Applying thermal paste to coolers with smaller contact area Tags: Heatsinks Cooling Thermal Compound CPUs Overclocking Last response: September 27, 2012 3:15 PM in Overclocking Share urbanmidnight September 27, 2012 10:57:24 AM Hi to everyone at Tomshw. Just a quick question. I recently bought a Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro and noticed the contact area between cpu and cooler is a lot smaller than the cpu. Do i apply paste to the entire cpu as normal, or just apply to the contact area on cooler ? Thanks ! Adam. More about : applying thermal paste coolers smaller contact area Z1NONLY a c 78 à CPUs a b K Overclocking September 27, 2012 3:15:56 PM Just the contact area on the cooler. If the thermal paste isn't conducting heat betwent the the cpu and the cooler in a given area, you are better off without it in that area. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Blob vs spread ( applying thermal paste ) Forum Applying thermal paste without injection Forum Applying thermal paste Forum Some notes on applying thermal paste to the Xigmatek Forum Applying thermal paste ? Forum Thermal Paste Removal/Installation Guide Forum Sunbeam Core contact freezer coming. Should I use the thermal paste ? Forum Too much thermal paste : all over i7 CPU Forum Thermal paste on CPU or Water block?? Forum How to apply thermal paste Forum CPU thermal paste ? Forum Temps after applying AS5 Thermal Paste to 6870 Stock cooler Forum Thermal Paste applied wrong! Forum Apply thermal paste to heat-sink fan? Forum Thermal Paste and isoprophl alcohol Forum Should I connect all my case fans to a PWM slot? Forum [Solved] Antec Thermal Compound Forum 2600K temperature hot with CM Hyper 212+ Forum Need help with new water cooling loop Forum [Solved] Need Help With Choosing CPU Cooler Forum More resources Read discussions in other Overclocking categories CPUs Motherboards Memory Chipsets Heatsinks Water Cooling Intel AMD !