Thermal compound or no thermal compound? That is the question.

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  1. spinnaker

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    I am building up a new HTPC. I have always used thermal compound before. I forgot to order as it has always come with the CPU.

    I ordered this CPU.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117449

    The install instructions from Intel do not call for it. Should I order some compound or go without?
     
  2. nsaspook

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    I think the supplied cpu/heat-sink set has a phase-change material applied.
     
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  3. spinnaker

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    You are correct! Looked closer at the heat sink and it is there. Thanks!

    It is actually 3 strips. Any reason why they would apply it that way?
     
  4. nsaspook

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    It gets thinner as it heats and spreads so smaller pads are spaced across the heat sink usually.

    https://www.chomerics.com/techinfo/TestReports/t725_application_notes.pdf
     
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  5. Dr.killjoy

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    Most times I remove the stock compound and replace with Artic Silver 5 for the best cooling performance..
    Also cover the cpu with a really thin layer of thermal compound...
     
  6. spinnaker

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    It is moot. System board is bad. Four quick beeps. Asrock's site says timer failure.
     
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