Thermal grease, or thermally conductive paste. is applied between the CPU and cooling it with a cooler. Providing the best heat transfer, it allows you to more effectively cool the processor. Owners of computers will be useful to know how to apply thermal paste self.

How does the thermal paste?   The fact is that the processor casing and the radiator adjoin each other loosely due to a not perfectly flat surface. Therefore, there may be air between them, because of which the heat removal from the processor falls by 15-20%. Filling this gap, the thermal paste allows to cool the processor better due to its high thermal conductivity.

Thermal paste can be purchased in a computer store (but not in any store, you can find it) or on the radio. It is inexpensive, and given that one matchbox thermal paste can last for 60 processor, applying thermal paste will cost you a mere pittance. Choosing the thermal compound, make a note of indicators such as the thermal conductivity.   Thermal conductivity of thermal paste is measured in watts per meter, multiplied by Kelvin (W / m * K). In the most common types of thermal paste, this figure is 0.7-0.8, but in some brands it can reach up to 2.

Some thermal paste to contain fine powders of metals, which help to better conduct heat. However thermal grease based on metal may cause closure of the contacts, if messy to apply. At density thermal paste to judge the ease of application: thicker than thermal grease, the harder it will be to apply. Pay attention to the form of release of thermal paste. If you are going to apply thermal paste for the first time, choose a thermal grease in a tube (syringe) - this will facilitate the dosage and application of thermal paste.

Good thermal grease   should have the least thermal resistance (respectively, the greatest thermal conductivity), maintain its properties over time in a wide range of temperatures (-40 to 200 ° C), do not change the consistency, it is convenient to be applied and easy to flush.

So, to to apply thermal paste. you will need the actual thermal paste, a soft cloth, a screwdriver and. toilet paper. I'm not kidding. The fact is that when applying thermal paste it is almost impossible not to get dirty, but it's best to wipe your hands from thermal paste with toilet paper.

Before you apply thermal paste, set up your work space. Ideally, it should be a smooth, well-lit table. The computer should be turned off (we do not doubt that you know this, but it's better to say all the nuances). Then the entire periphery is disconnected from the system unit, the side wall is removed, and it is put to one side on the table. The CPU cooler is disconnected from the power supply and is removed from the processor.

Removing the cooler clean it from the remnants of the old thermal paste. if available, use a soft cloth. Some computer owners sanded and polished the surface of the CPU to the cooler tighter to her snugly, but it is better not to do if you are not sure, you can stay without a CPU. You can now apply thermal grease.

Layer of thermal paste must be very thin. so that the distance between the processor pad and the cooler is minimal. An excessively thick layer will not conduct heat well, and the processor will begin to overheat due to insufficient cooling. It is possible to apply thermal paste in various ways. Manufacturers advise to level the thermal paste with a piece of plastic, but with this method, thermal paste can accumulate not on the surface of the processor, but on plastic. Therefore, it is possible to apply thermal paste in a second way, squeezing small portions of thermal paste from the syringe onto the contact surface of the processor. When you install the cooler, the thermal paste will spread evenly. Take care that the thermal paste does not go beyond the boundaries of the contact pad and does not fall on the motherboard.

After making sure of the optimal thickness of the thermal paste layer (this should be done by eye), install the cooler on the processor with the applied thermal paste, carefully fix it (coolers of different manufacturers can have different fastening systems) and connect it to the power supply. Assemble the system unit and the computer can be used again.

Need to apply thermal paste when replacing the CPU or the cooler, dry old thermal paste, buy a new CPU without thermal paste pre-applied or every couple of years for prevention. If you are sure that you will be able to apply thermal paste yourself without causing any harm to your computer, it is better to consult a specialist.

It article is not correct,if you apply THIS way the temperature will only increase!
And yet,thermal paste is used FOR MORE EFFICIENT heat removal

If you want to have a chance to burn the processor with a static discharge, boldly bend your bare, damp hands, rub the processor and you are quite lucky.
Correctly apply without any possible consequences can a high-class specialist and then there are no guarantees, only apply after first reading and experiencing every word in the instructions for this paste, they are all different, thick, liquid and unambiguous answer as to how to apply them, the main rule is to work in rubber gloves to protect against the possibility to damage the processor with a static discharge and distribute it as thinly as possible. Read not the advice of boys who do not understand what is thermal paste and its purpose, and Wikipidia learn everything thoroughly and then you will do everything right correctly IMHO it is better to call a professional.

yes you, "Professional" and Maris, IMHO, all only complicate. So many times I applied paste, and in almost the same way (evenly spreading over the surface with a plastic card), nothing closed, was not struck by static, did not overheat and did not explode. The planet also stayed where it was

yes you, "Professional" and Maris, IMHO, all only complicate. So many times I applied paste, and in almost the same way (evenly spreading over the surface with a plastic card), nothing closed, was not struck by static, did not overheat and did not explode. The planet also stayed where it was