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Please don't say I'm trolling. I am just curious about this. If I cover a motherboard and CPU with MX-4 thermal paste, will it keep the motherboard cool? (not actually going to do, just a theory)
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No.

I mean, in theory, MX-4 is non-conductive, but why would you even risk that?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AquaKool;13869365 
No.

Why not?
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Originally Posted by AquaKool;13869365 
No.

I mean, in theory, MX-4 is non-conductive, but why would you even risk that?

Yeah but wouldn't the paste disperse all of the heat?
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Why not?
Thermal paste conducts heat, but you need a heatsink to actually get rid of the heat. It might cool it down slightly, but not enough to make it worth it.
    
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post #5 of 20
Not sure if serious...

Anyways, the point of thermal paste is to increase the ability to TRANSFER heat. The thermal paste itself doesn't actually cool anything. You would need some sort of heatsink to take the heat away from it, which your motherboard and cpu should be equipped with anyway.
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Originally Posted by AquaKool;13869386 
Thermal paste conducts heat, but you need a heatsink to actually get rid of the heat. It might cool it down slightly, but not enough to make it worth it.

What if I put little metal strips on top of the paste then used a fan to blow at them.
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post #7 of 20
Quote:
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What if I put little metal strips on top of the paste then used a fan to blow at them.
Uh...I'm not sure why your motherboard would be getting hot enough that you would need to do this anyways. A nice case with good fans and airflow should be enough.
    
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post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by AquaKool;13869418 
Uh...I'm not sure why your motherboard would be getting hot enough that you would need to do this anyways. A nice case with good fans and airflow should be enough.

Okay thanks for answering my question.
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What if I put little metal strips on top of the paste then used a fan to blow at them.
What would be the point of that? The pcb of the motherboard doesn't need to be cooled...
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post #10 of 20
Why would you even consider asking that? EDIT: I am sorry for this. I can see it being a good question for a noob.

You know this thread is going to blow up. You could use it on your heatsinked elements on your board, but nothing else really needs TIM or would benefit from it being placed onto it. Does that help?

Honestly, I would not go tearing off TIM adheasive on your NB, MOSFETS, or SB. It could be used as a replacement, but it would not outperform TIM adheasive and often times those heatsinks need the TIM adheasive to keep them in constant contact with the chips they are covering due to some being attached with springs. MX-4 does a good job on the ones you can tighten down though.
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