Question About RETAIL amd64 chips + coolers

By JoeBot
Oct 29, 2005
  1. Having only ever installed oem chips the sticky patch on the bottom of my heat sink confuses me rather

    do i need to use thermal compund still or is this sticky patch the same thing?

    sorry if this is a silly question

  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    You can use that thermal patch, it is the same thing.

    But if you have good thermal paste at hand, scrap that patch off and use your paste instead. It seems that good thermal paste gives better contact than those retail pads.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You should never re-use a thermal pad. They are questionable at best, and will never do a proper job when re-used anyway!
    Look after the CPU, it's expensive enough!
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