My question is pretty self explanatory. I got a new i5 3570k processor, and although it came with a stock heatsink, it didn't come with a tube of thermal paste. And there's no mention of thermal paste at all in the processor's manual. Is the thermal paste pre-applied to the processor? Or does this processor not need any paste at all?
I plan on using the stock cooler and stock clock settings for now. Eventually I will buy a better heatsink in order to overclock, but for now I just want to see if this processor will work with my motherboard.