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User Info: tigerslashII

tigerslashII
4 weeks ago#31
I got my CPU and I'm wondering about thermal paste. I plan to use the stock cooler, since I've seen pretty good reviews on the Wraith Prism cooler as stock coolers go, and after reading the instructions in the box it said nothing about applying thermal compound prior to installation. The cooler does have a greenish grey square on the copper contact so I'm assuming it has some kind of compound on it already, but I'm not 100%. None of the literature mentions it either, one way or the other. Do stock coolers tend to have their paste already applied? If so, will it pass muster or would I be better off scrubbing it clean and applying my own 3rd party paste to the chip instead?
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User Info: castrejon04

castrejon04
4 weeks ago#32
Get the Noctua thermal compound and get rid of whatever it's there already.
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User Info: tigerslashII

tigerslashII
4 weeks ago#33
So they do typically come with compound applied? Is it typically that much worse than 3rd party thermal pastes?
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castrejon04
4 weeks ago#34
tigerslashII posted...
So they do typically come with compound applied? Is it typically that much worse than 3rd party thermal pastes?


I don't know about AMD, but intel stock coolers already come with it applied.
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User Info: Dave_rawkzorz

Dave_rawkzorz
4 weeks ago#35
tigerslashII posted...
So they do typically come with compound applied? Is it typically that much worse than 3rd party thermal pastes?

When GN did tests for different pastes, I think the worst ones were around +5*C over some of the best when using identical coolers. IIRC the average was a degree or two over the best stuff. The paste preapplied to the cooler should be fine for the first time. Get a tube of Arctic Silver or Thermal Grizzly for when you need to re-apply or upgrade in a few years.
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tigerslashII
4 weeks ago#36
Dave_rawkzorz posted...
tigerslashII posted...
So they do typically come with compound applied? Is it typically that much worse than 3rd party thermal pastes?

When GN did tests for different pastes, I think the worst ones were around +5*C over some of the best when using identical coolers. IIRC the average was a degree or two over the best stuff. The paste preapplied to the cooler should be fine for the first time. Get a tube of Arctic Silver or Thermal Grizzly for when you need to re-apply or upgrade in a few years.

Thanks, that's the info I needed.
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