Stock AMD Thermal Paste

By sellmesanity
May 12, 2007
  1. I just took off my stock AMD heatsink and need to know how I can replace the Thermal Interface Material on the heatsink. What kind is it and how can I get it to spread like how it was when I first installed it?
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  3. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Arctic Silver is not the stock AMD paste, but would perform much better than it.

    Just be extra careful applying it, as it is considered electrically conductive. You don't want it anywhere else other than the contact surface.
  4. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 162

    I know Arctic silver is better but I need the stock TIM because I think once you use the stock AMD heatsink fan you need to keep using the TIM because the heatsink has the TIM melted into itself...on the Arctic Silver website it refers to that as "melting into the microscopic valleys"
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You don`t need to use the stock compound, in any case, you`d have difficulty in getting hold of it. You just need to clean off the old thermal compound from both the heatsink and cpu die using isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. Then, apply a thin layer of new thermal paste to the cpu die and reattach the heatsink.

    Instructions for applying thermal paste can be found HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I think he means thin. Don't mis-read it as thick, I almost did. You always want just enough thermal compound on to spread across the surface, and this usually means half a grain if rice, not much more.

    Just follow the instructions.
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Lol, yeah I meant thin. That`s what I said didle I? ;)

    Regards Howard :)
  8. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Good thing I quoted :D
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,870   +1,523

    Attic er Arctic Cleaner.......?

    Arctic Silver makes a CPU & Heatsink cleaner. Comes in a 2 part kit. 1 bottle smells like lemon pledge. Oh sure, alcohol probably works like a champ but consider this; this is so much more like the real deal, it comes from Arctic Silver, has downloadble instructions, the bottles even say "Thermal Material Remover".
    It may be witchcraft dammit, but it makes me feel confident, like my thermal pad is always springtime fresh.
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9


    I'd just stick with good old alcohol, cheap and easily available :D
  11. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    as a general rule of thumb you want your termal paste to be around the thinkness of a piece of paper when done.
    Just adding that in.

  12. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    I am choking up here - the IDEAL contact is two perfectly machined pieces of metal such they make perfect contact.

    Since that is impossible, and micro-scratches and such are inevitable to keep costs down, a thin (key word here: THIN) layer of a heat-conducting paste is used to fill the little nooks and crannies (yeah, like an English muffin) and that is ALL that is necessary.

    We are talking THIN!


  13. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    thickness of a piece of paper is too thick. way too thick.
  14. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    It is what I was taught and still use, 36C on my CPU.
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