How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

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To make this kind of thermal paste you need 4 teaspoons full of a mint or cool fluoride tooth paste, it may not possess grits in it. Then you have to mix that 4 teaspoons full of tooth paste in 1 teaspoons full of Vaseline (it should petroleum jelly not some other product of Vaseline brand).

Can we make DIY thermal paste?

Another solution to use as thermal paste can be obtained by mixing very fine aluminum powder with vaseline oil. The mixture must be blended for at least 10 minutes, in order to avoid the presence of little air bubbles.

What can I use if I don’t have thermal paste?

The best solutions turned out to be hair wax and toothpaste, which exhibited a relatively low temperature without completely drying out and cracking. If you’re impatient or under a tight deadline and need to squeeze in a few hours of extra work, consider toothpaste or hair wax when nothing else is available.

What is the best material for thermal paste?

Best Premium Often hanging close to, but not overtaking, liquid metal compounds in our tests, PromilaTech PK-3 Nano Aluminum paste is a moderately viscous thermal compound integrated with aluminum and zinc oxide. The paste provides good stability, making it easy to apply to all surfaces as well as simple to clean up.

Can we use toothpaste instead of thermal paste?

It might be better than nothing, but unless toothpaste has unsuspected thermal conductivity, I’d say it’s a bad idea. You also have to consider what the ingredients of the toothpaste might do in contact with your CPU.

Can you run a CPU without thermal paste?

Actually, no you dont need thermal paste, its helps yes but aslong as the HSF is doing its job and makes sure the CPU doesnt over heat then its fine. Plus the Thermal Paste doesn’t conduct heat very well, but its better than the air gaps.

Is it OK not to put thermal paste on processor?

So, What Happens If You Don’t Use Thermal Paste? Not applying a thermal face between heat sink and CPU can cause the device to overheat, leading to eventual failure.

How long can you run a CPU without a heatsink?

you can run the CPU for about 20 seconds, before it gets to around 60-70 degrees. this is plenty of time to see if the computer POSTs correctly.

Is toothpaste electrically conductive?

In addition to testing liquid metal compounds and thermally conductive adhesives, each paste is discussed on its own merits before we chart out the results of four usage cases. Toothpaste Electrically Conductive Slightly (depending on composition) Viscosity 2 (1-10, lower numbers mean easier to use).

Is Arctic Silver 5 still the best?

The Arctic Silver 5 AS5 is a good choice for people who are looking to apply paste to multiple CPUs. It’s designed to last 8 years, which means your CPU will probably be outdated before your paste needs to be changed.

What do you use for thermal paste?

Toothpaste is also an excellent substitute for thermal paste.Here are some products that can be accessed, alone or through a mixture: American cheese; Yellow cheese; Hair wax; Moisturizing cream; Butter; Banana; Card; Adhesive for dental prostheses;.

Does it matter what thermal paste you use?

What you need to know before installing a new CPU cooler. Let’s say your computer has been running unusually hot after a few years—or you’re building a custom machine and plan to overclock it regularly. In either case, you’ll want to think about replacing your computer’s thermal paste.

Is it OK to touch thermal paste?

Not best, but you should be OK. Paste spreads out under heat and pressure. Not to worry. The cpu will monitor temperatures and will slow down or shut off if it detects a dangerous level.

Is dry thermal paste bad?

The paste transfers heat much better than air does, but it’s still not nearly as good as metal. When it dries, it can be crumbly (leaving air pockets), so the gaps aren’t filled as well. A smooth creamy paste fills gaps much better than a dry crumbly one.

Does thermal paste affect performance?

Getting the wrong kind of paste will not only increase the PC temperature but it may also worsen its performance. Adequately applying the right thermal gel will keep the CPU/GPU cool without overclocking or overheating.

What happens if CPU heatsink is removed?

When you remove the heatsink you break that seal and create gaps in the compound. As the compound is no longer malleable it cannot reflow into gaps when you refit the heatsink and can easily end up with air bubbles and poor contact between the CPU and heatsink.

What happens if you don’t use a CPU cooler?

Computers usually have built-in safe guards to shut down or slow down the CPU when it gets too hot to prevent it from breaking. The CPU will break if the computer is continually used with a dead CPU cooler fan.

Is a CPU heatsink necessary?

The short answer is: yes, definitely! Computers always need a properly-working and seated heatsink to work efficiently. If you removed the heatsink from a computer and booted it, you’ll probably see it work from few seconds to a minute before the computer shuts itself off.

Is toothpaste good conductor of heat?

It might be better than nothing, but unless toothpaste has unsuspected thermal conductivity, I’d say it’s a bad idea. Water is excellent at transferring heat, but the toothpaste will dry up in a week or so.

Can any thermal paste be used on PS4?

So, these are the three thermal pastes we recommend for PS4. In fact, just any good thermal paste will do the job perfectly, and you don’t need to get confused about that at all.

Can you use Arctic Silver 5 on a GPU?

The dot method works fine on direct die GPU’s tho. No need to spread it. MX4, Prolimatech PK-3, Noctua NT-H1, Kryonaut, all good non conductive pastes you could use.

How long does arctic silver last in the tube?

A lot of people have a rule of thumb of three years, but there are plenty of thermal compounds that will last over five, as long as it is properly stored. Arctic Silver 5 is an oldy but goody. Cure time aside, it is also capacitive, so don’t spill any of it onto any circuitry.

Buying, Cooking, and Recipes

How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

Kimchi, a staple of Korean households for generations, has gained superstar status in the kitchen, and it’s easy to see why. With a complex flavor and a variety of uses, kimchi’s appeal is broad and deep. Made from vegetables, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce, it hits a range of flavors—sweet, sour, and spicy—and works as a condiment, an ingredient, a dip, and a side dish all on its own.

Fast Facts

Flavor profile: sour, spicy and/or sweet

Nutritional information: fermented food, contains probiotics

What Is Kimchi?

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish whose components can vary but usually include some combination of vegetables, garlic, ginger, chili peppers, salt, and fish sauce. The mix is pickled and fermented, which was originally a way to preserve the vegetables for the winter months. Cabbage is the most common vegetable used to make kimchi although carrots, radish, cucumber, and scallions are also frequently used, too. There are hundreds of kimchi recipes that vary depending on the region and season in which they are produced, and it’s very easy to make it a vegan dish by keeping all the ingredients plant-based.

Kimchi is available commercially and isn’t expensive, but it can be fun to put together your own based on preferences. It can take a little bit of time to prepare the vegetables, but like other fermented foods (e.g., bread, beer, and kombucha), it’s mostly a hands-off experience. It will develop its flavors and its nutritional profile during that process. Kimchi keeps for a while, making it an economical, versatile, and easy-to-prepare food item to have in the fridge.

Kimchi Uses

In Korean culture, kimchi is served with almost every meal, including breakfast. Not only is kimchi eaten by itself as a side dish or appetizer but it is also used as an ingredient in a variety of dishes. Kimchi jjigae, a traditional stew made with kimchi, is perhaps one of its most popular uses. The fermented food is also used to flavor fried rice, stir-fry dishes, noodles, sandwiches, and even pizza.

What Does It Taste Like?

Kimchi’s flavor is complex and varies widely depending on the recipe. The main flavor notes you’ll find in kimchi include sour, spicy, and umami. The flavor will also vary depending on the vegetables you choose, the length of fermentation, and the amount of salt or sugar used.

Because kimchi is a fermented dish, its most prominent flavor is typically sour. Lactic acid produced by bacteria during fermentation creates a tangy, pungent flavor similar to that of sauerkraut. The garlic, if present in kimchi, intensifies in taste during fermentation. Kimchi can also be spicy, depending on how much pepper is used and what kind, and may have ingredients such as fish paste, fish sauce, or anchovies; anything fish oriented will give it a strong umami note. Kimchi made without fish will have a lighter, fresher taste, especially if it’s made with radishes or cucumbers.


The possibilities are pretty limitless since kimchi lends itself very easily to innovation. It offers a great textural and flavor counterpoint to an ingredient such as tofu, which is a culinary blank slate that takes on the flavors of whatever you cook with it. You can even pickle eggs in kimchi, turn it into a savory pancake for an appetizer or light lunch, or douse it with some sriracha for heat. It’s so utilitarian, it’ll take nearly any culinary task you put it up to. If you want to make it vegetarian, just leave off the fish-related ingredients, or search for recipes without them.

  • Kimchi Fried Rice
  • Korean Kimchi Pancakes
  • Scallion Kimchi

Where to Buy Kimchi

Kimchi’s popularity has been steadily increasing around the world and it can now be found in many grocery stores. Kimchi is usually sold in the refrigerated produce section or near refrigerated pickles and sauerkraut. Kimchi can also be purchased at Asian markets, restaurants, and sushi bars. Many restaurants make their own kimchi and will sometimes sell it on the side.

Making kimchi at home is easy, requires only a few ingredients and just a few days to ferment.


Kimchi will keep well in the fridge for several months. It will still be safe to eat after that point, but the flavor will intensify and become more pungent, and the veggies may lose some of their crispness.

by Steve Porter August 17, 2016

How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

PS4 Thermal Paste

We hear this one all the time. things like “My PS4 won’t turn on, is it from bad thermal paste?” or “Will old thermal paste cause my console to not show a picture on the TV?”. These are just a few examples of things we have heard. Now please keep in mind that I’m not putting anyone down or making fun of them for asking the question. I highly encourage people to ask questions until they are comfortable with the answers. Unfortunately, we live in a world where anyone with a camera and internet connection can make a video, blog post, or website about whatever they want. and, even more unfortunate, many people believe them. I want to take some time here to talk a bit about thermal paste and clear up some of the myths floating around.

How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

What do we know?

First of all, please know that I do not pretend to be an expert on the science of thermal paste. I don’t make it or study it and I don’t even know that much about the paste itself. I do, however, know what it’s for and what needs to be done to make it work correctly. I’m coming from the angle of an experienced repair person. We’ve repaired hundreds of PS4’s and Xbox One game consoles and in most of those repairs we’ve removed the old thermal paste and applied new paste when reassembling the device. Everything written here (and on most of our website) comes from our experience.

What is Thermal Paste there for anyway?

Thermal paste really has one job. It’s there to transfer heat from the APU to the heatsink. The main chips in computers, game consoles, etc. generate heat. lots of heat. If they were not cooled they would simply burn themselves up. It’s like the coolant (anti-freeze) in a car. It’s just there to transfer heat.

If the PS4 thermal paste was bad (and it does happen) then it would not be able to transfer heat correctly and the device would likely turn the fan all the way on and eventually most devices would just shut themselves down. Most computers and game consoles these days have a safety that will cause them to shut down in the event of overheating.

What problems can it cause?

Thermal paste really only causes one problem in the game console world and that is overheating. Even this is a rare event though. Sometimes it can dry out so much that it actually can’t transfer heat anymore. Keep in mind while thinking about this that manufacturers probably do not usually put the best or most efficient paste in their devices. They likely just put in the kind that will keep their machines “cool enough”. This means that you can usually upgrade the thermal paste to help your game console run cooler. This is especially helpful for custom built computers that generate a lot of heat.

What problems does thermal paste not cause?

Other than overheating, you can bet that your problem is NOT caused by the thermal paste. There are a lot of people out there who claim that it causes all sorts of problems, but it doesn’t. Out of the hundreds of consoles and computers that we have fixed exactly 0 have been fixed by replacing the thermal paste. Here is a list of things that are definitely NOT caused by thermal paste:

  • PS4 blue light of death
  • Xbox One not starting
  • Wii U flashing blue light
  • PS4 turns on then back off
  • No display on the TV
  • No power
  • HDMI port problems
  • Anything else other than overheating

What’s Causing My PS4 to Overheat Then?

Thermal paste alone is very, very rarely (if ever) the cause of overheating on a PS4 (or Xbox One for that matter). Most overheating problems are caused by dirt and debris built up on the heat sink. With the heat sink plugged there is no way for the fan to push the air through it to help it remove the heat. The other really common cause is a faulty fan. Many, many people blame their overheating game console on the thermal paste when that’s not the actual cause of it.


Just because you heard it from someone you think should know, or a Youtube video, or a blog, etc. does not mean that it’s true. It sounds like a great answer to your problem and an easy fix (which is probably why a lot of people believe it) but it’s much cheaper and faster in the long run to figure out what the real problem is and fix that!

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macrumors newbie
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  • I’m upgrading a Mac Pro 4,1 from 4 core to 6 core. It seems straightforward enough EXCEPT for how to apply the thermal paste to the CPU. Some say a pea sized blob in the middle, others say a diagonal line, and others say apply a thin coat to the entire surface. Any suggestions as to the optimum method?

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  • macrumors 6502a
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  • I’m upgrading a Mac Pro 4,1 from 4 core to 6 core. It seems straightforward enough EXCEPT for how to apply the thermal paste to the CPU. Some say a pea sized blob in the middle, others say a diagonal line, and others say apply a thin coat to the entire surface. Any suggestions as to the optimum method?

    Thermal paste is designed to fill in any gaps between the two metal surfaces (CPU and heatsink). You want the most direct coupling as possible, using the least paste that will fill any gaps, since the heat conduction of the paste is very likely less than the metal it is in contact with.

    There are plenty of wrong ways to do it and several ways that are fine. The “pea size blob” approach should be fine, but I personally don’t favor it because it does little to insure that a completely even coat is the end result, and one may wind up with excess spilled out the sides. Assuming that the surfaces are both very flat, I prefer to spread a thin coat myself, e.g. using a card or piece of paper under your finger. If not flat, then I might go with the blob approach after all (but a little bigger blob), since spreading it yourself may miss some larger gaps.

    Edit: I agree that No. 2 has too much paste slathered on. Thinner than that.


    macrumors P6
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  • AFAIK, most of those method generate more or less the same result, the temperature difference usually just 1-2 degree C, well within normal error. So, I will say it doesn’t really matter. In fact, if you use AS5, their website has recommendation to use which method for a particular CPU model. Or if you go for the Mac Pro’s technician manual, there is also a recommended method. Interestingly, none of your 6 pictures including those recommendations from AS5 or Apple.

    I personally go for the Apple method (like a stop sign, but turn 90 degree), and put the heatsink on. After that I will remove the heatsink straight away to check if the paste is enough to cover the whole surface. If not, apply a little more on the dry area, then install the heatsink (if obviously too much, remove some paste). I know some people may say that’s the worst I can do, because I make lots of bubbles inside the paste etc. But from my real world experience, it works very well. What I found is that the paste amount is the most important factor, but not the application method. May be AS5 is not that sensitive to application method. As long as I use this method to ensure the thermal paste just able to cover the entire surface, I always have good result (that’s including my cMP, graphic card, PS4. )

    keep in mind that Thermal grease is a topic of much more unscientifically sentimental discussions than religion, sex and vegetarianism (not that there is anything wrong with any of those)


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    What makes a good Thermal grease?

    • high heat conductivity / low thermal resistance
    • non electrical conductive
    • non capacitance
    • long lasting

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    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    If you’re hearing a strange noise from your PS4 and thinking that it’s going to take off then you’re not alone. Many PS4 owners face this loud fan problem with their console and this terrible sound is just unbearable.

    But, is there anything you can do to make this loud noise to go away? Yes, there are many ways to fix this problem and make your PS4 much quieter. Read on and you’ll find the best fixes for your loud PS4 fan.

    Loud Ps4 Fan Best Noise Fixes 2022

    1. Canned Air (Best Solution)
    2. Cleaning Jelly
    3. Manually Cleaning your PS4 (Taking Apart the whole thing)
    4. Applying Thermal Paste
    5. Replacing the Fan

    Why Is My PS4 So Loud?

    In case if you’re wondering why your PS4 fan is making a strange noise, the most common problem is that you haven’t cleaned your PS4 in a while.

    The most common cause of this issue is that there’s a lot of dust inside the Playstation and it needs to be cleaned.

    The dust particles inside your Playstation can block the airflow inside the machine which causes many problems including overheating and loud fan noise.

    Broken Fan

    Suspect number two is definitely a broken fan. If you’re used to gently slap your PS4 after every lost game then there’s a chance that you have a broken wing which is causing this horrible sound.

    However, it’s not very common. If you’ve recently dropped your PS4 on the hard floor then it is also a possibility that a broken fan is making the loud and very annoying noise. Read also: how to quiet laptop fan loud noise and best quietest aio cooler 2022


    If you’re gaming for long hours on your PS4 then there’s a chance that the extensive gaming is causing the console to overheat.

    When you keep playing games on your console for more than just a few hours then the PS4 really starts to heat up and the fan starts to run at its full speed causing the loud noise.

    The most common cause of this problem is that your thermal paste is not working effectively or you’re playing games on very high or ultra settings.

    In this case, all you will have to do is lower the graphics of the game and you’re good to go.

    Defective Hard disk

    Sometimes the workload on Hardisk can cause loud noise from PS4. If you think that the noise is coming out of hard disk then it is an indication that hard disk is failing.

    Another indication of failing hard disk is that games will take forever to load. Hopefully, we will not have to deal with this type of problem in the future because Sony has finally decided to add an SSD in their next-gen console.

    Ventilation Problems

    If your PS4 is placed against a wall which is minimizing the airflow can also cause your PS4 to heat up which results in loud fan noise.

    Make sure to keep your PS4 in a place where there is no obstruction in front of the cooling vents.

    There is a simple fix for this problem. All you will have to do is place your Playstation vertically and make sure that all the vents are open.

    How To Make PS4 Loud Fan Quieter

    There are many ways that can help you make your PS4 loud fan quieter. Some require you to take apart the whole PlayStation while other options can be used without disassembling your PS4.

    1. Canned Air

    Best Fix

    The most common cause of a loud fan is that there’s a lot of dust sitting inside your console.

    The dust inside can make your fan to go crazy and make weird sounds.

    To clean this dust, the best way is to use Canned air/Compressed air.

    You can use the Canned air to easily get the dust-out and clean the whole thing without taking apart your PS4.

    There is a precaution that you need to take before using this option. The first thing that you will have to keep in mind is that make sure to blow the air into the vents from a small distance.

    Blowing the air directly into the vents can break your fan and also cause some significant damage to your Playstation internals.

    Another thing that you will have to keep in mind is to never use a vacuum cleaner . It can literally break your PS4 from the inside and completely destroy the whole thing.

    Also, don’t use a leaf blower to clean your PS4. It can also do some significant damage to your console. We recommend the highly-rated Falcon Dust-Off Electronics Compressed Gas Duster.

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    3. Do you have to re-apply thermal paste to a CPU if you’re just changing MOBOs?

    If I’m using the same heatsink with pre-applied thermal paste will I still have to do it?

    And also, if I will have to, how do you figure out that you’ve applied it properly in terms of temps?
    Thanks in advance.

    yes, clean the heatsink and cpu with some pure alcohol or acetone and apply new thermal paste.
    Use a lint free cloth, coffee filters work too and you should avoid using toilet paper.

    You need to apply a pea sized drop of paste in the center of the cpu and then let the pressure of the heat sink spread it for you and it should be a good amount.

    Record your temperatures you get now with something like Core Temp vs after the change and you’ll have a good indication if you applied it right.
    You want to record your temperatures in idle and full load using prime95

    People who say “pea sized drop” have obviously never seen a pea. That’s way too much.

    Do “that sized drop” if your Heatsink is circular, if it’s a square do an X with each line being 1/3 the diagonal length of the CPU.

    Someone here linked a comprehensive thermal paste application comparison of like 12 application techniques. Double lines and the X had the best coverage with square or rectangular heatsinks, with the fewest air bubbles. The X also happens to be the easiest to describe.

    X was also what the tech at my local PC part store recommended.

    The “drop” is for circular heatsinks, but a literal pea size drop is too much. Use that picture as a comparison.

    You almost never have to reapply Thermal Paste.

    You almost always have to read the thread before you reply, though. TC is asking if he needs to reapply thermal paste when changing to a new mobo, which involves removing the heatsink and CPU from his old mobo and putting them on the new mobo. So yes, he does have to reapply thermal paste.

    Read the thread before you post.

    You almost never have to reapply Thermal Paste.

    You almost always have to read the thread before you reply, though. TC is asking if he needs to reapply thermal paste when changing to a new mobo, which involves removing the heatsink and CPU from his old mobo and putting them on the new mobo. So yes, he does have to reapply thermal paste.

    Read the thread before you post.

    No he does not.
    I have replaced my motherboard plenty of times while keeping the same CPU+HSF. You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

    Here’s what you want to ask yourself: Is it hard to apply thermal paste? Is it expensive to apply thermal paste? If you think the answer is yes to those questions then maybe you want to avoid removing it. If you think the answer is no, then you might as well do it.

    I don’t care if Judgmenl up there got his working without replacing it. I personally wouldn’t want to take the chance of something going wrong and since it’s EASY to replace the paste and I nearly always have some lying around to replace it with, it’s NO BIG DEAL to do it. I wouldn’t even waste my time asking about it. As for how much to use, I always went with the “half a grain of rice” size.

    That would be closer to the dot size shown earlier (with a little extra).





    That’s incorrect. Bad thermal paste is worse than no thermal paste. The vast majority of the heat transfer from the CPU to the heatsink is via metal-on-metal contact. With no thermal paste, the metal-on-metal contact is still there, you just have a lot of air gaps with poor thermal conductivity.

    A bad paste job (too much paste) gets rid of the air gaps, but it also gets rid of the metal-on-metal contact. So a bad paste job can do a lot more harm than it does good.

    Your CPU will run hotter without paste than with, but it will still run.


    All modern CPUs are designed to throttle themselves if they sense they’re overheating, to prevent damage. In fact a video demonstrating this very thing was one of the things which first made Tom’s Hardware famous on the Internet. (The video was made back when Intel first introduced this thermal protection throttling, and compared to AMD CPUs which didn’t have it.)

    Don’t fret about which paste to buy – all are nearly equally effective. The slight difference between the expensive brands isn’t worth the extra price unless you’re a builder who insists on having the absolute best. Just be sure to apply it properly – put a very small dollap (about a half-pea size), then squish it down and around until you fee the heatsink’s surface grinding on the CPU’s surface. That’s when you know you have metal-on-metal contact. Then strap the whole thing down (the compression is necessary to slightly deform the tips of the metal ridges and increase metal-on-metal contact).

    Have you ever sat down to play to have a gaming session and wondered why my PS4 is making so much noise? It feels like a plane getting ready to take off in your room. And you are feeling very annoyed.

    So you ask yourself, “Why is my PS4 fan so loud? and how can you make it quiet? You’ll get the answer here in this article, and you’ll be comforted to know that you can quieten down your loud PS4 fan. Read on, and we will share some simple techniques to make your PS4 noises disappear making the PS4 whisper quiet.

    Please remember that the PS4 is not built to be silent and can sometimes struggle with the graphics and when using it with a 4k game.

    1. Why is My PS4 so Noisy?
    2. How do I Stop My PS4 from Being so Loud?
    3. How to Fix the PS4 Cooling
    4. Opening your PS4 Console

    Why is My PS4 so Noisy?

    There are three main reasons why your Ps4 is so loud. The problem could either be the cooling fan, the hard disk drive or a broken part vibrating.

    Noisy Cooling Fans

    One of the most common causes of a noisy Playstation is the cooling fans. Sony has designed the fans to eliminate the heat produced by the gaming console and cool the motherboard.

    The fans are sucking in air and dust from the room through the vent and using it to cool inside the PS4. Unfortunately, the fan can become dusty, loose, or weak, resulting in some unbearable loud noises and gaming machine nuisances.

    Noisy Hard Drive

    The hard disk drive of the gaming console could also be the cause of the noise. Generally, hard drives will make low-pitched whirring or whining noises when they’re booting up or accessing/storing data to the drive.

    If this starts to get louder and more aggressive, it could be an early warning sign of a failing hard disk drive.

    Broken PS4

    Over time, the PS4 will accumulate dust particles, lint, and even pet hair. The accumulation of these materials will block different parts of your PS4, making them malfunction.

    Any parts of your PS4 which have broken might become loose with time. Components may also wear out after a long period of use and increase vibrations and noises you will get from your PS4.

    How do I Stop My PS4 from Being so Loud?

    Now that we have discussed the possible causes of the noise that your PS4 is making, we first need to identify the origin of the problem.

    Each of these problems requires a different solution.

    Identify the Source of the Noise

    The first step to fixing the noise issues with your PS4 is identifying the exact cause before applying any solution. Identification ensures you are using the correct solution and not wasting your time.

    First, inspect the PlayStation closely for damage and start by listening to the nature of the noise you hear from your PS4. Finding out where the noise is coming from will help identify the source.

    With the PS4 and unplugged. If you gently turn it upside down and back again, do you hear any rattling noises from inside of your PS4? Chances are there are some loose parts.

    Turning the Playstation back on, can you hear the hard disk spinning up? Is it a low-pitched noise or the same loud whining noise you could listen to before?

    If the noise is coming through the vent from the fans, have you ever noticed the PS4 shutting down due to overheating? The problem is the fan not cooling your PS4 as there is not sufficient airflow.

    How to Fix the PS4 Cooling

    To work correctly your PS4 fan needs airflow.

    Place your PS4 so the Fan is in a Ventilated Area

    If your PS4 console is overheating, the fan will start and spin faster than usual to cool the internal components. A quicker spinning fan will sound louder.

    If there is something on or around your PS4 console, move them away. Then wait for a while to see if your console cools down and gets quieter.

    It is vital you leave enough space around the back and sides of your PS4 to allow for airflow to the vents and stop poor ventilation.

    It is common with limited space to place our PS4 console horizontally. Try putting it in a vertical position, as it could eliminate some heat and noise from your console. It’s worth giving it a shot to see if your PS4 can be cooler and quieter.

    Ensure the PS4 Fan is Cooling the Inside

    Another cause of your PS4 console overheating is the flow of air inside the box. If there is a dust accumulation blocking the path of air, then the box is not being ventilated internally.

    If dust or debris is clogging up the fan’s blades, the motor will have to work harder to spin them and make more noise, trying to turn them faster.

    It could also be the heat sink fins are clogged with dust, hair, dirt, sawdust, whatever. It clogs up between the fan and the heat sink where the air has to go.

    The easiest and quickest way to clean out your PS4 is to take a can of compressed air and spray it through all the inputs and vents and say goodbye to dust.

    Note: Never use a vacuum to clean your PS4, as it will cause damage to the components of your PS4.

    Changing the Room Temperature

    The temperature of the air in your room can affect the PS4 overheating. The fan is sucking in the air from the room. If the PS4 vent for the fan is near a heat source, try moving your PS4 to a cooler place.

    Opening your PS4 Console

    We know that a dirty PS4 fan would make the console have louder noises, and if a can of compressed air doesn’t work, it could be time to open your PS4 console to do a deep clean from dust buildup.

    A common issue we have seen with a lot of Playstation PS4’s is the quality of the thermal paste around the processor is only on the sides and squished with a minimal amount on the heat sink.

    So now may be the time to kill two birds with one stone.


    If you proceed with this step, you will lose your PS4 warranty. Therefore, if your PS4 is new or just within the 1-year warranty, send it to Sony or a certified dealership.

    Open your Ps4 and Clean it Out

    We know that a dirty PS4 fan would make it loud, and if a can of compressed air doesn’t work, it could be time to open your PS4 console to do a deep clean.

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    Thanks to its remarkable thermal performance, liquid metal TIM is a favorite among high end desktop PC builders who aren’t turned away by the somewhat daunting application process. But Overclocked Inside points out that liquid metal TIM can give laptops a huge boost as well, as their CPUs and GPUs are strongly limited by their relatively meager heatsinks and low-cost TIM. The site posted a tutorial for applying Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut to laptop CPUs and GPUs, and reportedly observed a performance jump of around 17% after applying the compound to a Dell XPS 17 notebook.

    Before the application with liquid metal, the CPU reached the maximum core temperature of 100C under load after less than 1 minute on turbo clock and then only clocked at 2.2GHz and kept this clock just below the temperature limit. By default, the laptop is configured by the manufacturer for 45W continuous load and 65W short-term peak load. With these performance values, the CPU, as already mentioned, ran so hot after a few seconds that the thermal protection function had to reduce the clock frequency to the standard clock. After using the liquid metal, the full all-core turbo clock rate of 2.8GHz could now be maintained after any number of runs of the benchmark without a break in between. With a Long Term Power Target of 52W. The Short Term Power Target has also been adjusted to 52W. As a result, we now received 478 points in the Cinebench R15, which corresponds to a performance increase of more than 17% and an equally reduced computing time.

    Whether you’re into gaming or you’re handling a massive amount of data to be analyzed through your computer, you might find yourself worried that your microprocessor might overheat if you’re using it most of the time. You might hear some people using thermal paste to solve this problem. If you’re not familiar with it, this article will provide you with the information you need to know:

    What is thermal paste?

    Thermal paste or thermal grease is a substance usually applied in between the heat sink and the processor of your CPU.

    If you’re new to the idea of using thermal paste for your computer to enhance your work or your gaming pleasure, here are some things you should consider:

    Thermal pastes have different packaging. The usual and most common is the syringe type because you can easily control the volume of paste you put in. If it will be your first time to use one, it’s recommended to get the syringe type since it’s less messy compared to other types.

    Other packaging available are similar to toothpaste tubes and polish jars with a brush. These types are quite tricky because if you’re not careful, you might end up applying too much. Moreover, the application might be difficult since you have to spread the paste evenly. If not, there will still be air space, rendering it ineffective.

    Not all thermal pastes are manufactured the same. There are different types of thermal pastes, and they vary based on the compound it is made of. Here are some types of thermal pastes that you will encounter in the market:

    1. Metal – Since it’s made of metal, metal thermal pastes are very efficient in conducting heat. However, because of the nature of the material, it is also capacitive, which means it also capable of conducting electricity and retaining a charge. Highly capacitive thermal pastes, when not appropriately applied, can come into close contact with the metal parts of your microprocessor.
    1. Ceramic – This is the most common compound used in thermal pastes. It doesn’t have any metal particles in the matrix; therefore, you won’t be worrying that it will be retaining a charge that can harm your processor. There are two advantages of using ceramic thermal plates. First, it’s cheaper compared to other types of thermal plates. And second, it’s probably the safest choice that’s why this type is more recommended compared to others. However, it’s not as efficient as the metal thermal paste in regulating the temperature.
    1. Silicon – This type of thermal paste is used in thermal adhesives or tapes that you can readily place in between the microprocessor and the heat sink. You don’t have to worry about not applying the paste evenly. The downside, however, is that it is said to be less effective compared to other types.
    1. Carbon-based – Many would say that this type of thermal paste is the best one in the market today. It doesn’t conduct electricity and, at the same time, it functions similarly as the metal type in terms of efficiency when reducing heat.

    What does thermal paste do?

    The heat sink is attached to the microprocessor to regulate its temperature and prevent it from overheating. The heat sink has a coolant, in the form of either air or liquid, where the heat will be distributed away from the device.

    On the other hand, your microprocessor is the core brain of your computer and therefore is the most active component of your entire CPU. It tends to heat up when you use it for a long time.

    You might think that the heat sink has the full capacity to regulate the temperature of your microprocessor. However, the presence of air space between the microprocessor and the heat sink reduces the efficiency of heat transfer to the heat sink since air is a poor conductor of heat. The presence of air particles in between also increases the entropy, therefore disrupting the flow of heat in between the two components.

    The thermal paste fills up this space. It is a highly conductive substance that facilitates optimum heat transfer. Usually, the paste is made up of a polymerized matrix that is made of compounds that conduct heat and insulate electricity. The effectiveness of the thermal paste depends on the component it is made of.

    Final Thoughts

    Using thermal paste is a good strategy not just to prevent your processor from overheating, but also to make your cooling system, like the heat sink, become more efficient. When choosing a thermal paste, you have to take into consideration the packaging and type of paste you’ll be using. If it’s your first time to use thermal paste, it’s best to stick with the syringe packaging and a silicon-based thermal paste.

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    3. Ps4 fan still loud after changing Thermal Paste

    Hello, my Ps4 seems to get very loud when playing any type of game. It’s been very frustrating because I don’t sit too far away from the ps4 and I can hear it loud and clear. It’s louder than my PC. It also runs very hot and there is enough space for it to “breathe.”

    I’ve read threads about the ps4 fan speeds and some vary. I decided to take mine apart and change the thermal paste. I added Arctic Silver 5. Just used the “pea method” where you put a dot in the center. It’s been 3 weeks and it still runs very hot and loud. Anyone else try and change their thermal paste. Debating if I should reply and this time put more than before. Any replies will help. Thanks.

    What you did is a stupid thing.

    And did you just say there’s not enough room for it to breath? Because if so, take it the f*** out of that entertainment center. I don’t even know why people still use those things. They just kill consoles.

    EDIT: I misread. Anyway still, you did a stupid thing by taking it apart.

    lol i thought tc might be trolling but i guess not.

    mine can be kinda loud too, works fine though.

    kids, please stop taking advice from internet “communities”. To take apart your PS4 and change the thermal paste was an ignorant thing to do. smh

    This, seriously. Especially in the case of $400 merchandise. Don’t think everyone here knows what they’re talking about. The sheer amount of people who think they’re video game business/marketing/development experts just because they play video games should be a testament to that.

    Now that you’ve already taken it apart TC, I’m pretty sure your warranty is now void. At this point, I guess you might as well just do what you want.

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  • While individually many people have been posting tales of their PS4 and PS4 Pro modifications, I figured it was time to have a thread exclusively for that.

    The main reason I began modifying my Pro was to decrease heat and thus decrease fan noise. I have a launch Pro with a loud Delta fan. I didn’t want to put in a used Intec fan so I just wanted to focus on heat transfer.

    I replaced the thermal paste (which looked like dried toothpaste) with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. I also changed the thermal pads (which don’t cover half of the DDR5 and VRM chips) with Arctic 1.0mm thermal pads. It did great job of decreasing noise but it wasn’t enough.

    Next I looked at ventilation. I had pleanty or air circulation around the console but with 4K gaming the fan still gets very loud. Thus I went the Dremel route. I cut 1/4 inch holes 1/2 inch apart.

    I added screen material inside to filter out hair and foreign debris just “in case” (that was a pun).

    Now at the strongest loads the fan only ever reaches half speed which drastically cut down on noise and also greatly improves heat exchange. I am thoroughly impressed with all my efforts.

    What have others done?


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  • Wow, that is real dedication to killing the noise, can you get some real world sound measures under load and idle with different games?

    Looks good overall, seems like you fixed the design of the PS4 PRO, heh if only Sony had taught of these little things.

    • May 26, 2018
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  • i’ve seen a mod like the one you did

    there is also an RGB mod with fan cover

    there is also this cool mod with dust filter

    but if you wanna go to the extreme, here is the water cooling PS4 Pro

    also, here is a complete Fan-less PS4 (originally PS4 slim)


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    • May 26, 2018
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  • When I had an OG PS4 I changed the thermal paste and added a copper shim in between the APU and heatsink for better contact; this was an improvement in terms of heat and noise but the OG PS4 was simply a loud beast and no matter what kind of mods you did, they really didn’t help much (unless you went crazy and did a water cooling mod). Luckily I also had a Nidec fan and that didn’t need to be swapped.

    Come the Slim, and it was a no brainer to upgrade. The Slim is pretty much better than the OG PS4 in almost every-way, especially with the amount of heat, noise, and power it uses. As soon as I got my Slim, I changed the paste to Arctic MX-4 and swapped the thermal pads. Like you, I covered entire chips with the pads instead of covering just a part of it like they originally came out of the factory.

    It’s crazy how much quieter the Slim is compared to the OG. On the home screen, I can’t even hear the Slim, I sometimes think it’s broken or that I didn’t reconnect the fan cable because of how quiet it is. On games like Battlefield 4, playing on a 64 player map on Shanghai would make my OG PS4 go haywire, but now on the Slim it’s just a slight, pleasant hum.

    Thermal paste, also known as thermal compound, is the viscous paste that you use when installing a new CPU. The compound ensures that the CPU heat spreader and cooler make proper contact. In other words, it is there to create optimal conditions for thermal conductivity. But how often should you replace thermal paste on CPU?

    Thermal paste needs to be replaced every so often. Everyone will give you a different answer. Some will say that you need to replace it every six months, others say that it can last five to ten years. So, how often should you replace thermal paste on CPU if you have never had issues with overheating? In cases where your CPU is always running under 85°C, even under a full load, you have little reason to replace it.

    If you are experiencing overheating issues, replacing your thermal paste is the first thing that you should try. More often than not, a poorly applied thermal paste or one that has dried out will cause overheating, so changing it will fix the issue. If you have properly replaced your thermal compound but still experience overheating issues, then it is most likely an issue with your CPU cooler itself.

    How often should you replace thermal paste on CPU if you take your usage into account? Are all thermal pastes created equally? What about when you take the cooler off? You can find the answers to these questions and more below.

    How Often Should You Replace Thermal Paste On CPU?

    Changing your thermal paste is inexpensive and easy to do. Even if you have to do it every 6 months, as some people recommend, it only takes a few minutes. You can also use the opportunity to get the dust out of your PC case with a can of compressed air. Whether you want or need to do it depends entirely on you. If you want to run at the absolute lowest temperatures possible, changing it every six to twelve months is a good start.

    Note that if you have applied the thermal compound correctly, you will only notice a 1°C-2°C drop under a full load. Unless you did something wrong when applying your thermal compound the last time you changed it, there is little reason to change it. On the other hand, if you notice that your CPU runs hot even during idle, then you should try changing your thermal compound before doing anything else.

    You should replace the thermal paste on your CPU whenever you are taking the CPU cooler off for any reason, whether it be to make a CPU upgrade or something else. This has to be done. If you take off your CPU cooler and then put it back on without changing the thermal compound, you are risking overheating issues.

    You are introducing tiny air bubbles into your thermal paste as well as dust particles whenever you take the cooler off. It will happen every time, without exception. What this means in practice is that the cooler and CPU will not have the optimal contact, lowering the thermal conductivity.

    When it comes to different thermal pastes, the main division is into conductive and non-conductive. In general, non-conductive pastes are cheaper and easier to work with, but also perform slightly worse. Unless you know what you are doing, it is recommended that you stick to non-conductive pastes. Conductive pastes are made from metals that are great at conducting heat, but also can short circuit your CPU or motherboard.

    Conductive pastes dry out much more slowly than non-conductive, so you only need to change them once every 3-4 years. But high-quality non-conductive thermal pastes can also last a very long time without needing to be changed. If you do not see any overheating issues, you should simply replace it once every year or so.

    Open up the console and clean the PS4 fan too

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

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    • Unplug the PS4. Use compressed air to clean out USB ports and side vents. Remove the outer casing, cleaning off any dust with a cloth.
    • Place your finger on the fan to hold it in place and apply compressed air.
    • Remove the black plastic cover. Unscrew the metal plate and clean the fan with air and a toothbrush. Wait for a half-hour. Reassemble.

    This article explains how to clean a PS4. It includes information on when to clean the console, what you need in a PS4 cleaning kit, and how to clean a PS4 controller. These instructions apply to the original PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim models.

    How to Clean a PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS4 Slim

    Knowing how to clean a PS4 can come in handy if it stops working properly or if the fan is too loud. It’s good practice to clean your console before selling your PS4 or giving it away.

    The images below are of the PS4 Slim model, but you can follow these instructions to clean any PlayStation 4 console:

    Make sure your PS4 is turned off and everything is unplugged.

    Use the compressed air to clean out the USB ports on the front of the console, the ports on the back, and the vents along the device’s side. Gently use a toothbrush or cotton swabs to remove any remaining debris.

    Hold the can of compressed air upright and six inches away from the console to prevent moisture from getting into the internal components of your PS4.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    To remove the outer casing, gently lift under the top cover of the PS4 from the console’s front. Clean off any dust inside the casing with a cloth.

    Opening your PS4 will void the warranty. If you purchased your PS4 within the last year, contact Sony PlayStation customer support to report problems with your console.

    To open an original PS4 model, you must remove the warranty stickers on the back of the console and use a T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Put your finger on the center of the fan to hold it in place, then apply compressed air in short spurts to blow dust out of the fan.

    Do not let the fan spin while blowing air on it. A rotating fan can cause an electrical short.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the black plastic covering near the back end of the console.

    The screws are in different places on the original PS4 model. Use the T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver along with your Phillips screwdriver to remove them all.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Use the T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the metal plate under the plastic covering in place.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Unscrew the rest of the screws, then lift the plate that covers the fan so that you can clean out the PS4 interior with compressed air and the toothbrush. Insert a cotton swab between the fan’s blades to hold it in place so that it doesn’t spin while you clean the other components.

    On the original PS4 model, you must remove the power supply. Gently lift it up and place it aside. Be careful not to disconnect the cable.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Let the interior of the console air-dry for half an hour, then reassemble your PS4.

    How to Clean a PS4 Controller

    If your controller is behaving finicky, make sure it is properly synced with the PS4. If you’re still having problems, try cleaning it.

    Disconnect any cables and blow compressed air over the controller. Be sure to get the crevices around the buttons, analog sticks, and ports, then wipe down the controller’s face with a dry microfiber cloth. Use a damp cloth if necessary, but be careful to avoid the charger ports or headphone jack. Allow the controller to dry before plugging anything into the ports.

    If cleaning the controller doesn’t fix your problems, try resetting your PS4 controller.

    When to Clean Your PS4

    Although the PlayStation 4 is sturdily built, dust can build up inside the console over time. Cleaning your PS4 can help prevent hardware failure due to overheating. If you can hear the PS4 fan running, that’s a good sign that it needs to be cleaned. A good cleaning might also help if your PS4 won’t connect to Wi-Fi.

    You won’t need to clean the interior of your PS4 unless you notice performance problems, such as the console running hot or suddenly shutting down. Frequent overheating can cause permanent damage to the PS4 hardware, so you should open up your PS4 and clean the fan as soon as possible.

    PS4 Cleaning Kit

    You need the following items to clean your PS4 inside and out thoroughly:

    • A T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver
    • A small Phillips screwdriver
    • Dry microfiber cloth
    • Cotton swabs
    • A soft bristle toothbrush
    • A can of compressed air

    When cleaning the exterior of your PS4, use microfiber cloths to avoid damaging the console. To remove grime, you can use cloth and a mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol.

    Make sure the area where you keep your PS4 remains clean so that the console doesn’t collect dust.

    1. Boards
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    3. Noob question about thermal paste on stock Ryzen cooler

    So I took the cooler out of the box and proceeded to set it on the table with the pre-installed thermal paste down and a large amount (about half) stuck to the table when I picked it back up. Can I install it like that or do I need to apply more paste? Do I need to scrape off the old stuff first?

    I don’t have any thermal paste and really want to finish my build tonight but also don’t want to risk overheating my CPU.

    i would apply new paste, just to be safe. iirc, when i installed my nieces 3400G. it came with a really thin amount. if you lost half of that, i’d put more.

    Damn it I wanted to finish up tonight. You’re right though there wasn’t a whole lot on there to start with. Should I scrape off what’s left of just add some more?

    you need to apply more paste.

    TBH i would use rubbing alcohol (99%, it needs to be 99%, or else you risk corrosion over time) to remove the rest of the pre-applied paste and then re-apply your own.

    TBH i would use rubbing alcohol (99%, it needs to be 99%, or else you risk corrosion over time) to remove the rest of the pre-applied paste and then re-apply your own.

    you need to apply more paste.

    TBH i would use rubbing alcohol (99%, it needs to be 99%, or else you risk corrosion over time) to remove the rest of the pre-applied paste and then re-apply your own.

    Thanks. That’s what I’ll do then.

    I would never use preapplied paste, not for any performance reasons really, I personally don’t trust it, and if I spent a few hundred bucks, I would like to protect my investment and know it was done right and by my hand.

    How do you apply it? I’ve heard people say the size of a grain of rice in the middle, I’ve also heard a pea sized drop in the middle and then I’ve seen others spread it over the entire contact area.

    How do you apply it? I’ve heard people say the size of a grain of rice in the middle, I’ve also heard a pea sized drop in the middle and then I’ve seen others spread it over the entire contact area.

    There really is quite a few effective ways, I personally do a pea size glob in the middle.

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    3. Really torn between choosing Kryonaut or MX-4 thermal paste.

    That is literally what I meant with the quality of the job- The purpose of thermal paste is to have proper heat transfer, so ensuring proper coverage is the best bet. In most instances, the method itself is only partially responsible for coverage, but regardless it is coverage itself- the quality of the job done, not the quantity as it can be detrimental to have too little, much less effect by having more..

    These are two Thermal Pad’s that you should consider if you’re that worried about longevity.

    Thermal Grizzly Carbonaut
    IC Graphite Thermal pad

    Especially in a LapTop setup where it’s a pain to tear down.
    There are some caveats with specific laptops:

    That’s mostly due to the way the HeatPipe interface is mounted to the CPU/GPU.

    Reviewer claims it performs close to MX-4 thermal paste levels.

    you’re “really torn” about thermal paste? the f***?

    He’s all out of faith. This is how he feels.

    I remember when that song first hit airwaves.

    It really took off like crazy.

    you’re “really torn” about thermal paste? the f***?

    For fairly new builders it’s one of the biggest worries, trust me.

    I say go for MX-4, it’s the safest option, and as someone who has used it myself, i applied it to a cpu in 2012, and the cpu is still running without any signs of paste degredation, that 4c temperature drop might sound great on paper, but understand that those numbers are in ideal conditions, it doesn’t take into account things such as room temperature variations and humidity.

    The reason mx-4 is the successor to arctic silver 5 is that it’s good at cooling, non conductive (aka no chance of frying your parts if you apply too much accidentally) and it’s lifespan means you probably won’t ever need to reseat your cooler once applied, unless it’s not seated properly.

    Kryonaut is good, but doesn’t last nearly as long, and i don’t know if it’s conductive or not.

    He’s all out of faith. This is how he feels.

    For fairly new builders it’s one of the biggest worries, trust me.

    I say go for MX-4, it’s the safest option, and as someone who has used it myself, i applied it to a cpu in 2012, and the cpu is still running without any signs of paste degredation, that 4c temperature drop might sound great on paper, but understand that those numbers are in ideal conditions, it doesn’t take into account things such as room temperature variations and humidity.

    The reason mx-4 is the successor to arctic silver 5 is that it’s good at cooling, non conductive (aka no chance of frying your parts if you apply too much accidentally) and it’s lifespan means you probably won’t ever need to reseat your cooler once applied, unless it’s not seated properly.

    Kryonaut is good, but doesn’t last nearly as long, and i don’t know if it’s conductive or not.

    Performance wise:
    Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut > Gelid GC Extreme > Cooler Master MasterGel Maker > Noctua NT-H2 > Artic Cooling MX-4 > Noctua NT-H1 >= Artic Cooling MX-3 > Artic Cooling MX-2 > Artic Silver 5 > OCZ Freeze > Zalman STG1

    But there’s a big Caveat:
    Kryonaut & Gelid GC Extreme has a tendency to dry out quickly in a span of months due to high heat
    Kryonaut @ > 80°C = Paste Drying out quickly
    Gelid GC Extreme isn’t all that great in terms of Drying out either. Other users have had similar issues.

    Noctua NT-H1 is only rated by the manufacturer to last 3 years.

    MX-4 is rated to last 8 years.

    But I’ll take the performance penalty for that 8 years of longevity.

    If you actually care about thermal paste this much, then it doesn’t particualrly matter the brand or type of compound for the most part as long as it isn’t terrible.

    Because you should have lapped the IHS & contact block, modified the mounting pressure to compensate and be repasting no later than every few months. Assuming it’s not a pebcak like bad mount/pressure, freshly applied $10 thermal paste > years old $50 thermal paste.

    If you actually care about thermal paste this much, then it doesn’t particualrly matter the brand or type of compound for the most part as long as it isn’t terrible.

    Because you should have lapped the IHS & contact block, modified the mounting pressure to compensate and be repasting no later than every few months. Assuming it’s not a pebcak like bad mount/pressure, freshly applied $10 thermal paste > years old $50 thermal paste.

    People want maximum value without having to constantly re-apply thermal paste.

    Otherwise Kryonaut would be the best because you would re-apply it every few months.

    Thermal interface materials ensure air gaps between electronic components are completely eliminated which is required to keep device temperatures at a safe operating level. Engineers often consider the specifications around a heat sink to find a solution that’s suitable for their application.

    How Do Thermal Interface Materials Work?

    TIMs are often placed between two or more heat-sensitive manufacturing components. Afterall, a typical contact area can have up to 90 percent air voids. Thermally conductive materials transfer heat to the surrounding environment, ultimately protecting components from heat-related adverse reactions.

    These materials need to have two key properties, which are thermal impedance and thermal conductivity. Thermal impedance measures the efficiency of heat being transferred to the surrounding areas. Thermal conductivity is the natural ability of a material to transfer heat.

    Deciding Between Thermal Gap Pads and Thermal Paste

    It’s important to understand which type of thermal interface material, such as gap fillers, an application needs.

    Fillers are used in widely different cases based on the nature by which they must be applied. It requires very specific placement and pressure during installation.

    But which filler – thermal gap pads or thermally conductive paste – is right for your application?

    Thermal Gap Pads

    Thermal gap pads are soft, conformable pads that help reduce component stress and dampen vibration, in addition to their thermal properties. Its thermal conductivity generally ranges from between 1 to 6.5 W/mK, and though the standard thickness usually falls between 0.010” to .200”, it can also be thicker. Your material choice for thermal pads will depend on the needs of your design. For example, fiberglass and aluminum carriers are both popular choices. Meanwhile, shear-resistant Kapton and PEN film are used in applications where shearing is a risk.

    Advantages of pads

    Thermal pads are easy to apply and do not require the same kind of specialized application equipment as paste. Simply put, the pads need to be laid onto their application with relative pressure.

    Thermal pads are sometimes included with the heat-producing component to bypass the pad adhesion, making the manufacturer’s job even easier. Similarly, thermal pads are far less likely to shift out of their initial position compared to thermal paste.

    They have a standardized heat dissipation capacity across the surface of the pad compared to the thermal paste’s liquid state, making that standardization more challenging to achieve. Upon application, the pad will react to the heat-producing component’s temperature by softening and therefore enabling the pad to fill interfacial gaps in the surface of the application.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Disadvantages of pads

    As there are two sides of every coin, thermal pads also come with their own disadvantages depending on the application at hand.

    As thermal pads adhere to the heatsink, the pad will oftentimes mold to one of the heat-producing surfaces it touches. So, thermal pads must be replaced if the heatsink or other components nearby are moved.

    Thermal pads cannot be used more than once, and if removed, each component must be handled with extreme caution – especially once the pad has adhered to other components of the application.

    Thermal Conductive Paste

    Advantages of thermal paste

    Thermal paste offers a similar solution to thermal pads, but being a liquid, the paste can be used in several ways that a thermal pad cannot. The paste is applied via dispenser (syringe, tube, etc.) directly to the central processing unit (CPU) or the heatsink, filling even the smallest interfacial air gaps to ensure efficient thermal transfer and conservation.

    Pastes were first developed for use in automotive manufacturing. That means they were designed to not flow and be stable through intense vibrations, as well as holding up over time.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Another key benefit of using thermal paste is the efficiency of the material. Very little paste is needed, as the heat transfer capacity is inversely correlated with the amount of thermal interface material used. For example, the THERM-A-GAP GEL30 or GEL8010 has low thermal impedance at thin and thick gaps, allowing the use of common heat spreaders.

    In other words, the TIM is most effective when a very thin layer is used, as opposed to using a more generous amount of the material. Of course, it’s important that enough of the material is used to fill all necessary gaps.

    Choosing a thermal conductive paste that passes NASA outgassing standards is crucial whenever the product is being applied near camera or optical components. Low outgassing ensures that outgassed silicone won’t condense onto cameras or other optical equipment.

    Disadvantages of thermal paste

    While thermal paste certainly has several desirable properties – especially compared to their pad counterparts – it’s important to understand the potential risks associated with a material that requires manual application techniques.

    When applying, it’s crucial to ensure that the entire surface area is covered as needed, and enough is used. While less is typically more when it comes to thermal paste, using too little will not adequately fill any air gaps that may be present.

    The liquid state of thermal paste can lead to a mess and wasted material, so caution and precision are key.

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    When I applied Artic Silver 3 a year ago I remember reading that I should let it set for 24 hours, before using my computer.

    I’m getting ready to apply some Artcic Silver 5 on my new Pent 4 3.0 and I’m wondering if I should still let it sit after I put the heatsink on, before I test it. I couldn’t find any information on this on the Arctic Silver website, so I started to wonder if the whole “let it set for x hours” really matters anymore.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Thanks for the quick replies!

    lol, wallijonn, I’ve wondered the same thing. It seems to make sense, doesn’t it?

    I found it really amazing how thin a layer of arctic silver you can apply if you use a long sharp razor. Previously I always used the only “finger in a zip loc bag” trick, and it wasn’t near as thin (or even) a layer as I could make by scrapping across the top of the heat spreader with the razor.

    I know they say to make it “really” thin, but then I started to wonder if it was possible to make it too thin.

    I’m probably worrying too much. I just never seemed to be able to get the great temps others do with their heatsinks and fans (and I’m using the bloody loudest and strongest fan I could find, along with a good heatsink).

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Using the lint-free cleaning pads, you can easily remove the old paste without worrying about damaging the processing unit. Increasing the indium content, this high-efficiency paste ensures that even the most extreme loads will not be able to overheat the CPU and/or GPU.

    The paste is not good with aluminum surfaces.

    With the paste’s thermal conductivity stretching 73 W/mK and the package including 2 cleaning pads (lint-free), 5 cotton swabs, and 2 applicators, Thermal Grizzly TG-AL-3 Conductonaut is worth every penny that the folk at Thermal Grizzly are asking for it.

    Syringe with thermal paste, protective cap, 2 x applicators, 2 x lint-free cleaning pads, 5 x cotton swabs

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    You can apply the paste between most heatsinks and semiconductors. The resealable packaging will guarantee that the paste does not dry out, which’s important since the 8-gram syringe will enable covering the entire case with paste and you’ll still be left with half the syringe.

    The syringe is not always fully filled.

    Unlike cheap thermal pastes made from liquid metal, ARCTIC MX-4 does not cause short-circuiting or corrosion damage. When applied, this paste should last 8 years without losing its excellent initial thermal conductivity properties.

    Syringe with thermal paste, protective cap

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    The syringe is shipped in a durable cardboard package that makes sure the syringe does not deform during transportation. There’s a QR code on this package that enables you to immediately access thorough application instructions.

    The paste dries out pretty quickly once you open the syringe.

    Noctua NT-H1 Pro-Grade Thermal Compound Paste offers premium-grade performance at a budget cost. With this paste, you’ll be able to ensure top-notch heat transferring from the processor (on a CPU or GPU) to its heatsink.

    Syringe with thermal paste, protective cap

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    Mixing micronized silver with sub-micron zinc oxide, aluminum oxide, and boron nitride particles, this thermal paste is able to knock off the temperature 3-12 degrees compared to what most pastes can do.

    Avoid contact with miniature circuits.

    Experienced users that are into overclocking cannot go wrong with Arctic Silver 5. Even though this paste can easily handle the most expensive, high-performance rigs, it will cost you virtually nothing. Also, the paste fits gaming consoles.

    Syringe with thermal paste, protective cap

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    As long as you don’t forget the protective cap, the paste will last years inside the syringe without becoming less effective. The company’s socket templates will enable easy application onto various socket types.

    The paste is a little on the runny side.

    Cooler Master HTK-002-U1 fits mid-range PCs like a glove. With this thermal paste, you can squeeze every last drop from the system without worrying about overheating its middling components. The 2-gram syringe will easily cover both the graphics card and the processor.

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    Thermal Grizzly TG-AL-3 Conductonaut tops this list not just because the paste is as good as it is but also because this is the biggest, most comprehensive package. While most products sell you a syringe filled with thermal paste and nothing else, this package includes two applicators, two lint-free cleaning pads, and five cotton swabs, so you have everything you need to replace old paste and apply the new one.

    That being said, this product costs more than most thermal pastes not as much because the package is so extensive but because this paste is made from liquid metal. Thanks to that, the paste is more suitable for those applications that require the highest efficiency. We’re talking about components with the best heat dissipation where the temperature ranges are above eight degrees Celsius.

    With its high thermal conductivity, the paste increases the indium content, making sure that the most expensive, high-performance parts do not overheat under extreme loads. But, even despite its thermal conductivity reaching 73 W/mK, this paste is not good with aluminum surfaces.

    Nevertheless, considering that the thermal compound here is almost 10 times more effective than most thermal pastes’ and the aforementioned extensive package, Thermal Grizzly TG-AL-3 Conductonaut towers above its competition.

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    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Building a PC is a pretty easy process, but one area many get hung up on is applying thermal paste. If you’ve never applied thermal paste before, it can be very easy to mess up. There’s a lot of bad information on how much to apply circulating the web, too. And, given that, when you buy thermal paste, you get a pretty sizeable tube, you might assume you need to use a good portion of it, but that’s far from the truth.

    But, there’s no need to worry — applying thermal paste is actually a really easy process. First, there’s just a couple things you should know.

    What is thermal paste?

    Thermal paste is actually called a number of things. You might hear it referred to as thermal compound, thermal grease, thermal grease, thermal interface material and even thermal gel. There’s quite a few other names its referred to as well, but these are some of the more common references.

    It’s basically a conductive compound that sits between the heat source and heat sink to eliminate air gaps, and thus, maximizes heat transfer from the chip to the heat sink. Basically, thermal paste has to be applied, as the performance of the heat sink essentially depends on it. This compound helps with the transfer of heat from the CPU to the cooler on top of the chip. Without the compound, the CPU is likely to overheat, causing you multiple problems, including a processor replacement.

    Where do I apply thermal paste?

    Let’s be clear: thermal paste is not applied to the bottom of the CPU with hundreds of pins. If you do that, you are going to destroy your CPU as well as your motherboard, as this is the side that is plugged directly into the socket on the motherboard.

    Instead, thermal compound is applied to the top of the CPU where the smooth metal plate sits. This is also where your heat sink/cooler will sit, thus the compound acting as a conductive material between the CPU and heat sink.

    How much thermal paste is used?

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Just a little dab of thermal paste goes a long way. Never use too much. Both Intel and AMD recommend squeezing a “pea-sized” glob of paste directly onto the center of the CPU’s metal surface. You might need a little more for larger processors with more cores (anything with 6 cores or above, essentially), but again, less is more. Basically, the amount Intel recommends is shown in their instructional image to the right.

    First of all, don’t worry too much if you get a little more than that or even a little less. It’s more of a guideline and there’s no exact amount that’s to be applied. Eyeballing it will suffice. Once placed in the center, don’t try spreading it around, and don’t touch it with your finger, as oils and other substances can cause some problems.

    Since the heat sink mounts directly onto the CPU, once you mount it, the thermal paste will spread out as it’s compressed. That’s literally all you have to do. It’s a very simple process — the only thing to be concerned about is using too much. But, if you get about what’s seen in the picture, you’ll be golden. The reason why you don’t want too much is because, once compressed, it could spread out past the chip and plate, entering the socket itself, and thus transferring heat where it’s not supposed to go. If you apply too little, the worse that’s going to happen is that your CPU is going to overheat and cause your computer to crash. Fixing that is as simple as going back in, cleaning the thermal paste up, and reapplying it. So, once again, less is more!

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Sometimes you actually don’t need to apply thermal paste if you bought a CPU/heat sink combo. Some heat sinks will actually come with thermal paste already applied in this case. It’s really easy to spot, too. If you see areas of gray-looking material on a copper plate, the thermal paste has already been applied. There’s no need to add more. So, at this point, it’s as simple as bolting the cooler to the CPU, no extra paste needed.

    If you want to get rid of the paste, you can just use isopropyl alcohol to rub it off. Once clean, you can always apply your own using the steps above.

    Does it matter what type of thermal paste is used?

    There’s also absolutely no need to worry about what type of thermal paste you purchase. There’s a couple different types of thermal paste out there, but as Tom’s Hardware shows, there’s very minor differences in terms of temperature changes between them. So, whatever comes with your combo or whatever you can pick up your local computer store will suffice just fine.


    And that’s all there is to it! Applying thermal paste is an extremely easy process — it’s truly just a matter of not applying too much and applying it to the correct side of the processor. We hope we helped you ease your mind when it comes to this whole process — it really is simpler than many make it out to be.

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    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4„Kryo” – the greek word for “cold” – also found in the german word for “cryoengineering”, suggests that this thermal grease was created especially for cryogenic applications – for the true “Kryonauts” amongst the “extreme overclockers”.

    Kryonaut uses a special structure, which halts the drying out process at temperatures of up to 80° Celsius. This structure is also responsible for the nano-aluminum- and zinc-oxide-parts included in the grease to compound optimally, to compensate for unevenness of the component (i.e. the CPU) or the heat sink, thus guaranteeing remarkable heat transfer.

    *following DIN 51412-1




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    This will involve a lot of removing and plugging cables over and over again, which might not be good (for my sanity and the cables themselves).

    I’d like a way for all my systems to have access to the home theater speakers without buying another receiver, if it’s possible (money is pretty tight right now). I’ve thought about hdmi switchers but I don’t think it will work in my situation, or at least, I don’t see how (I have no experience with audio/video equipment).

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    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4In this post, we discuss what thermal paste is, what it does, and what the different types of thermal pastes are.

    Y ou’d be forgiven for thinking that thermal paste isn’t all that important. Compared to the other components of a computer—most of which have hunks of metal attached to them, or delicate looking circuitry—thermal paste is a simple, unassuming tube of gray… well, paste.

    Despite its simple appearance, thermal paste is vital to the longevity of your system—of the CPU in particular.

    As such, it begs the question: What exactly does thermal paste do?

    What is Thermal Paste and What Does it Do?

    If you Google that question, you’ll probably end up with a cookie cutter answer: Thermal paste increases the thermal conductivity between the CPU and its cooler—both AIOs and air coolers.

    But what does that mean? In reality, thermal paste works with two other components of the computer—the CPU’s Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS)—and the baseplate of the cooler, whether it’s an AIO or an air cooler.

    When looking at a CPU that’s been properly seated, it just looks like a square of metal. But that piece of metal isn’t actually a part of the CPU—it’s the IHS. In tandem with the CPU cooler and thermal paste, it keeps the CPU cool.

    When a CPU is operational, it generates a massive amount of heat. While the amount of heat generated varies greatly, depending on how hard it’s being pushed from moment to moment, it typically idles at 40-44 ℃. Under load, it can go as high as 85-90 ℃—almost hot enough to boil water.

    If all that heat were to gather in one area, the CPU would damage itself, to the point of degrading or becoming completely unusable. Most modern CPUs have safety measures to prevent that nowadays—when certain temperature thresholds are reached, they lower their performance to lower temperatures as well.

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4A CPU cooler gets mounted directly over the processor so that the baseplate and the CPU’s IHS come into contact with one another. Thermal paste is applied in between the baseplate and the IHS to help fill in any gaps, and thus allowing heat to transfer between the CPU and CPU cooler more efficiently.

    This means that if the CPU is to perform optimally, it needs to remain cool. It’s why the contact part of CPU coolers are (typically) made of metal—it’s an excellent conductor of heat.

    The heat generated by the CPU is absorbed by the IHS, then transferred to the metal part of the cooler—and, then the cooler dissipates that heat into the surrounding air within the case, where the computer’s case fans can then exhaust the air out of the case.

    In the case of an AIO cooler, the contact part of the cooler transfers heat to the water within the tubing. As the water is pumped through the radiator, the heat is transferred to the radiator, diffused, and cooled by the attached fans.

    Neither of these things would work without thermal paste. While metal is an excellent conductor of heat, air is the exact opposite. But why is that relevant?

    What Thermal Paste Does

    When looking at the contact part of a cooler, it might appear to be perfectly smooth—but it’s not. No matter how metal is treated, no matter what method is used to shape and smooth it, there are imperfections. Molecular grooves and nicks exist that can’t be seen under normal circumstances.

    These imperfections fill up with air when a cooler is placed on the CPU. Not only does this greatly reduce the amount of contact between the IHS and the radiator, air is not thermally conductive. This results in greater amounts of heat remaining on the IHS. That’s where thermal paste steps in.

    Thermal paste is sort of a mishmash of different materials—most of which conduct heat. Thermal paste fills in those invisible gaps between the IHS and the cooler, increasing the points of contact, and in turn increasing the amount of heat transferred between the IHS and the CPU cooler.

    Types of Thermal Paste

    That said, while all thermal paste performs the same role, not all of it is composed of the same material, and as such, not all of it shows the same level of performance. Broadly speaking, there’s five different types of thermal paste—one of which isn’t really a paste at all:

    1. Silicon
    2. Ceramic
    3. Carbon
    4. Metal
    5. Liquid Metal

    Silicon and Ceramic-based thermal pastes are usually what you’ll find pre-applied to coolers. While the quality of these pastes may vary from brand to brand, they’re usually similar enough in performance that it’s not worth removing the pre-applied paste—-unless you’re doing some serious overclocking.

    Carbon-based thermal paste is the next “step up” from silicon and ceramic, so to speak. It’s composed of small carbon fibers, and often contains diamond powder—keeping heat conductivityhigh, while providing even better insulation against electricity. The Arctic MX4 is slightly more expensive than other options at $15 per tube, but performs noticeably better than its silicon and carbon based counterparts.

    The next two on the list, as the name suggests, are thermal pastes composed primarily of metal compounds. While they yield even greater performance than the aforementioned types, unlike them, metal-based pastes are electrically conductive, as well as thermally conductive. This means that if applied improperly, it can and will short circuit components of the computer. Research properly before trying to apply either of them.


    Ultimately, thermal paste helps fill in the air pockets that form between your CPU’s heat spreader and the baseplate of your CPU cooler. Without thermal paste, your CPU would not be able to transfer heat to your CPU cooler in an efficient manner, thus resulting in overheating and system shutdown.

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    Thermal Paste should be changed immediately if you are ok with opening the console. There are several videos on YouTube and is easy enough for most part. I say most part because while I only ever did it on top of heat spreaders those are supposed to be removed aka delid and thermal past put on actual chips as well. That’s where the highest risk of damage by a person can happen and why I am afraid to do it mine. The console while open should be cleaned of dust as well of course.

    You can check this video out for opening and doing the thermal paste and delid tips but just not sure about rest of video as far as drilling holes into the console. I never did that and just keep my 60gn PS3 sitting on wire basket.

    Aside from what @DarkHalf91 posted ^

    the answer is; nothing. They were all built so poorly that it’s only a matter of time before it dies on you.

    other than not using it?

    – apply new thermal paste
    – clean it regularly
    – keep it off the floor
    – dont block the vents
    – lessen gaming sessions
    – get a fan attachment
    – try digitally only for less wear n tear
    – use another device for your dvd/bluray needs

    I plan on using it almost exclusively for PS2 games, I have a slim so I’ll be using that for everything else. The place where I bought it from has a 30 day return policy so we’ll see how it does over the next month. I know it’ll eventually die but if I can get a few years out of it I’ll be happy.

    Thanks for the pointers.

    I plan on using it almost exclusively for PS2 games, I have a slim so I’ll be using that for everything else. The place where I bought it from has a 30 day return policy so we’ll see how it does over the next month. I know it’ll eventually die but if I can get a few years out of it I’ll be happy.

    Thanks for the pointers.

    I would second the aforementioned idea of putting your PS3 on top of something like a wire mesh basket to allow for increased air flow underneath. Replacing the thermal paste is also a MUST, I would recommend the brand Thermal Grizzly as their Kryonaut paste is one of the best on the market currently. Whichever paste you buy, just make sure that it doesn’t need a cure time or is electrically conductive (in case you get residue on the motherboard). Consider watching videos on how to delid the CPU/GPU.

    You should also upgrade the hard drive from the standard HDD to a SSD. HDDs have moving components inside that make a lot of noise and generate heat from the back and forth motions. An SSD is operates more like flash memory where there are no moving components, and read/write speeds are typically faster. I currently have a 1 TB Samsung 860 Evo in my PS3.

    There has been discussion of replacing the power supplies of the older model PS3s with the power supplies of newer models which are smaller and thus generate less heat. There is controversy surrounding it, BUT if your only going to use the PS3 to play PS2 games. which ought to be a less intensive endeavor for the PS3, then it may be worth considering.

    But if you really consider taking all of our advice then you may be spending upwards of $150 and still have a laborious and error prone process if you’re an amateur with electronic disassembly/reassembly. I was very adamant on trying to fix backwards compatible PS3s but I have given up in the meantime and just bought a PS2. There are some really nice high-def solutions for the PS2 such as the product lines make by HD Retrovision (component cables) and Retrotink (upscalers). There’s been an awesome ongoing revival of smaller companies trying making newer products for retro original hardware. Even Retro Fighters is releasing a new wireless PS2 controller early next year, so take a peak!

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    Well, maybe not everything – but certainly the most useful information to a system builder. We’ve written about how both thermalpaste and CPU coolers work in the past, but figured the topic was worth a revisit now that the site has grown substantially.

    In this video and article accompaniment, we walk through thermal conductivity, contact efficiency between the coldplate and IHS, curing & aging, copper vs. aluminum cooling, and more.

    How Thermalpaste Works & Applying Thermal Compound

    Thermalpaste (also known as: thermal compound, TIM, thermal glue) is used to fill microscopic imperfections in the surface of a CPU cooler’s coldplate and the CPU’s IHS (integrated heat-spreader). This is the most top-level definition of thermalpaste.

    Were you to use a high-accuracy laser to measure the smoothness of either surface, it would be revealed that neither a coldplate nor an IHS are perfectly flat surfaces, and this means that perfect, direct contact cannot be made. In an ideal world, a cooler’s copper or aluminum coldplate makes full contact with the IHS, with zero TIM between the metal. It’s not an ideal world, though, so we’re forced with two primary choices: Fill the little gaps with some kind of thermally conductive material or leave them alone, in which case air will fill the gaps.

    Atmospheric air has a thermal conductivity of about 0.024W/mK (Watts per meter Kelvin) at 25C, so that’s no good. For comparison, the average tube of thermalpaste will sit somewhere in the range of 4 – 8.5W/mK; a lot of the stock paste is

    4W/mK, though silver and diamond compounds can be had at higher conductivity ratings. Copper is rated at

    401W/mK at 25C, with aluminum coming in at 205W/mK. Even in the case of aluminum, it is clear that thermalpaste doesn’t come anywhere close to the thermal efficiency of metal – but metal isn’t going to deform to fit the surface, so we’ve got to use something more malleable (at least, without reheating and melting it).

    Without some sort of interface filling the gaps, air will rest between the coldplate and IHS and generate heat pockets. Filling the gaps with thermal interface will provide a material of higher conductivity, with the objective of serving as a pathway for heat to reach the coldplate from the IHS. This is TIM’s only goal. Using too much thermal compound will actually diminish the thermal efficiency of the entire system, because it limits direct contact between the coldplate and IHS and creates a thick thermal wall of a lower conductivity than the copper.

    We’ve previously tested the efficacy of copper vs. aluminum coldplates for thermal dissipation from a CPU, finding that – for smaller sockets (115X) – the difference is negligible. Larger surfaces may matter more, but we haven’t yet confirmed this (LGA 2011 would be a good test).

    Curing, Aging, & Cracking

    There’s a “curing process” with thermal compound – a time period required for the paste to reach its peak efficiency. When freshly applied, thermalpaste hasn’t yet cured and is still somewhat liquid-y. It isn’t until the compound has an aging period that maximum thermal efficiency is achieved. This can take a few hours or a few days, depending on load level and type of compound. Were you to thermally test your CPU immediately after application and then test it again a week later, the results should be marginally different. Not much, but enough to pick-up with accurate equipment and methodology.

    Eventually, the thermal compound reaches and passes its peak efficiency, potentially spiraling downward into aging and cracking. Good compound won’t do this within the average PC lifespan – diamond and silver compounds are a good example of high-endurance paste – but cheaper stuff (like silicone) will decompose with age. Under intense enough heat, the paste begins to crack and lose its ability to efficiently transfer heat from one surface to another.

    Laptops are an excellent example of this process. A lot of our readers likely have experience replacing some sort of internal laptop component – a fan, the GPU’s thermalpaste, reflowing the solder, or similar. Laptops undergo a lot of abuse, they’re potentially exposed to external sources of heat (like the sun, if used outside), their ventilation ports are often smothered, the internals are predisposed to higher thermals resultant of a tight enclosure, the cooling abilities are relegated to smaller fans, and so forth. We’ve replaced laptop GPU compounds a number of times, normally because the stock compound has dried-up and lost its ability to adequately cool the silicon. During the replacement process, an astute technician will spot flakes of dried compound falling from the coldplate upon removing the heatsink / fan combo. This is aging.

    Different Types of Compound

    There are dozens of thermalpaste brands available on retailers. Price is normally set based upon thermal conductivity and the amount of compound in the tube (generally in the range of 3g, which is a few uses). A tube of 8.5W/mK carbon-based compound, which is resistant to aging, costs about $10 for 4g.

    The type of compound is normally listed as a metal-based material (silver), diamond/carbon (often called “nano diamond”), or ceramic. Metal-based compounds, like silver compound, use tiny flakes of metal to aid in conducting the heat to the coldplate. Diamond compounds are usually a bit more hard coming from the tube, requiring some extra work to dispense, but are theoretically stronger over long durations of use.

    For most system builders, the differences between compound types aren’t necessarily going to make a noticeable impact. Overclockers should care, given the higher voltages and heat, but general purpose builders can grab any

    5.3W/mK tube and be fairly happy. There are some tubes of compound as low as 1.5W/mK that we’ve seen – which we’d strongly recommend avoiding – but that’s the main item to watch out for. If building a long-life system where minimal maintenance will be involved, we’d recommend getting a carbon-based compound (like diamond) for its endurance.

    Stock paste with coolers is normally fine, though as a personal note, I do have some things I avoid. The Cooler Master compound included with AMD heatsinks is one of them – it likes to stick (like glue) to the IHS, meaning that removing the CPU cooler often rips AMD CPUs from their sockets. This is a hazard to the pins (mounted on the CPU, not the socket) and can damage a CPU irreparably. I always use aftermarket compound when presented with AMD stock paste.

    Other thermal interfaces exist in a system than just thermalpaste, and you’ve likely seen some of them. Thermal pads are the most prevalent. Thermal pads are used to mount VRM heatsinks to the chokes, capacitors, and MOSFETs, they’re used to mount the copper/aluminum GPU coolers to VRM and VRAM modules, and pads are used heavily in laptop systems. A thermal pad is less thermally aggressive than paste, for the most part, but is cheaper and can better conform to the surface. If the manufacturer wants coverage on the sides of a choke, for instance, a thermal pad will provide some bleed-over from the pressure applied by the heatsink.

    That about covers it for now. If you’ve got questions, leave them for us below or post on our one-on-one forums!

    How to apply thermal paste to a ps4

    Key Features

    • Convenient 1.0 gram syringe, making this thermal paste very easy to apply
    • Delivers optimal heat transfer for larger-scale cooling systems, including water cooled systems
    • Designed with extremely demanding applications
    • Popular choice for overclockers and extreme gamers
    • Thermal conductivity 12.5 W/mk

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    The Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut thermal conductive paste is the top-of-the-range thermal paste solution from T.G. It is ideal for overclocker and extreme applications due to its excellent thermal conductivity, and it was created specifically for users with larger-scale cooling solutions looking for a quality product with an excellent price-performance ratio.

    Designed for high-performance gaming and overclocked systems, along with systems with built-in watercooling.

    Engineered in Germany by Thermal Grizzly.

    WEIGHT / VOLUME 1.0 g

    I purchased this tube in July 2020. I am now taking my PC apart and both my cooler and CPU has deep abrasive scratches. I believe the thermal paste has larger metal particles in it and unfortunately you really wont notice until you take your components apart.

    I am now left with a very ugly custom water block and scratches all over my CPU IHS for my 3800x.

    5 – 7 degrees). These are definitely a bit on the expensive side but totally worth it.

    I bought a bought a Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut 11.1 grams syringe.
    I was expecting it to come with TWO applicators AND a spatula to help spread the paste. However, it only came with ONE applicator, while the spatula wasn’t even there!

    The consistency was a lot thicker than in “der8auer” video. I put the sealed syringe inside a cup of hot water for 5 minutes as the manufacturer’s website suggested; to improve the paste’s viscosity– to no avail.

    As I was trying to spread it using the applicator, it would only spread by a little bit. Then, if I try to spread it any more, the paste gets stuck onto the applicator from the CPU/GPU dyes. So, I had to apply a generous amount for the dye to be covered while spreading.

    Maybe I should have let the syringe sit in a BOILING water for 5 minutes.
    Maybe I should have used the rice grain/pea methods.

    However, the temperatures are AMAZING until now (1 week).
    This thermal paste has reduce my idle temps from 48-52 °C to 38-42 °C.
    CPU was thermal throttling (94 °C and above) under stress test and couldn’t sustain full turbo boost clock rates. Now, it maintains full turbo boost and stays around 72-79 °C.

    CPU: i7 9750H (undervolted)

    Kryonaut rating: 4 stars

    + Great improvements in thermals
    + Almost uniform core temps

    – Thicker consistency than advertised
    – Difficult to spread from my experience
    – Pricey
    – Missing applicator and spatula