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Thermal Paste: How to heat thick pastes like XIGMATEK PTI-G4512

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December 5, 2013 9:25:11 PM

In the Thermal Paste Comparison, Part Two: 39 Products Get Tested_Xigmatec under application hints for Xigmatek PTI-G4512 it says

"The paste can be spread more easily if you warm it to 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit in a pot of water, sealed in a water-tight pouch."



Ziploc® FAQ says

" Ziploc® brand Bags are not designed to withstand the extreme heat of boiling."

I'm not sure what type of water tight pouch to use.


Any suggestions?
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December 5, 2013 9:29:44 PM

100-120F is isn't boiling.
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December 5, 2013 9:29:57 PM

i've done it in something like this:
http://www.packitgourmet.com/CookIn-Bags.html
Its used for camping, and I already had it around

In college, i used a hot plate to warm it up, the 100 degrees isn't completely necessary
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December 5, 2013 9:36:17 PM

They didn't necessarily state the water had to be boiling. *shrugs*

As long as you don't put it in the microwave, I think you'll be good. :p 
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December 5, 2013 9:49:50 PM

A ziploc bag should withstand 120°F without issue. Water doesn't boil till 212°F.
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December 5, 2013 9:51:42 PM

Body temperature is 98.6f. Hold it in your hand for a bit.

It is not necessary to heat things up all that much.
Ultimately, the heat of the cpu will heat the paste and make it flow.

I would not worry about the problem much. A drop of paste in the middle will be about as good as any other method.
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December 5, 2013 10:23:32 PM

Alpha3031 said:
100-120F is isn't boiling.
Thanks for pointing that out. I needed that. I was actually looking at the word "Fahrenheit" and thinking "Celsius". I have no excuse. I don't know I missed that...Oh well...

arges86 said:
i've done it in something like this:
http://www.packitgourmet.com/CookIn-Bags.html
Its used for camping, and I already had it around

In college, i used a hot plate to warm it up, the 100 degrees isn't completely necessary
Nice bags! Thanks for the suggestion. I don't have a hot plate :p , but I remembered a great scene from always sunny and found it on daily motion Wrong Idea

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December 5, 2013 10:27:52 PM

Calculatron said:
They didn't necessarily state the water had to be boiling. *shrugs*

As long as you don't put it in the microwave, I think you'll be good. :p 


Yeah. I totally screwed the pooch on that one.

Sorry about the misunderstanding. It happens way more than I'd like to admit.

Thanks to everyone for responding so quickly!

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December 5, 2013 10:44:38 PM

It's all gravy. It's easy to take certain things out of context, especially when they mention water in a pot. (Why wouldn't you be boiling it?)
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