Should I apply arctic silver 5 to a brand new stock CPU fan? I'm putting together a computer and I bought some arctic silver and an i3 Sandy Bridge. The stock CPU fan appears to have 3 thermal pads on it. I was wondering if you would recommend removing the thermal pads and applying AS5 to the CPU?
Also, I guess I have another question. Is "tinting" just applying thermal paste to the heat sink? Do you recommend doing it?
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However, the Arctic Silver website suggests to use the 'vertical line method' for the i3 when applying the Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound.
They did recommend to tint the heatsink and the metal cap. I don't use the tinting method but you could try it and see if it makes any difference. http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_application_method.ht...
Seeing as how the stock thermal compound application is to be heat melted into place once seated a proper TIM application is IMO the very best option.
You need to keep in mind a stock heat sink is far from any kind of performance levels at all so if you're after any overclocking head room you'll need more than just a good application of thermal compound of any kind to achieve it.
You'll need an aftermarket performance heat sink, then your thermal application will be of much more importance.