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Too Much Thermal Paste = Dead CPU?

May 16, 2005 at 10:56:17
Specs: Win2k SP4, 3.2Ghz P4 HT 1mb

Hi,

Can too much thermal grease kill a processor?

Thanks

Sam


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#1
May 16, 2005 at 12:06:46

If it's a P4, NO. It's thermally protected & cannot overheat & fry. Believe it or not, a P4 will run with NO heatsink installed & it won't burnout (don't try it...lol).

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/editorials/article/1278.8/

As for the paste, you should use only a small dab, about the size of a grain of rice, then spread it out thinly & evenly over the core.


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#2
May 16, 2005 at 13:01:24

Thanks, so that hasnt killed my P4 then.

I had gone a little overboard on the grease then read somewhere that it can be bad.



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#3
May 16, 2005 at 14:07:51

If you're sure you used too much, remove the heatsink & remove the excess paste...then apply a fresh layer, but this time do it correctly. Follow these instructions:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm

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#4
May 16, 2005 at 15:22:44

If you've used too much Arctic Silver, you can short out pins and bridges on your CPU and MOBO.

You CAN kill a CPU with a conductive thermal paste like Arctic Silver.


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#5
May 18, 2005 at 10:37:57

Already tried cleaning it and reapplying, no joy.

It was just cheap silicone based thermal grease, £1.50 a tube.

I checked for any on the motherboard and underside of the chip but there was none.

What about the grease getting into the hole in the corner of the P4?

http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040201/images/prescott-1.jpg



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#6
May 18, 2005 at 13:54:24

The silicone based stuff is pretty inert.

I use it exclusively but I live close to Dow Corning corporate HQ and I know who else uses it: NASA, military, etc.

I don't think that would cook a CPU or MOBO if you slathered all over it.


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