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Apply Arctic Silver 5 to brand new stock CPU fan?

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Last response: in Overclocking
October 27, 2012 3:29:26 AM

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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a c 152 K Overclocking
October 27, 2012 7:09:55 AM

It won't make a difference.

Remember, i3's run fairly cool.
October 27, 2012 7:56:34 AM

Watch the video "How Thermal Compound Spreads (MX-2 Edition)":

Use the pea method.

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.
a c 351 K Overclocking
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October 27, 2012 1:51:48 PM

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.