So the big day is almost upon me! All the parts are coming in tomorrow and I will finally build my first computer. My biggest concern is the application of the thermal paste. I've already ordered a 92mm Zalman fan which comes with a syringe of Arctic Silver 5 paste. I've heard rumors that there is a special way to apply the paste to an AMD processor. What is everyones opinion and personal experience with pasting up a Phenom II processor!
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Well there used to be. Back in the Athlon XP days before AMD put a IHS on top of their CPUs.
Back in the day AMDs CPU die would make direct contact with the HSF while Intels had a plate (IHS) to seperate the die with the HSF (heatsink) and also evenly dissipate the heat.
my suggestion is to put a small amount and spread it with either a credit card or your finger in a glove (rubber).
My Zalman came with a thing of thermal paste but it was in a bottle and had a neat brush applicator.
new cpus have usually got some thermal paste on them already... r u gonna be overclocking??
and yes, I am going to be overclocking, and hopefully unlocking the 4th core on my 720 BE.
Well, I'm not worried about break in times, and the fan I bought came with a free tube of it. I was always under the impression that AS5 was the best, I had heard about it when I first started getting interested in computers, back in like 2003.
WAS the best.....
That is strictly your opinion.
by the way aplying thermal paste on an AMD cpu voids your warranty... unless its a specific type (probably the one they come with)... but do as every one does and use it any way, if you have any problems just clean it up =)
Well newegg apparently forgot about their own deal, buy a 92mm Zalman fan and get a free tube of AS5, but the fan came with a tiny amount of Zalman paste. So that's what I used. Oh and the install went off without a hitch!
Thats not true. What moron told you that?
You can use any thermal paste you want. Besides OEM cpu's don't come with a fan and they dont come with thermal paste either, so you would have to apply thermal paste.