How often should I replace my thermal paste?

By Dannyk0ed ยท 33 replies
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: 10,742   +422

    ^ 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: 17,244   +234

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

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    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: 17,244   +234

    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: 13,033   +2,558

    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.
  9. FeelingOld

    FeelingOld TS Rookie

    In my box that I built in 2003, the CPU failed yesterday. According to the MSI "D-Bracket" which showed four lights, meaning the CPU has failed. So, today, I went to just reseat the processor, hoping that would jar it to working. It didn't, by the way. But, when got the processor apart from the cooler, it was obvious that the Artic Silver had lost its capabilities of keeping things cool. It had dried out, turned into something feeling like chalk. The coverage wasn't uniform either, and I think I just used the "dot" method and put the fan on the processor.

    I have ordered a new processor, an AMD 64 3700+, for 10 smacking dollars ($10). I think I paid $350 for that AMD 3200+ processor in 2003.

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