My heatsink and cpu look as if they don't need thermal paste.

By darkstuarez
Oct 29, 2007
  1. I just replaced my amd Athlon 2200 for a new one, and need to know if I need to put some on. It looks like it has some, but with a plate on top(is this lapping?).

    You can tell on the heat sink where there is a tiny square mark from the cpu, which also has a tiny square, that there was never any compound in the first place. But should I put some on anyway?

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That plate on top is the heat spreader.

    Yes, you need to use thermal paste. Clean off the old thermal paste from both the heatsink and cpu die, then apply a very thing layer of new thermal paste to the cpu die and reattach the heatsink. See HERE for instructions.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. darkstuarez

    darkstuarez TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Wait, ok, so just clean off the heat spreader and the heat sink, and put paste on both? What is the die?

    The new CPU also has paste around the spreader.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The cpu die is what`s in the middle of the cpu. In other words, the heat spreader. After cleaning, you would only apply a very small amount of thermal paste to the cpu`s heatspreader, then attach the heatsink.

    If you click on the instructions I gave you, you`ll quite clearly see where you need to put the thermal paste.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. darkstuarez

    darkstuarez TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Yeah, thanks for clearing that up.
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