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 Post subject: Thermal Grease in TPs
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:46 am 
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While Lenovo lists its own thermal grease in the Hardware Maintenance Manual, are other thermal greases just as good or better? I think I have a partially used tube of Arctic Silver from the early 2000s in storage. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Thermal Grease in TPs
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:20 am 
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Other materials are fine. I've never seen more than a 1-2 degree difference in the thermal performance of different Thermal Interface Material, at least when new and properly applied. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Thermal Grease in TPs
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:29 am 
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Thanks. How should one properly apply thermal grease? My understanding is that the current preferred method is to place it on the center of the CPU shim, to be expanded by the pressure of the heat sink.


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 Post subject: Re: Thermal Grease in TPs
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:42 am 
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Intel covers that here (as do I, both in my books and videos). On chips with a large heat spreader I usually spread the material out into a thin layer over the entire surface. Scott.


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