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Does thermal paste make a difference?

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I have an anthlon 3200+ processor and the temps are about 30C idle to 40C

under load. the weird thing is i didnt use any thermal paste on the cpu and im

using the stock cooler. Im just wondering if it would really make any difference

to the temps if i use thermal paste.
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post #2 of 23
Yes. Top of the line paste has a 1-3 cel variance, but from stock oem paste they're several degrees cooler
post #3 of 23
Thats weird, it will make a big difference especially when overclocking.

Load temps?
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post #4 of 23
Does one paste make much of a difference from another? Not really, 1-3°C between decent ones.

Does using paste make a difference from not using it? Oh yes.

You are lucky to have reasonable temps without paste, even at stock clocks. I would slap some on and you should get an improvement.
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post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn;15293928 
Does one paste make much of a difference from another? Not really, 1-3°C between decent ones.

Does using paste make a difference from not using it? Oh yes.

You are lucky to have reasonable temps without paste, even at stock clocks. I would slap some on and you should get an improvement.

Actually if you had PERFECT contact surface, paste would hinder conductivity, but since we don't have PERFECT contact, paste takes up the slop.
post #6 of 23
Yes use paste because it is very difficult to get perfect contact surface between two metal surfaces. Paste is just there to transfer heat better instead of air (thermal insulator). You should gain a few degrees better cooling performance from thermal paste.
post #7 of 23
Yes.
post #8 of 23
I have run tests my self with Some of the markets pastes before I joined this forum,

And yes there can be a notable difference in Thermal paste technology as long as you apply it in the correct manner,

When I tried without T-P I had lapped both CPU + CPU Cooler so the face of the surfaces where as flat as possible and I really did not see any difference in temperature between non timmed and timmed,

Its up to you to do your own testing to find out what you prefer,
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post #9 of 23
Yes. and depends on the paste you use from before sometimes you can see 8-10c drop on temps
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post #10 of 23
If you search around, you can find different tests members here have done.

Here is one such example: http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/676467-thermal-paste-roundup-8-way.html
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