Originally Posted by Foaric
Hey all, I recently bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and it came with some thermal compound in the box.
I was wondering if that thermal compound is fine to use as it is, rather than buying a different brand/type.
Also, does anyone have any advice about applying it to the HDC (Heatpipe Direct Contact) design of the 212+?
Indeed, last night I decided to try the stock thermal compound. I have a Cooler Master TX3 and with an expensive "silver" paste, I had too high temps even on idle. The stock compound (according to my short experience) seems to be more easy to spread over the surface of the heatsink (kind of creamy compared to the silver that was like a metallic paint). I did it just over the HS not over the processor. My temps went down some 5 or 10Â°C, and it was pretty cool for me!
Just remember to clean both, the processor and HS surface with alcohol, some good quality paper towels to remove the excess of old paste, some q-tips for the fine cleaning.
To apply the thermal paste I used an amount similar to 1 1/2 rice grain (it seems to be a common measure) , then spread it all over the HS surface with an old credit card, or some other plastic thing with a good sharped edge. And the end you should have a very thin coat of paste (too thick is not good neither). Then seat the HS over the clean processor and check your temps.