same 42C.

    Any kind of thermal paste you used if you mixed to metal polish it produced none drying compound and 80% mixture about 11C. It helps to transmit the heat to the heat sink accurately.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,687   +394

    ^ I'm very skeptical of that. There is an entire thermal paste industry. If it was that simple to make it better someone would have done it.
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,222   +231

    Arctic Silver paste is about the best. No need to add metal paste possibly shorting out the CPU...
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,118   +1,613

    Unless we're talking about Arctic Silver's ceramic offering, there's already metal in it.

    Besides, even if you added metal, (which I'm not saying is a good idea), you still wouldn't short out the CPU unless you simply put way too much on.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2014
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,222   +231

    Yes Arctic Silver has very fine metal particles in it and it can last for years
  6. Kakao

    Kakao TS Rookie

    You do not need to renew your thermal paste at all. Unless you overclocked it and your cpu melted your cpu cooler then you will have to get a new cpu cooler and some thermal paste :D XD
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,118   +1,613

    Well, aluminum does indeed melt at a much lower temperature than silicon. However, that doesn't mean you're still not being silly...:p
  8. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    Kakao: I am folding 24 x7 with this machine and it over clocked from 3.5ghz to 4.7ghz of course I am on water cooling. Once I reboot in the morning and start folding my tempts. stay from 65C to 80C all day, and this machine will be running in 5 years I would bet.

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