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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 08:24 AM - Thread Starter
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Will Thermal Paste Save Me?

I just bought some used hardware as a bundle, i5-4690k, 2x 8 GB ram, and be quiet! cooler (Shadow Rock LP i think), to replace my 8 gb ram and i3-4170 with its factory cooler.

The i5 has no thermal paste on it, the i3 had some from the factory (was like 3-4 years old).
After the change I realised that my PC performance was a bit lower than before, especially considering it went from 8gb ram to 16gb.
After reading some threads I updated my BIOS, that gave me like 3-5 more fps. I decided to check my CPU temperature, which I never did before, so I downloaded CoreTemp.The temperature is like 60-68°C when only Steam and Google is running. When I start playing something it goes to 100° and a bit above.
I dont have any air intake/outtake ventilations, I was always doing finde without them... looking forward to getting some though.

So the question is, do I get such temperature numbers and weaker performance because I have no thermal paste?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 08:43 AM
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It will improve things but not to this extent.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 02:17 AM
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Yes, clean it good with isoproyl alcohol and use a good paste like Noctua NT-h1/h2 or Kryonaut
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 02:42 AM
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So you are not using any thermal paste? You cannot do that. You need thermal paste. It's cheap, you can buy it anywhere that sells computer stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Silver...gateway&sr=8-4

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So you are not using any thermal paste? You cannot do that.
It already comes applied from the factory hence those that purchase these cpu's aren't worried about thermal paste, as their product is covered .

It's us here on OCN that know about what is applied at the factory and will know better to remove it instantly from the heat sink being used and buy a popular paste recommended by those with more experience.

Almost NEVER use any factory heat-sinks when buying Intel (long time ago) or AMD (today). Far better to buy and use Noctua, Thermalright or Cryorig.
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Quote: Originally Posted by BroadPwns View Post
It will improve things but not to this extent.
"Used hardware as a bundle"
"and be quiet! cooler (Shadow Rock LP i think), to replace"
"The i5 has no thermal paste on it, the i3 had some from the factory"
"do I get such temperature numbers and weaker performance because I have no thermal paste?"

Yes OP, you always need thermal paste. Holy moly that's bad.

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I ran the 5775c unlapped at 4GHz with no thermal paste with this cooler, 80C was the most I could see in Prime95

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