“Too Much Thermal Paste” - Benchmark of Thermal Paste Quantity


  • Am Vor 4 Monate

    Gamers NexusGamers Nexus

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    We've all seen people say "that's too much thermal paste." Most the time, it turns out, they're wrong. This test benchmarks thermal paste application methods.
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    Our testing today focuses on thermal paste application quantities -- not necessarily application methods -- and looks at pea-sized dots vs. thin spread vs. larger blobs. Thermal paste application is much debated among DE-film commenters, and we think a lot of that is because it's something everyone has experience with. Our Modmat still has application guidelines on it, but those conform to simply whatever covers the IHS most efficiently. As far as quantity, as long as it's enough to cover everything, you're good to go. We even referenced Luke's LinusTechTips video from ages ago, which also tested this same comment.
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Vor 4 Monate
jgfjgfify
jgfjgfify

Wait, why use thermal paste and not heatsink tape?

Vor 11 Tage
Gaylord Cockburn
Gaylord Cockburn

I was also Curious because of the huge emphasis the internet makes on the importance of thermal paste application. So I just did this same test with my laptop, mostly because there is a large overhang on heat sink over the chips. I wanted to see if it would benefit from more contact with the heat sink and the motherboard. I tried the full area of the heat sink filled with thermal paste. As well as leaving open a gap between the 2 chips, and numerous slight variations. My conclusion was also that it doesn't fucking matter.

Vor 17 Tage
Sean Gregg
Sean Gregg

@gamers nexus 6 or 7 years ago I built a PC with a GTX 480 OC (EVGA). You might remember they were power hogs and had many online complaints about overheating. People reported temps in the 110-120c range. When I got mine, I pulled the fan and heat sink and cleaned the thermal compound off. There was a thick ooze on all sides of the die, roughly the thickness of a pencil. I replaced with a tiny dot of OCZ freeze... maybe 50% of the size of a pea. Far smaller than the pea size dot used in this video. During benchmarking, I was not able to get the GPU above 83c. As some others have mentioned, I would be interested to see a similar test with smaller and smaller dots of thermal paste.

Vor 18 Tage
eddy edd
eddy edd

DUDE WTF IS WRONG WITH U OMGGG

Vor 22 Tage
SirSpiral
SirSpiral

That's too much thermal paste

Vor Monat
Nunayo BizNas
Nunayo BizNas

Hopefully those new to PC Building don't watch the beginning of this and dump thermal paste on the CPU socket.

Vor 5 Stunden
OliQCPRO RotMG
OliQCPRO RotMG

You showed the same benchmark result with the pea size and ´´ way too much ´´ application if a you look at the graphic title its the same

Vor 7 Stunden
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson

Do same test on a crap over clocked cpu with no fan and see which technique last longest before the cpu fries or shuts down...

Vor 8 Stunden
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson

Skip the heat sink and fan just put a 2 inch mound on top cpu and let it dry overnight.

Vor 8 Stunden
Hircine M.
Hircine M.

The CPU abused in a gang bang bukkake!

Vor 11 Stunden
Rei
Rei

First 5secs = Dam finally I want to debunk this shit already! 15secs later = OMG STOP

Vor 16 Stunden
GamingWithPrivate
GamingWithPrivate

I died from the intro.

Vor 17 Stunden
Rafiq Rendika
Rafiq Rendika

*AAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKHHHHHHGGGGG!!!!!!!!*

Vor Tag
VirlomiEntreri
VirlomiEntreri

The real crime here is your towel rack in the back right corner. Under? Pleb.

Vor Tag
C Birdman
C Birdman

Mic drop

Vor Tag
Oscar Shen
Oscar Shen

The application of thermal paste really doesn't matter, as long as there is thermal paste.

Vor Tag
Nickelbawker
Nickelbawker

This comment reminds me of retards saying some one put the thermostat in backwards... Most people don't realize that thier thermostat only goes in one way for most cars...

Vor 2 Tage
CheZstuff8024634
CheZstuff8024634

Can I put an amount of paste on the ihs and water block and then remove it to check the spread? Could I put it on after checking if it's good? Or would that cause problems?

Vor 2 Tage
User
User

I'd like to see this reproduced with a stock or cheap heatsink.

Vor 2 Tage
User
User

I do line method

Vor 2 Tage
EdThatsIt
EdThatsIt

Why not just take two small plates of plexiglass to see which method works best?

Vor 2 Tage
Darren Cole Gold
Darren Cole Gold

Bought to you by the verge

Vor 2 Tage
KanadianSpaceProgram
KanadianSpaceProgram

Getting thermal paste all over the socket and motherboard is what I don't want. I already know they're not going to get bad temps using a huge pile of thermal paste.

Vor 2 Tage
James Cabrie
James Cabrie

That fucking intro... 😂

Vor 2 Tage
The Playable CEMU
The Playable CEMU

you look like a drummer in some guitar heavy band

Vor 2 Tage
s7j7d7
s7j7d7

You need to apply thermal paste the Kentucky way 😜

Vor 3 Tage
Jonor Nokturl
Jonor Nokturl

that thumbnail pissed me off

Vor 3 Tage
TwiTch
TwiTch

once your cpu warms up a couple times any extra thermal paste should spread off the edges of the cpu making every application exactly the same. Those coolers clamp down pretty firm. So as long as you get full surface coverage they should all perform the same.

Vor 3 Tage
Pyroman /
Pyroman /

You hit the goldly locks xone with that paste app

Vor 3 Tage
Michael N
Michael N

Lolz

Vor 3 Tage
clever name
clever name

This video got my subscription. Screw the no it all tires turds on the true true train.

Vor 3 Tage
Joshua Nearhoof
Joshua Nearhoof

There is never validity to know-it-all anonymous internet trolls living in their mother's basement at 40 years old.

Vor 3 Tage
John Doe
John Doe

it looks like the heatsink was incorrectly fitted in the picture at 6:34.

Vor 3 Tage
N75911
N75911

Whenever I watch your videos, I get the vibe that you're the Winter Soldier, aka, Bucky Barnes.

Vor 4 Tage
Social Gamer
Social Gamer

Are you antagonizing your own community. 😏 Basically make sure the entire CPU is covered. Then after that is probably a preference of neatness. Do you want to be a slob with your build or do you want to keep it all mint. Otherwise it's something that won't be seen. So just make sure you have enough to cover the entire IHS and the cold plate. Simple enough. 😂😅😓

Vor 4 Tage
Nicholas Salguero
Nicholas Salguero

The intro made me cringe really hard

Vor 4 Tage
PhuckHue2
PhuckHue2

wtf are you making pancakes?

Vor 4 Tage
GRASSFEDBEEF -
GRASSFEDBEEF -

Lol thermal paste? I use axe body spray on my processor

Vor 4 Tage
brandonante360
brandonante360

You need more

Vor 4 Tage
SAUCY V
SAUCY V

I’m watching the verge’s video helping me build my pc. This is helpful👍

Vor 4 Tage
Jason Poole
Jason Poole

Could you seal a computer completely off make it completely water and air tight and then submerged it in liquid nitrogen or another cold solution in a sealed container and make a computer run properly or would it just be too cold

Vor 5 Tage
Ionut Gheorghiescu
Ionut Gheorghiescu

Too much...not enough...the real question is how you effectively clean up the paste, especially when it drips on the motherboard? Asking for a friend😁

Vor 5 Tage
Low-Tech Mods
Low-Tech Mods

I'm not OCD, but that intro made me cringe hard AF.

Vor 5 Tage
Jude Fuselier
Jude Fuselier

Instructions unclear, computer started playing porn

Vor 5 Tage
Nostalgic April
Nostalgic April

So, 4°c +/- difference, Nothing to worry about, Just put it in and a monthly dust removing and cleaning, 100% Fresh running PC.

Vor 5 Tage
averytheloftier
averytheloftier

The preapplied thermal compound isn't enough so you have to add more.

Vor 5 Tage
Meko Unknown
Meko Unknown

So, More is better. The Verge was right!

Vor 6 Tage
Joe O Sullivan
Joe O Sullivan

If thermal paste is only necessary just to fill in the microscopic imperfections, then shouldn't you only need to apply a thin layer, and then scrape the excess away? Kind of like when you're plastering a hole in a wall? But, I assume it's also going to be useful to fill a concave, or convex surface. (Think I saw someone sanding down their cpu lid before.) It would have been nice to see an application of "too little" paste. Like spreading a tiny amount around on the lid with your finger.

Vor 6 Tage
Thanos Marg
Thanos Marg

Old school overclockers from back in the day of early Athlons did exactly that. First they lapped the heatsink flat and then they put on a small amount on the heatsink and proceded to scrape it off in a way that would push the paste into any miniature groove. Then they would apply the thinnest layer (some used a razor, I was always a fan of a good old credit card since the plastic can't scratch away the metal). All that to shave off 2-3 degrees off your temp and get just a few more Mhz so you could get bragging rights on your OC and Prime95 scores.

Vor 3 Tage
Tony Melo
Tony Melo

Wheres the laugh emoji.... this video is hilarious. Well done, it made me laugh.

Vor 6 Tage
buddy moore
buddy moore

are you sure you don't put thermal paste in the socket, it always worked for me! thermal paste is important

Vor 6 Tage
GreatTick420
GreatTick420

i used to think pea sized was the way to go, now im team thin spread.

Vor 6 Tage
Thanos Marg
Thanos Marg

I was always Team Thin Spread since I started building PCs at the time of the first Athlon XPs (very hot with no IHS) and back then the quality and most importantly the texture of thermal paste was quite dubious. The new best thing at the time was the Arctic Cooling 5 which had great thermals PLUS didn't stick everywhere while cleaning. After that some things stick on you

Vor 3 Tage
BroodjeBaksteen
BroodjeBaksteen

NO i didnt enjoy the intro, it hurts my soul

Vor 6 Tage
TheNetherwalker
TheNetherwalker

Lol "Paste Whisperers"

Vor 6 Tage
William Hamann
William Hamann

Laughed HARD at intro

Vor 6 Tage
SuperPondre
SuperPondre

Naaah, to little

Vor 6 Tage
Brian Foster
Brian Foster

Ok but, what's the claw hammer used for? I wanna see that tooling use...

Vor 6 Tage
ThM_ Dj
ThM_ Dj

there will be always someone who thinks he is smarter than other person :) no matter what you do. so many youtubers did address this already but it never stops :D

Vor 6 Tage
Micheal Eagles
Micheal Eagles

I know this may sound stupid, but could make the same video, shorter, and use two pieces of glass to show how much gets spread, and judge the pressure that gets applied to the CPU and match that. You could clearly see the spread, and how much gets covered. You can also use light to see what spots would have thinner areas. I watched a video on putting tile flooring down, and thought maybe the same method could be used here. Both flat surfaces, getting as much air out as completely possible.

Vor 6 Tage
JoroJugga
JoroJugga

Meh... why use paste at all

Vor 6 Tage
ElectroBraap
ElectroBraap

That intro was so triggering, good job

Vor 6 Tage
Gizmoriderful Ye
Gizmoriderful Ye

LOOOOOL THIS CHANNEL!!! Putting whole tube of paste and throwing it around computer too 0:15 THIS IS BUYLLSHIOT

Vor 6 Tage
Darkskies Vincor
Darkskies Vincor

well.. back in those days, when thermal paste are conductive, it's actually safer to use the blob or pea method other than the rest. Because when those thermal grease ooze out of your processor and leaked onto the board , got trap between the transistors or any capacitors, it spells a disaster. However, these days, it's no longer any concern how you apply. It does not give any significant difference on how you apply it unless the 1 decimal place difference is really that important to anyone.

Vor 6 Tage
Tatsuhiro Satou
Tatsuhiro Satou

I cringed at wasting a tube of thermal paste the mobo put me over the edge.

Vor 7 Tage
Andrej Tag
Andrej Tag

Thermal porn, nice.

Vor 7 Tage
Stefan Misch
Stefan Misch

I'm missing "No Thermal Paste" in this comparison.

Vor 7 Tage
The Can
The Can

I just pour a bucket of thermal paste in to my case and it coats all the components and keeps my system running quiet and cool.

Vor 7 Tage
Chin Narciso
Chin  Narciso

That freakin intro 😭😭😭

Vor 7 Tage
HUBBABUBBA DOOPYDOOP
HUBBABUBBA DOOPYDOOP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4Who's this young fella?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL1C8LrsBto

Vor 7 Tage
Tylor Miranda
Tylor Miranda

xDxDxDxD that opening!!!

Vor 7 Tage
Jazzy Penn
Jazzy Penn

A part of me died in the intro

Vor 7 Tage
iWin Rar
iWin Rar

that last one i dont think was enough.

Vor 7 Tage
chckycrk
chckycrk

Fuck the entire beginning of this video

Vor 7 Tage
louiethepitt
louiethepitt

wahahahahaha

Vor 7 Tage
Stefan Ranđelović
Stefan Ranđelović

i always spread thin layer of grease over cpu with plastic bag, in my opinion this is the best method

Vor 7 Tage
Dsmwarrior1996
Dsmwarrior1996

Diamonds aren't conductive to electricity, so unless there's silver in it, I don't see a problem with it contacting the board, same as the paste your using

Vor 7 Tage
chongolongos
chongolongos

Less is more, more is less. War is peace.

Vor 7 Tage
Al The
Al The

Would be fun to see the result of no thermal paste

Vor 7 Tage
Ray's Projects & Reviews
Ray's Projects & Reviews

The start of the video is 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

Vor 7 Tage
Ray's Projects & Reviews
Ray's Projects & Reviews

But it is meant to be like that

Vor 7 Tage
Thijs Brundel
Thijs Brundel

I remove the silver thing on the cpu and apply it right to the cores!

Vor 8 Tage
Coen Bijpost
Coen Bijpost

That was too little thermal paste! You could’ve ruined those chips! You should put the pc in a bath tub and fill it to the rim! Omfg!

Vor 8 Tage
WizardsNipple
WizardsNipple

The type of people that complain about thermal paste application are the type of people that have watched 5 Linus tech tips videos and now all of a sudden are professionals...

Vor 8 Tage
chris casseday
chris casseday

I apply thermal paste on my 8086!  :)(You have to have worked on one to get the joke.)         ;)Research it.

Vor 8 Tage
G B
G B

every whining little entitled millennial got levelled by the very start of the video, REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE LOL

Vor 8 Tage
Randomly Entertaining
Randomly Entertaining

When you applied the "insane" amount of paste, I swear I could hear a CPU drowning lol

Vor 8 Tage
ikiwyu
ikiwyu

Enthusiasts when it comes to thermal paste: pea size = 65C Slightly larger pea size = 99C

Vor 8 Tage
Colonel Sanders
Colonel Sanders

RRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Vor 8 Tage
Eduardo Avila
Eduardo Avila

The real only difference is on crappy laptop/desktop heatsinks wich doesnt touch propperly the ihs. Then thin spread dont work, and you have to use the big blob mode so it at least touches the processor and heasink. The rest? Be creative, make a happy face :D

Vor 8 Tage
Derek Scheffler
Derek Scheffler

that was very funny

Vor 8 Tage
himynameistim
himynameistim

lol best intro

Vor 8 Tage
Will L
Will L

May Jesus Christ forgive you

Vor 8 Tage
Hector J. Roman P.
Hector J. Roman P.

I love your workshop.

Vor 8 Tage
Lito290
Lito290

I loved the explanations given about how the tests were done and why we should care about thermal paste in the first place but jesus I needed to slow the video to 0.5 speed to catch everything.

Vor 8 Tage
polkad3vtab
polkad3vtab

But, the instructions (I always read instructions) say a pea size drop!

Vor 8 Tage
HeftyJo
HeftyJo

I repair laptops for a living and can't tell you how many system board swaps I have under my belt. Can confirm that fears about how much thermal paste to use are immensely overblown. Repairs for thermal issues are usually from dried out paste or occasionally because of impurities in the cheap paste the manufacturers use that have hard chunky bits that prevent the heat sink from sitting flush. Dell did have an incident, I believe with the E6410 or 20, with a manufacturing defect in the heat sink that caused almost half the CPU to not even be covered by the mating surface of the heatsink. And even then it was only when the laptop was pushed for a good bit that you had any inkling that something wasn't right because the fan was going bonkers and the CPU throttling was terrible. I'll pull up a heatsink and see some novice application of paste where the whole syringe was squirted out everywhere but the laptop had zero thermal issues. If you hear me bitch when I come across such a situation it's mostly because it's a PITA to clean it up.

Vor 8 Tage
contramundi1
contramundi1

I always use thermal paste underneath and atop of the cpu. that way the heat can escape to the cooler AND the motherboard. Glad im not the only one

Vor 8 Tage
steffankaizer
steffankaizer

i am sad that people nowedays literally dont know how paste works. maybe there are some people who go through a tube of toothpaste in a week lol. but maybe the manufacturers should just make the goddam surfaces flat like it is standart in all other industries

Vor 8 Tage
HScarlet
HScarlet

I just installed an Arctic cooling i33 and they wanted me to apply the thermal paste four stripes for the four pipes. Didn't like it, I hope I didn't use too much. Should fall under 'reasonable' hopefully.

Vor 9 Tage
TechyEsp
TechyEsp

I Fucking new it was a joke and my heart still felt like stopping 😅😅😅

Vor 9 Tage
CheSLAV
CheSLAV

FunFact: With the same thermal paste, and the same amount of it, both times +- 1% perfect aplication of it, AMD FX something coper cooler had only around 10°c lower temperatures than AMD Athlon 64x2 5200+ aluminum stock cooler, both coolers were as clean as possible

Vor 9 Tage
Andrew Acosta
Andrew Acosta

Loved the intro, thermal paste in the socket lol

Vor 9 Tage
Carstuff111
Carstuff111

I know it is an older video, but I have to say, I have used both the pea sized blob and building a dam around the edges of the heat sink and a flat card to spread the paste like mortar. Both methods have worked for me, with equal success. I still prefer to smear it like mortar, but when in a hurry, the pea method netted me (at least) the same temperature numbers either way.

Vor 9 Tage
polishman669
polishman669

Seeing you put the paste on the board gave me cancer. lol

Vor 9 Tage
userdude32
userdude32

Why no control with no paste?

Vor 9 Tage
Nick Aguila
Nick Aguila

You monster

Vor 9 Tage

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