didnt use thermal glue on fan but it runs well should i now?

December 5, 2017 at 14:43:21
Specs: Windows 10, Intel i5 / 8 gigs
About 3 or 4 months ago, I installed a better CPU fan, but I didn't put on any thermal paste. I read that not putting on the thermal paste could destroy your CPU, but my computer has been running fine ever since then, should I put the paste on now, or is it fine if I don't?

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December 5, 2017 at 16:03:27
Thermal glue & thermal paste are 2 completely different things. Be sure to use paste.

If by 'CPU fan' you mean heatsink/fan (aka HSF), you should always use paste between the top of CPU & bottom of heatsink. The only time you shouldn't use it is if the heatsink comes with a thermal pad pre-applied. A pad could look something like THIS or possibly like THIS.

If your heatsink had no pad, you should apply paste. If you have an i5, you should use the vertical line method: http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/app...


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