CPU installation -- The Thermal Glue --

Posted on 2006-05-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-10
CPU installation -- The Thermal Glue --

The CPU:  AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
               heatsink that came with the CPU

The situation (and I feel really dumb about this)

I set the heatsink down on the CPU, but I though it might be improperly positioned,so I lifted it off looked at it then set it back down on the CPU. Then I realized what I had done. So of course I lifted it off again to examine the thermal glue!!! the glue was all swirly, but I put it back down on the CPU. At no time did I start the computer.

Does the thermal glue need to be replaced?

What are the risks if I do not?

Is it hard to replace the thermal glue?

On this question, I want people who know what they are talking about, because this represents a $420 investment for me.

Question by:vanauden
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    Accepted Solution


    Luckyly no, the thermal glue does not require replacement as you did not start the computer.
    The thermal pad that comes standard with the heatsinks will not stick to the cpu until it is started and the CPU gets hot enough.

    As a rule you should replace your thermal gel any time after you have seated the fan.
    I.e. if you start it up and then change fans, you would want to manually throw some glue on there (after wiping off the current pad that is there) as it would have already got hot enough to form a gel between the CPU and fan.

    There are no risks in this case of not doing it.  Being paranoid myself, when ever first mounting a fan to a CPU I boot straight into the BIOS and watch the temperature for a while.
    It will be quite obvious is there is a majour problem.

    It is not hard to replace the glue, though maybe watch someone do it before you unleash the idea on your own system.
    The layer should end up being paper thin, too much glue/gel is also a problem.
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    Author Comment

    thank you for this excellent help.

    You are very clear here and I appreciate it very much!

    I will do as you say and check the temperature in the bios when I first boot up.

    Thanks BennyM82!!!

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