Thermal Pads ?

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Anyone know HOW you use these?

Instructions with them don't make any sense and I am concerned about
frying the processor if I don't keep it cool enough.

Re: Thermal Pads ?

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TBH if you're too stupid to work out that all you do is cut it to the
size you need, peel it off the backing, apply to the heatsink, peel the
other protective plastic off the other side then attach the heatsink to
the processor, then you're too fucking stupid to have your hands inside
a PC case in the first place.

Jesus H Christ, how do people like you ever learn to tie your own
shoelaces? I seriously hope you still live with your parents 'cos
you'll starve if you don't as can openers don't tend to have
instructions or do you just bash them against a rock until they split?


Same shit, different day.

Re: Thermal Pads ?

On Fri, 10 Mar 2006 21:30:43 -0500, Dave

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I am not familiar with that particular product and the
picture isn't very good on CUSA's site but in general you
simply peel off one side of the backing material, after
having cut it to the right size, and apply to the top of the
CPU, making sure it's perfectly flat w/o air bubbles.

Next peel off the other side of the backing and you should
be done, install the heatsink.  IMO, you'd be better off
using good quality synthetic based thermal compound (grease)
instead of a self-applied thermal material like that,
especially when it's thermal conductivity is unknown as is
it's lifespan.

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Agree with kony
Compound is better than thermal pads any day... if you look
at the
heatsink under a microscope you'll see a un even surface although
appearing flat to touch and to the naked eye.

A thermal pad usually cloth woven
and impregnated with a metal compund
will just lay flat on the surface, compound
will smear like butter and
fill the un even patches, this is the reason for
using them in the
first place, to reduce the thermal resistance between the sink
the chip.

To help to explain, imagine using a peice of plastic between the
heatsink and the chip you'll have a high thermal resistance with the
heat unable
to pass and as you expect the chip is not gonna' last.

Never ever be tempted to
use a thermal pad twice or rely on the old
compound, once you remove the
heatsink, ensure a new one is used, or
new compound is used, ensuring in both
cases the surfices a spotless
and grease free.

There are many types of thermal
compund, the white stuff I use on TV's
are useless for CPU use - use the proper
stuff Arctic Silver is an

Do not be tempted to use pad and compound
together, the idea is to
fill all the un-even surfaces of the mounting area so
the there is
the minimum of thermal resistance, or maximum coupling if you will.

Thermal pads I feel are not as good,  if you looked at an heatsink
under a
microscope you'll see why, you only need a smear on one
surface where centre of
the chip makes contact, don't be tempted to
'pile it on'.  

have a peep at-:


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Agree with Kony and Davy, There are good thermal interface compounds
out there that are good for long term use.
Go to <alt.comp.hardware.amd.x86-64> to see how I replied about the new
stuff that's out called Arcti CERAMIQUE.
I replied to "Can't get heatsink off my CPU" by Ed Light - Mar 7 -
(you'll find it as one of the last replies by Gold Fingers
at the bottom of the page. Wait, hold on, I'll paste it here for you,
be right back.
<I'll post one last time on this subject. When you buy a CPU w/
& fan included, the manufacturer will sometimes/usually have a thermal
pad already put onto the base of the heat sink. Thermal pads do an
alright conductivity for long term use. Most thermal interface
compounds will work good for shorter term usage. Although there are
some very good thermal interface compounds out there which will not
run, so are very good for long term useage. As I stated in an earlier
post, thermal pads have a tendency to adhere, that is why they are good

for long term usage. And, there are some thermal interface compounds
out there that also have a tendency to adhere. You see alot of talk
about Arcti Silver Thermal Interface Compound which has very good heat
transfer qualities because of the conductive metals in the compound.
Arcti Silver is a good choice if you know how not to over apply the
compound (meaning not too much applied). Apply too much Arcti Silver
and when it gets very hot, it could run (possible to run into the CPU
pins), resulting in shorting out the CPU (conductive metal compounds).
I recently started using the new stuff out, Arcti CERAMIQUE (no
conductive metals in the compound). Using CERAMIQUE, Uguru usually
shows an average of about 95 degrees faranheit around the core, and
shows an average of about 90 degrees faranheit during inactive periods.

The highest I ever saw the area get up to around my CPU was about 104
degrees faranheit. The compound is about 1 1/2 month old. Will be
interesting to find out how long it will hold-up. I remember a comment
in a review from somewhere (don't remember where) stating that you
could probably rub CERAMIQUE all over the mainboard without shorting
anything out. The instructions for applying CERAMIQUE show to apply it
to the heatsink (then wipe it all off, which makes sence), then only
apply it to the center area of the CPU plate (over where the core is
under the plate). I decided to rub a very thin layer over the entire
plate, then rub from the edges toward the center to leave only a very
thin layer closer to the edges of the plate, then put another very
small drop at the center and rub a little heavier circular layer over
the core. My way made a little more sense to myself rather than not
putting any near the edge of the plate as the instructions had shown.
The installation instructions can be Adobe Downloaded from Arcti Web
Good Luck with your new CPU!

Re: Thermal Pads ?

On Fri, 10 Mar 2006 21:30:43 -0500, Dave

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Thermal tape is great for those chips that don't have the facility for
a heatsink. The too-hot-to-touch chips in my poorly ventilated ADSL
modem and DVD player are prime examples.

- Franc Zabkar
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