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Hey guys,

I am thinking of replacing the thermal paste/thermal pad on my Dell Studio XPS 1640. I have a T9600 processor and an ATI 4670 HD for a graphics card. I have seen posts saying that they have thermal pads, and that some have thermal paste. Does anyone know for sure about which it has for each?

I will hopefully replace both regardless of type, and am open to recommendations. I have never worked with thermal pads, and haven't paid attention to the thermal paste market for a year or two (so I would love recommendations here as well).

I am also worried about the thermal paste moving and possibly short circuiting stuff. Should I be worried about that, because my laptop does move around a lot.

Thanks a ton in advance!

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If there is indeed a pad on anything (aka, it peels off and feels oily/greasy) then keep it. They can be reused. If it is a pad you gotta scrape off, then you replace that with TIM. Grab some MX2 so that you don't have to worry if you make a mess and get work.

Also, MX2 doesn't "flow" like some other crappy TIM (AKA stays in place) and is non-conductive, non-captive, doesn't dry out, and stays viscous.

Hope that helps.
 
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb;14364860 
If there is indeed a pad on anything (aka, it peels off and feels oily/greasy) then keep it. They can be reused. If it is a pad you gotta scrape off, then you replace that with TIM. Grab some MX2 so that you don't have to worry if you make a mess and get work.

Also, MX2 doesn't "flow" like some other crappy TIM (AKA stays in place) and is non-conductive, non-captive, doesn't dry out, and stays viscous.

Hope that helps.

Thanks for the help +rep!

Would replacing a pad with thermal paste harm it at all? I remember reading somewhere that the difference in heights can cause a problem. Would it be worth it to replace a thermal pad, if there is one, just because I am already in the laptop?

Thanks for the advice on the MX-2, how does that compare to other thermal pastes? My laptop does get a little toasty sometimes, so heat transfer is a big issue frown.gif

Thanks again!
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Thermal pads are used when 1 or both of the following conditions apply:

There is too much space for TIM to be used properly (IE why thermal pads are so thick).

When components don't produce much heat. But usually it is both of these.

MX-2 is decent TIM and is still one of the best, but MX-4 is probably the 4th best TIM you can buy. MX-2 would definately be better than the old crap.

Also make sure you clean the heat sink and the CPU thoroughly with alcohol and a razor if need be. Small scratches in the surface of the meta CPU and heat sink won't do anything. But if it is contact with bare silicon, then be VERY gentle. Silicon is like glass, but don't push to hard or you will scratch it.

Then again, the transisters on the backside (face down) and has a good 1/5 of a mm to spare on the silicon and generally scratching the surface won't hurt it.
 
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb;14365123 
Thermal pads are used when 1 or both of the following conditions apply:

There is too much space for TIM to be used properly (IE why thermal pads are so thick).

When components don't produce much heat. But usually it is both of these.

MX-2 is decent TIM and is still one of the best, but MX-4 is probably the 4th best TIM you can buy. MX-2 would definately be better than the old crap.

Also make sure you clean the heat sink and the CPU thoroughly with alcohol and a razor if need be. Small scratches in the surface of the meta CPU and heat sink won't do anything. But if it is contact with bare silicon, then be VERY gentle. Silicon is like glass, but don't push to hard or you will scratch it.

Then again, the transisters on the backside (face down) and has a good 1/5 of a mm to spare on the silicon and generally scratching the surface won't hurt it.

That's why I am worried about the thermal pad/thermal paste issue. I don't want to just get thermal paste, and then have to leave a thermal pad on there because I don't have a replacement.

Thanks a ton for the help again. Another rep for the help.



If anyone else knows about whether there are thermal pads or thermal paste for this model, please post smile.gif
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You can get thermal pads from FrozenCPU for rather cheap. What size of pads do you need? Are they a mm thick or are they thinner? IF not thinner then are they thicker?

They come in .5, 1mm, and I beleive 1.5mm thick.
 
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You can get thermal pads from FrozenCPU for rather cheap. What size of pads do you need? Are they a mm thick or are they thinner? IF not thinner then are they thicker?

They come in .5, 1mm, and I beleive 1.5mm thick.

See, that's where I run into problems. I have no idea what size they are without opening it up, and even then, I wouldn't know how to tell.

Is there somewhere I could look to find the information?

Thanks for more help. If I need some I will get them from FrozenCPU.

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