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 b 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: ForumBlob vs spread ( applying thermal paste ) ForumApplying thermal paste without injection ForumApplying thermal paste ForumSome notes on applying thermal paste to the Xigmatek ForumApplying thermal paste ? ForumThermal Paste Removal/Installation Guide ForumSunbeam Core contact freezer coming. Should I use the thermal paste ? ForumToo much thermal paste : all over i7 CPU ForumThermal paste on CPU or Water block?? ForumHow to apply thermal paste ForumCPU thermal paste ? ForumTemps after applying AS5 Thermal Paste to 6870 Stock cooler ForumThermal Paste applied wrong! ForumApply thermal paste to heat-sink fan? ForumThermal Paste and isoprophl alcohol ForumShould I connect all my case fans to a PWM slot? Forum[Solved] Antec Thermal Compound Forum2600K temperature hot with CM Hyper 212+ ForumNeed help with new water cooling loop Forum[Solved] Need Help With Choosing CPU Cooler More resources Read discussions in other Overclocking categories CPUs Motherboards Memory Chipsets Heatsinks Water Cooling Intel AMD !