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Do I need to re-apply thermal compound ?

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  • Intel i5
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December 31, 2013 7:48:57 PM

I'm swapping my motherboard and will be re using my cpu from my old mobo ( i5 2320 ). It's from a pre-built Dell system so I didn't install it and have no idea what kind of thermal compound has been used. After recently installing an i5 4570 for a friend, I saw that the stock cooler had pre-applied thermal compound, and wasn't wet at all. I was wondering if anyone knew if sandy bridge stock coolers were like this, and if I were to swap motherboards would I need to apply thermal compound myself. Thanks :) 
PS: New to this site, any tips would be much appreciated :) 

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December 31, 2013 7:52:24 PM

yes. You will make your cpu overheat if you don't apply thermal compound. Metal on metal cooling is not good.
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December 31, 2013 7:59:09 PM

The Intel stock coolers come with the thermal pads/paste already applied to the heat sink so they are good to go right out of the box. Once you remove the heat sink, that original thermal paste needs to removed and a new batch applied.
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December 31, 2013 8:00:19 PM

danny2000 said:
The Intel stock coolers come with the thermal pads/paste already applied to the heat sink so they are good to go right out of the box. Once you remove the heat sink, that original thermal paste needs to removed and a new batch applied.


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December 31, 2013 9:38:19 PM

So if there's thermal pads on the stock cooler can I re use them ? If not will I have to remove the thermal pads and apply thermal paste ? Thanks
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December 31, 2013 10:15:24 PM

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Thermal Pads do offer some attractive features over compounds: namely, that they are easy to use, quick and neat. On the downside, if you want to call it that, they are one-shot solutions only. You MUST replace the thermal pad if you ever remove the heatsink from its mounted position, because the heat of the operating CPU will have caused the thermal pad to conform to your die top. So once you move the heatsink – and I don't care whether it is to replace the CPU or just to look at it for the fun of it – there will be airgaps between the surfaces if you try to re-use the thermal pad. If you dismount the heatsink, replace the thermal pad.


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