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How much difference does thermal paste make? Say in degrees, like 2-3 or 10?
 
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you mean like not having it at all? or different pastes?

different pastes can range from 0-20 C differences. if you dont have any thermal paste, your CPU will probably overheat.
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you mean like not having it at all? or different pastes?

different pastes can range from 0-20 C differences. if you dont have any thermal paste, your CPU will probably overheat.

Not even worth making another post as my thoughts have already been conveyed. thumb.gif
 
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post #4 of 19
You could always just use mayonnaise:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermal-Compound-Roundup-February-2012/1490/5

When I switched from Arctic Silver 5 to Prolimetech PK1 my load temps went down 3C.........does that help?
    
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Replacing old paste, or a bad paste application (say on a GPU) can make a dramatic difference.

My cards got up to 70*c @ 80% fan with no load. After paste install 45*c @ 50% fan
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you mean like not having it at all? or different pastes?

different pastes can range from 0-20 C differences. if you dont have any thermal paste, your CPU will probably overheat.

I mean not having it all compared with having it. Would the difference be 2-3 degrees?
 
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post #7 of 19
I am not understand your question. Do you mean all the thermal compounds compared?
 
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Comparing to stock Intel thermal paste, how much will iC Diamond 24 Carat will improve the temperatures?
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I mean not having it all compared with having it. Would the difference be 2-3 degrees?

You need to use thermal paste, period.
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I mean not having it all compared with having it. Would the difference be 2-3 degrees?

If you don't have it, the heat transfer will not take place very well because of air pockets, the thermal paste fills in the air pockets to help with the heat transfer. Without the thermal paste, your CPU will more than likely overheat and your PC will shut down because not enough heat transfer is taking place.
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