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Changing laptop TIM, worth it?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro L740 EZ1420D and changed the thermal paste when I got it because it was the stock paste and was running kinda hot. I used AS5 at the time because It was all I had laying around (other than some Liquid Ultra), but I've never been happy with the temps. It doesn't get super hot, but gaming (which it does pretty well actually) and running 1440p and up it runs in the mid to high 80's and often bumps into the 90's.

I went through the same issue with my now deceased 3570K with AS5. It absolutely hated AS5, but seems to love Ceramique 2. Temps dropped considerably between the two. I just wanted to get some opinions on the temps, and if it would be worth it to switch to Ceramique 2. I know laptops / notebooks run hot due to the limited space, but having the fan at full speed while watching an HD youtube video is kinda annoying. rolleyes.gif

What do you guys think, tear it down and re-do the thermal paste or just leave it alone?

Edit:
I've also done the obvious. Its kept clean, in a smoke free environment so I know the HSF isn't clogged up.
Edited by *ka24e* - 11/28/13 at 9:19pm
post #2 of 9
Highly recommend you to try Gelid GC-Extreme, it's the best paste I have ever used and beats AS5 and Ceramique 2.
It has almost no set in time, and is much better to apply.
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I'm sure it wouldn't hurt. I used to tear my laptop down every 6 months when I had it (sold it) to clean it out and change the TIM.

Got 20/10 degrees on the cpu/gpu changing from the horrible stock TIM, stuff was an absolute mess (replaced with NTH1 - all I use for all my TIM needs actually)

 
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Thanks guys.

Yeah, I think I'm going to tear it down again and re-do the paste. High 80's and low 90's just don't seem right for a 2430M. I'll report back with results. thumb.gif
post #5 of 9
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Wow, well I think I'm going to throw out the rest of my AS5. I managed to run IBT and not get above 80c with Ceramique 2. Youtube would get me 80c + just watching a 1080 video. lachen.gif

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If AS5 gave you 80C by just watching a video, I would definitely blame the application. I've used AS5 on a number of high end builds and it worked just fine. Maybe your paste was too old?
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post #7 of 9
Move your heat sink around if its getting that hot. Literally moving mine about 1mm made a WORLD of difference. Also when I replaced the factory stuff on my msi with as5, my temps dropped about 10-15C.
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If AS5 gave you 80C by just watching a video, I would definitely blame the application. I've used AS5 on a number of high end builds and it worked just fine. Maybe your paste was too old?
I would agree if I wouldn't had seen how bad it was first hand. It used to be good stuff, but ever since I jumped ship and went with an Ivy setup, AS5 has just sucked. I'm definitely not new to applying thermal paste.

My 3570K ran so hot with AS5 is was ridiculous. Even delidded with AS5 between the die/IHS and IHS/HSF it ran stupid hot at very low voltage. Shin-etsu, Ceramique 2, CLU as well as various MX paste's. Before on my laptop I couldn't run IBT without throttling. I'm sitting here watching it run on Maximum and it's holding steady at around 82c.

20c-ish drop with just a different paste. wink.gif
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I would agree if I wouldn't had seen how bad it was first hand. It used to be good stuff, but ever since I jumped ship and went with an Ivy setup, AS5 has just sucked. I'm definitely not new to applying thermal paste.

My 3570K ran so hot with AS5 is was ridiculous. Even delidded with AS5 between the die/IHS and IHS/HSF it ran stupid hot at very low voltage. Shin-etsu, Ceramique 2, CLU as well as various MX paste's. Before on my laptop I couldn't run IBT without throttling. I'm sitting here watching it run on Maximum and it's holding steady at around 82c.

20c-ish drop with just a different paste. wink.gif

Then Maybe the paste was bad or something. Too old maybe?

Agreed that AS5 isn't the best and its an ageing TIM but I've used it on some ivy Desktops and Laptops and it worked fine.
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