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Mounting a heatsink without using thermal paste?

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If I mount a heatsink on my south bridge without using thermal paste, and the heatsink isn't flat enough so it will be rooms of air between the south bridge and heatsink, can it act insulating? And is it dangerous if the south bridge is extra hot on certain spots, or does it spread out as a general increased heat compared to a perfect mount?
Edited by Jorgen297 - 4/12/14 at 12:48am
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Installing a heatsink without any type of thermal transfer material is a bad idea.

Just don't do it.
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You can use toothpaste or tomato sauce as a temporary TIM till you get something better. Not using anything is a real bad idea.
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Is it more dangerous to mount a non-thermal-pasted heatsink than letting the south bridge remain without one at all?
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Originally Posted by Jorgen297 View Post

Is it more dangerous to mount a non-thermal-pasted heatsink than letting the south bridge remain without one at all?

Yes, that would result in a quicker death. The heatsink would still be dissipating heat, but the air pockets would eventually cause failure over an extended period.
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Yes, that would result in a quicker death. The heatsink would still be dissipating heat, but the air pockets would eventually cause failure over an extended period.

Thanks, gave you rep. thumb.gif
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