Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Aug 2017 20:14 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Several years ago, we published a round-up of thermal pastes that started with Thermal Paste Comparison, Part One: Applying Grease And More and concluded with Thermal Paste Comparison, Part Two: 39 Products Get Tested. Since it's so hot outside (at least in our U.S. labs), we're trying to cool so many new CPUs and GPUs, and readers keep asking for it, we decided to combine and update those stories, adding a range of new thermal pastes and pads.

Thermal paste and how to apply it are probably more divisive than anything else in technology. So many different methods, old wives' tales, folklore, and god knows what else.

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RE: Comment by grandmasterphp
by bassbeast on Sat 12th Aug 2017 01:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by grandmasterphp"
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I have to disagree as I've worked on several systems that were being refurbed after years in some of the worst conditions you can put a PC in, working in warehouses and construction zones where there is tons of dirt and crap clogging up fans and I've been able to tell those that used Arctic Silver pastes versus the generic stuff because over time the generic quickly loses its ability to cool while the Arctic Silver brand pastes keep on chugging.

I've used both the regular and the ceramic and while I personally prefer the ceramic (its easier to remove the cooler down the line if the unit gets an upgrade and I've found it keeps it a couple of degrees cooler than the AS regular) I've found both kinds work VERY well and more importantly KEEP working very well years down the line.

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