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Does thermal compound make all the difference?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Pulse, 29 Jul 2006.

  1. Pulse


    Joined: 25 Jul 2006

    Posts: 3,503

    Location: Taunton

    simply as the title asks - does thermal compount make all the difference?

    I only ask because today i installed a new heatsink - Akasa Evo 33 but not with the original fan and i took the thermal compound off as it was dirty and dried up. I was going to reapply new thermal compound until i came to find that I had used all of mine :(.

    I've put it on and temps have dropped 2oc but would thermal compound help make more of a difference?
    Last edited: 29 Jul 2006
  2. ChrisJSY


    Joined: 16 Jul 2006

    Posts: 6,552

    Location: Jersey, Channel Islands

    That's the entire point of Thermal compound.
    Helps transfer the heat to the heatsink as right now, contact between your CPU and Heatsink is not 100% flat, airpockets (be them tiny) will not help your temps at all.

    Also don't forget most compounds take many hours to 'cure' and be more effective. We're talking 200ish.
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  3. img


    Joined: 23 Mar 2005

    Posts: 633

    also putting too much on will make temps worse. its there to fill in the tiny gaps you cant see between the surfaces
  4. Cyber-Mav


    Joined: 30 Jul 2005

    Posts: 15,736

    Location: Midlands

    if your a pro with machines then any sort of thermal compound will do the trick. i find that noobs that are new to overclocking will go out and buy stuff like as5 for a 0.2c drop in temps.

    thermal compound is not the be all to cpu cooling. why pay a fiver for a tube when you can put that cash towards a better cpu cooler which will provide a far better end result.
  5. Pulse


    Joined: 25 Jul 2006

    Posts: 3,503

    Location: Taunton

    thats a fair point Cyber-Mav, i havent spent alot on the thermal paste just £2 and i know not to put alot on as it.

    just applied some and temps have dropped 4oc, nothing major.

    I expect to be looking for a new cpu cooler in about a month, any suggestions as of what to get, look at my sig for the sort of system specs.