Why nobody ever talks about thermal paste?
Written by: tasos97 - 19:34 Apr-13-2018

Just wanted to share something very quickly with everyone. I was just reading something online about differences between thermal pastes (regarding delidding intel cpus) and i was keen to try it out for myself. I had originally bought some random stuff from a local retailer that performed just fine with my 4.2 GHz FX 8300, and then i went ahead and got the Phanteks PH-NDC, for double the price of the crappy paste. I applied it and temps when basically idling went down 4 degrees, from 48 to 44 C. Something so basic and so essential can make such a big impact on the performance and noise level of a system, which left me simply astounded. 

For anyone using crappy paste, a wholehearted recommendation, go and invest in some high quality thermal paste, the difference is huge.


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Keep in mind that you'll ALWAYS see a difference in temps on a fresh application of Thermal paste…. once the paste has time to cure and setup, the temps will generally settle, so just because you've noticed a difference right away doesn't yet mean its time to celebrate, check again after a couple weeks after some good burn-in time to see if it's maintaining those lower temps.

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failed to note as well, both tests were run on fresh applications of the phanteks t.p and the other piece of . i am still astounded to be honest

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cuz there's nothing really to talk about. When you buy you look at the rated heat dissipation/transfer, the higher the better and that's it.


Most are non-conductive nowadays if NOT just about all at this point.


The only real discussion is between liquid metal vs toothpaste(I mean thermal paste).

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Originally thought going straight to liquid metal, but my heatsink is aluminium and that would not be a lot of fun :/ i would like an 420 aio and liquid metal tbh

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for CPUs it barely makes a difference, since you are applying it on the heat spreader and NOT the die.


It makes a big difference when it's between the Die and Heat Spreader, but otherwise it's meh, may give you 2-3C lower than a good thermal paste.

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I still rock an fx 8300, never went intel to avoid all the hasle with delidding

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Oh For a fx 83xx you really do NOT need more than just a simple thermal paste, my old fx 6300 was extremely cool with the stock smaller heat sink, get a more beefy cooler and overclock the fx 8300 to 4.6-4.8Ghz and enjoy, though your CPU is perfect for your GPU as is.

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Right now i have a bequiet! pure rock slim and i have to say, not the biggest fan ever. It gets the job done, but that's all, i cannot go over 4.2 with it, o/h is certain at anything over 4.4 in demanding senarios. i want to get a dual 120 aio, for future-proofing as well, to get that and call it an end in terms of getting cpu coolers

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Get a Mo-Ra2 or Mo-Ra3 XD

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LOL not a bad idea, at least it would keep that cpu very very very cool :P

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The MO-Ra3 keeps delided i7 8700ks overclocked to 5Ghz, The old oven-ish Phenom II x6 overclocked to 4.3Ghz and especially Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to 4.125Ghz at slightly above room temperature XD
And FX CPUs are just as cool as Ryzen is, even if their max safe operating temperature is lower.

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