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Clean and apply thermal compound

  • CPUs
  • Heatsinks
  • Thermal Compound
  • Processors
Last response: in CPUs
a b à CPUs
June 19, 2010 9:54:33 AM

what is the best method of removing cleaning and applying fresh thermal compound to the processor and how much more do you apply to the heatsink

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a c 122 à CPUs
June 19, 2010 1:16:22 PM

You'll get alot of members with some different techniques but essentially the same.
I start by cleaning the stock paste of the cpu using a soft lint free cloth and 99% isopropyl alcohol.
When i'm ready for cooler mounting i apply a 5mm pea sized amount of compound in the middle of HS.
Some compound is not very co-operative so i have also used another method which involves applying the compound in tiny dabs in a grid covering the HS.
Both have worked well for me.
Your first time will involve a little patience.
Btw i've tried the plastic card spreading approach and was never successful but i think it was a matter of the compound i was using .
Thermalright ChillFactor 2 which is very good btw but not for spreading.
In the same class as AC MX-2 and AS5.