I just got an AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz.. The heatsink and fan came with it in the box..
The thermal pad is already on the heatsink (came like that).. I also have thermal grease..
My question is should i use the thermal PAD or thermal GREASE? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?
Thermal pad : Advantages - Less effort, less likely to kill CPU (if thermal paste is conductive)
Disadvantages - Higher temps - CPU might come off when removed
Thermal grease : Advantages - Lower temps, easy to remove, higher quality
Disadvantages - Requires removal of thermal pad, costs money, if electrically conductive, there is a small accidental chance you might short circut the CPU
In general, non-conductive thermal paste is the best option, something like Tunia TX-3