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ScottMuc 3 months ago

Hey guys, a friend of mine recommended to me that I use thermal heatsink pads (I believe 3M lists it as Thermal Interface Tape) instead of thermal paste because of its uniform surface and lack of possible air pockets between the heatsink and the CPU. I'm just unsure of how the two compare when it comes to thermals, which does a better job at helping dissipate the heat?

I'm running a Ryzen 1800x and Kraken x62 cooler. Thanks! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jw6dcc

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vagabond139 5 Builds 4 points 3 months ago

lack of possible air pockets between the heatsink and the CPU.

That makes zero sense. You would remove them with both of them by tightening down the cooler.

Pads would likely be worse and would be a pain in the *** to remove and plus you have to pay for them where as you already have free paste that comes on the cooler.

ScottMuc submitter 1 point 3 months ago

Oops wrong parts link, here's the right list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KMV8vV

Crazyfool 1 point 3 months ago

pads are usually within a degree or two of thermal paste. But pads stick on pretty good and are a real pain to remove if you ever need.

I'd use thermal paste.

Warlock 1 point 3 months ago

... 3M ...

Better double check. Those encountered in the past were thermal adhesives. Not intended to be removed after application.