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Thermal Paste Necessary For Intel Fan?

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April 14, 2008 9:25:43 PM

If you buy a Intel processor and it comes with the regular Intel fan do you need to put thermal paste on?
April 14, 2008 10:00:47 PM

If you don't overclock, temperatures should be acceptable even without thermal compound. If you do oc, aftermarket cooler is a necessity, along with thermal compound.
April 14, 2008 10:20:13 PM

The Intel Heatsink/Fan will come with the paste already applied
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April 14, 2008 10:41:47 PM

there has to be some sort of compound - be it the thermal pad which comes preapplied or a little bit of that white goop that gets everywhere. very thin amount at least, dont have straight metal to metal.
April 14, 2008 11:53:27 PM

probably, otherwise they won't shut up about their market share. duct tape works better, imo.
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April 15, 2008 2:18:56 AM

Yeah, the stock Intel HSF has three gray strips of thermal paste on the underside of the HSF which sits on top of the CPU.
April 15, 2008 2:40:39 AM

So then I dont need to add compound for regual use - no overclocking?
April 15, 2008 3:00:56 AM

Nope, running at stock you can use the stock paste that comes on the stock fan.
April 15, 2008 3:02:13 AM

I should emphasize that paste is always necessary, though.
May 19, 2009 7:40:26 PM

jaguarskx said:
Yeah, the stock Intel HSF has three gray strips of thermal paste on the underside of the HSF which sits on top of the CPU.


Sorry, but I am probably one of those "stupid people" .... With the three gray strips of thermal paste on the underside of the HSF, do I have to peel something off, or am I good to go? I already installed my HSF and now I don't know if I need to remove it or not, and don't want to go through the hassle if it's not necessary! Please advise :) 
May 19, 2009 8:45:33 PM

No, all you do is install the HSF the thermal paste should be good to go already.
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