Thermal Paste

This is a discussion on Thermal Paste within the General Chat board part of the General category; Just decided to upgrade the thermal paste in my MacBook Pro (early 2011) and was astonished to see the factory ...

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    Thermal Paste

    Just decided to upgrade the thermal paste in my MacBook Pro (early 2011) and was astonished to see the factory application. The North/South Bridges were done decently, but the CPU/GPU was completely fucked. The part I find the worst is that last week I did the same thing to my old HP laptop, and the factory application on that was easily 10x better then Apple's. Even using only 10% of what they did would have been enough. I've used my (3.5g) tube of Arctic Silver 5 for 8 different applications, and I still have plenty. It's crazy to see they probably used half a tube just for the CPU and GPU.



    Northbridge (Factory Application)
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    CPU/GPU (New Application)

    I ALWAYS use either the dot or line method when applying thermal paste, I'd much rather do it twice (the first time to make sure I applied the proper amount) then have the air bubbles that you get with the spread method.

    This is why I don't like to pre-spread the paste:


    I'm already seeing a 10C difference at idle, and that's without my cooling pad.
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    lol... wow i dont know why but im not that surprised :S

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    My computer seems to be having heating issues lately.. =/
    big fan blowing on it fixes the problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Safou View Post
    My computer seems to be having heating issues lately.. =/
    big fan blowing on it fixes the problem
    It's a good idea to take it apart every 6 months or so and blow all the dust out (especially around the heat sinks and fans). You'd be surprised how much airflow gets blocked by dust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesc00ls0x View Post
    It's a good idea to take it apart every 6 months or so and blow all the dust out (especially around the heat sinks and fans). You'd be surprised how much airflow gets blocked by dust.
    Yeah that's true I have been really lazy with it . I might actually do that tomorrow ^.^
    Last time i did it I dropped my cpu by like 10 degree celsius

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    Quote Originally Posted by Safou View Post
    Yeah that's true I have been really lazy with it . I might actually do that tomorrow ^.^
    Last time i did it I dropped my cpu by like 10 degree celsius
    I cleaned mine out while I was in there, now it's barely going above 80C. That's pretty good considering Arctic Silver 5 has a 200 hour curing time, so it's only going to get better.
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    If you can't afford air compressor, just use a blowdryer and vacuum it. Hate cleaning my comp with passion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash View Post
    If you can't afford air compressor, just use a blowdryer and vacuum it. Hate cleaning my comp with passion
    I have a 5 gallon compressor in my garage, my dad used to be a mechanic so we've got tons of nice tools laying around. You could use a leaf blower too if you don't have a compressor, but I can't imagine a hair dryer having enough air pressure to be worth trying.
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    Good to know. I wonder if the pre-spread paste on something like a liquid cooler is as bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesc00ls0x View Post
    It's a good idea to take it apart every 6 months or so and blow all the dust out (especially around the heat sinks and fans). You'd be surprised how much airflow gets blocked by dust.
    I fix people's computers for money on craigslist. Tons of nooby middle aged people always bring their towers to me and This is how it normally goes...

    Middleageddouche - "Hurp durp, This wont turn on, Idk wats rong fix pl0x"
    Me - "Why I can certainly take a look at that for you, why don't you come back later"
    Middleageddouche - "lolzk"
    *In the meantime I break out the trusty compressed air can, spray the shit out of the tower, and BLAM. Fires up like they bought it yesterday.*

    I then normally make up some random story if they are that douchey and over charge them.
    If they aren't that retarded and are legitimately clueless I'll tell them what it was and just give it back.

    Soz for off topic story. I felt it needed to be said. Sort of.

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