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Chipset Thermal Pad - Which Kind?

I have replaced the passive chipset coolers on my motherboard with active ones (ASUS M5A97 R2.0) and now want to get the passive ones back on there in order to sell it. Under the MOSFET heatsink was a thermal pad that I've picked at for other uses.

I'm trying to find the proper thermal pad to replace it but not sure which one to get (there are quite a few different ones to choose from). Is there a difference in thermal pads and if so, which should I get? Thanks!

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    tpalazzo said:
    I have replaced the passive chipset coolers on my motherboard with active ones (ASUS M5A97 R2.0) and now want to get the passive ones back on there in order to sell it. Under the MOSFET heatsink was a thermal pad that I've picked at for other uses.

    I'm trying to find the proper thermal pad to replace it but not sure which one to get (there are quite a few different ones to choose from). Is there a difference in thermal pads and if so, which should I get? Thanks!



    You can replace it with thermal paste. Paste is better than those pads. Just make sure to secure the heat sink thoroughly.
  2. Pinhedd said:
    tpalazzo said:
    I have replaced the passive chipset coolers on my motherboard with active ones (ASUS M5A97 R2.0) and now want to get the passive ones back on there in order to sell it. Under the MOSFET heatsink was a thermal pad that I've picked at for other uses.

    I'm trying to find the proper thermal pad to replace it but not sure which one to get (there are quite a few different ones to choose from). Is there a difference in thermal pads and if so, which should I get? Thanks!



    You can replace it with thermal paste. Paste is better than those pads. Just make sure to secure the heat sink thoroughly.


    I thought of that but was worried with how tiny the chips are and how good of a chance the conductive past could seep out onto the board. I also assumed a pad would provide the most contact with all the chips. Thoughts?
  3. tpalazzo said:
    Pinhedd said:
    tpalazzo said:
    I have replaced the passive chipset coolers on my motherboard with active ones (ASUS M5A97 R2.0) and now want to get the passive ones back on there in order to sell it. Under the MOSFET heatsink was a thermal pad that I've picked at for other uses.

    I'm trying to find the proper thermal pad to replace it but not sure which one to get (there are quite a few different ones to choose from). Is there a difference in thermal pads and if so, which should I get? Thanks!



    You can replace it with thermal paste. Paste is better than those pads. Just make sure to secure the heat sink thoroughly.


    I thought of that but was worried with how tiny the chips are and how good of a chance the conductive past could seep out onto the board. I also assumed a pad would provide the most contact with all the chips. Thoughts?


    Conductive thermal pastes are incredibly rare. I cannot even think of any off the top of my head. Most are specifically designed to be electrically inert.
  4. Pinhedd said:
    tpalazzo said:
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    tpalazzo said:
    I have replaced the passive chipset coolers on my motherboard with active ones (ASUS M5A97 R2.0) and now want to get the passive ones back on there in order to sell it. Under the MOSFET heatsink was a thermal pad that I've picked at for other uses.

    I'm trying to find the proper thermal pad to replace it but not sure which one to get (there are quite a few different ones to choose from). Is there a difference in thermal pads and if so, which should I get? Thanks!



    You can replace it with thermal paste. Paste is better than those pads. Just make sure to secure the heat sink thoroughly.


    I thought of that but was worried with how tiny the chips are and how good of a chance the conductive past could seep out onto the board. I also assumed a pad would provide the most contact with all the chips. Thoughts?


    Conductive thermal pastes are incredibly rare. I cannot even think of any off the top of my head. Most are specifically designed to be electrically inert.

    That's good to know. I've read on here that the reason you don't want too much thermal paste on your cpu, for example, is because it could seep out and short out something.
  5. tpalazzo said:
    Pinhedd said:
    tpalazzo said:
    [quotemsg=11251118,0,144299]
    tpalazzo said:
    I have replaced the passive chipset coolers on my motherboard with active ones (ASUS M5A97 R2.0) and now want to get the passive ones back on there in order to sell it. Under the MOSFET heatsink was a thermal pad that I've picked at for other uses.

    I'm trying to find the proper thermal pad to replace it but not sure which one to get (there are quite a few different ones to choose from). Is there a difference in thermal pads and if so, which should I get? Thanks!



    You can replace it with thermal paste. Paste is better than those pads. Just make sure to secure the heat sink thoroughly.


    I thought of that but was worried with how tiny the chips are and how good of a chance the conductive past could seep out onto the board. I also assumed a pad would provide the most contact with all the chips. Thoughts?


    Conductive thermal pastes are incredibly rare. I cannot even think of any off the top of my head. Most are specifically designed to be electrically inert.


    That's good to know. I've read on here that the reason you don't want too much thermal paste on your cpu, for example, is because it could seep out and short out something.

    That's an urban legend. The reason why you don't want to apply too much thermal paste is because it's a real pain in the ass to clean up if it leaks into the socket or traces.
  6. I think you can choose a thermal pad from China, the thermal conductivity is very high, and the thermal pad is very cheap than any other brand like Laird, it's cost-efficient
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