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No thermal paste needed?

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January 3, 2010 7:03:36 AM

im running an i7 Oc to 3.5 using the stock fan and heatsink now im getting the Cooler masters V8 and it has a Mirror-finished that makes 100% contact with the processor does it mean that i dont need thermal paste?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 7:16:38 AM

you always need thermal paste
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 7:33:16 AM

yeah, it can't possibly make perfect contact without TIM to fill the gap.
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 11:26:12 AM

But you don't know if the CPU heat spreader is perfectly flat.
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January 3, 2010 11:29:48 AM

yes i hate that gooey thermal crap too
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2010 3:39:24 AM

You could always "lap" the CPU, but even then I'd still use paste.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2010 3:50:44 AM

even a lapped CPU needs paste. the paste needs to be there to fill even microscopic gaps that could trap air and insulate the chip.

that would be bad.
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January 10, 2010 5:49:25 AM

yeah ill just play it safe and use it i have some left no biggie
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