processor installation

  SHORTMARINE 13:17 15 Jun 2006

Hi all..hope this does not sound to daft..i have to fit a processor to new motherboard the processor is a AMD 3000 do i need to use thermal paste..?. as the heatsink has a intact.(new) thermal pad ..i have looked at the AMD site on installation and it did not mention thermal paste but other site,s and one of the instruction booklet say i must use some can anybody please give a answer..i am of the view it can,t hurt to use both but i do not want to degrade the pad by mistake..many thanks for your help..IAN

  rodriguez 13:33 15 Jun 2006

You should still be able to use thermal paste, just smear a thin layer onto the CPU with a credit card. The paste dries hard anyway and gives a bit extra help in keeping the CPU cool. I even put thermal paste on a Celeron processor and it never goes above 50 degrees.

  jimv7 14:07 15 Jun 2006

If you are fitting a new fan and the thermal pad is unused then you do not need to put paste on the cpu, its already on the fan base.

  €dstowe 14:14 15 Jun 2006

DO NOT under any circumstances use paste and pad together. The idea of the thermal paste is to provide as close a contact between the heatsink and the CPU as possible. Smearing loads of gunge (to use a technical term) on it will only make this more difficult to achieve.

Definitely a case of "less is more".

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