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


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    Gamers NexusGamers Nexus

    Dauer: 20:58

    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 4 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 10 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 11 Tage
eddy edd
eddy edd

DUDE WTF IS WRONG WITH U OMGGG

Vor 15 Tage
SirSpiral
SirSpiral

That's too much thermal paste

Vor Monat
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 58 Minuten
Tatsuhiro Satou
Tatsuhiro Satou

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

Vor 4 Stunden
Andrej Tag
Andrej Tag

Thermal porn, nice.

Vor 5 Stunden
Stefan Misch
Stefan Misch

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

Vor 5 Stunden
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 8 Stunden
Chin Narciso
Chin  Narciso

That freakin intro 😭😭😭

Vor 8 Stunden
HUBBABUBBA DOOPYDOOP
HUBBABUBBA DOOPYDOOP

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

Vor 9 Stunden
Tylor Miranda
Tylor Miranda

xDxDxDxD that opening!!!

Vor 9 Stunden
Jazzy Penn
Jazzy Penn

A part of me died in the intro

Vor 9 Stunden
iWin Rar
iWin Rar

that last one i dont think was enough.

Vor 15 Stunden
chckycrk
chckycrk

Fuck the entire beginning of this video

Vor 20 Stunden
louiethepitt
louiethepitt

wahahahahaha

Vor 21 Stunde
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 23 Stunden
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 Tag
chongolongos
chongolongos

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

Vor Tag
Al The
Al The

Would be fun to see the result of no thermal paste

Vor Tag
Ray's Projects & Reviews
Ray's Projects & Reviews

The start of the video is 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

Vor Tag
Ray's Projects & Reviews
Ray's Projects & Reviews

But it is meant to be like that

Vor Tag
Thijs Brundel
Thijs Brundel

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

Vor Tag
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 Tag
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 Tag
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 Tag
G B
G B

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

Vor Tag
Randomly Entertaining
Randomly Entertaining

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

Vor Tag
ikiwyu
ikiwyu

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

Vor Tag
Colonel Sanders
Colonel Sanders

RRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Vor Tag
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 Tag
Derek Scheffler
Derek Scheffler

that was very funny

Vor Tag
himynameistim
himynameistim

lol best intro

Vor Tag
Will L
Will L

May Jesus Christ forgive you

Vor Tag
Hector J. Roman P.
Hector J. Roman P.

I love your workshop.

Vor Tag
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 Tag
polkad3vtab
polkad3vtab

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

Vor Tag
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 Tag
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 Tag
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 2 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 2 Tage
TechyEsp
TechyEsp

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

Vor 2 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 2 Tage
Andrew Acosta
Andrew Acosta

Loved the intro, thermal paste in the socket lol

Vor 2 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 2 Tage
polishman669
polishman669

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

Vor 2 Tage
userdude32
userdude32

Why no control with no paste?

Vor 2 Tage
Nick Aguila
Nick Aguila

You monster

Vor 2 Tage
Christian Grey
Christian Grey

I applied 2 tubes now my temps are 5 degrees below ambient. On air

Vor 2 Tage
floorpizza
floorpizza

At 10:51, you are supposed to be showing the chart for "Too Much Thermal Paste", but instead are re-showing the chart for "Pea Size", as you can clearly see at the top of the chart shown at the referenced time stamp. What gives?

Vor 2 Tage
Meeker Extreme
Meeker Extreme

I use Vaseline

Vor 2 Tage
Steven Moeller
Steven Moeller

I was chuckling by 0:15, and was outright laughing at 0:34 to the point that I drew the attention of others.

Vor 2 Tage
crazy scooby
crazy scooby

First 15 seconds are very painful

Vor 2 Tage
Matthew Golden
Matthew Golden

I use the 5 dot method....currently idling at 4* Celsius.

Vor 2 Tage
Krystal Myth
Krystal Myth

Never enough thermal paste. If you can see the processor honestly wtf are you even doing? Just give up.

Vor 3 Tage
issact
issact

The thermal paste gag got my sub, hahahaha

Vor 3 Tage
TednTin
TednTin

maybe next time use shitty thermal paste for these type of tests as they might show more difference if there is in the first place but for this experiment most probably it wont matter, at least for desktop cpu's

Vor 3 Tage
iLLaGe ViDioT
iLLaGe ViDioT

THIS IS WHERE THAT GOD DAMN GIF CAME FROM

Vor 3 Tage
Chancy Sanah
Chancy Sanah

you forgot 2 tablespoons of salt in your paste application lol

Vor 3 Tage
Black Lanner
Black Lanner

OMG that intro made me shake

Vor 3 Tage
Erik Joosten
Erik Joosten

you added the word thermal paste to many times in this video!

Vor 3 Tage
Zanatoas Drackard
Zanatoas Drackard

all these videos on how much paste to use. well I worked for a major computer corp. and on the line when we put in the cpu and the heat sink the robot uses the stander white paste and about the size of a pea. 1000s of PCs and 1000s of no issue with paste and cpu/heatsink. So there just use a pea size amount. and it don't matter if you use white or silver paste, they both effectively do the same job.

Vor 3 Tage
fernando
fernando

Geeez this sounded like a pain in the ass to test

Vor 3 Tage
Blake Cornforth
Blake Cornforth

Why not test without any thermal paste at all? Just for comparisons sake

Vor 3 Tage
Mike Dang
Mike Dang

I use KY jelly for thermal paste. Works great!

Vor 3 Tage
Chris
Chris

Paste whisperers 😁

Vor 3 Tage
Alexandre Melo
Alexandre Melo

Easy to solve: use an acrylic block to see how the thermal paste spreads into the processor. That's how i found out my method.

Vor 3 Tage
David
David

You keep saying "IHS" and "HEDT"… what do those stand for?

Vor 3 Tage
225Perfect
225Perfect

If you could precisely lap the IHS and the cooler so they fit together perfectly like gauge blocks, would thermal paste be necessary/would it work properly?

Vor 4 Tage
Zackery Toler
Zackery Toler

Me: Sees intro Also me: I think he needs more thermal paste Everyone else: STAP

Vor 4 Tage
jgfjgfify
jgfjgfify

Wait, why use thermal paste and not heatsink tape?

Vor 4 Tage
Butt Seriously
Butt Seriously

Heatsink tape obviously goes OVER the heatsink! It acts as a thermal conductor between heatsink and air, so you have to cover each heatsink completely.

Vor 2 Tage
Nick Panaggio
Nick Panaggio

My EYES

Vor 4 Tage
SolidCuerno
SolidCuerno

Damn...it ain't no PB & J sandwich...that's too much paste!

Vor 4 Tage
Nontas Anastasios
Nontas Anastasios

Its funny to me how GN uses delicate electronic components like they are industrial tools build to last in harsh environments. Dude you arent a miner....oh wait...maybe you are a virtual miner. Heh i take my initial thought back.

Vor 4 Tage
Alexander Roodt
Alexander Roodt

Its like an streaming fountain of thermal paste that goes on forever

Vor 4 Tage
Lawrence Lentini
Lawrence Lentini

Bring back Luke Tech Tips

Vor 4 Tage
Pysis
Pysis

so silly, that's why I like this channel

Vor 5 Tage
milev
milev

Well, you speak too fast and after 20 min video, I feel tired. Sorry but wont sub.

Vor 5 Tage
DR4GONDUDE
DR4GONDUDE

I need therapy after that intro...

Vor 5 Tage
Paranoid Lemon
Paranoid Lemon

the general response to the intro is probably a sharp inhale then "noooooooo......"

Vor 5 Tage
GNArmagenon
GNArmagenon

😂

Vor 5 Tage
Branden Frank
Branden Frank

3d printing specific dimensions of thermal paste could create applicable pucks (of some sort (( assuming you can preserve said puck would provide nominal performance)) Or even thin molds that don't lose there effectiveness. idk your thoughts?

Vor 5 Tage
Lambda Function
Lambda Function

See, it matters!

Vor 5 Tage
DreezTheHunter
DreezTheHunter

As far as I've always thought of it, thermal paste's function is to provide the most seamless and efficient bonding of cpu/whatever's interface to the heatsink surface. Therefore the highest concentration of heat-conductive material in a paste combined with the smallest thickness of said paste between the two surfaces is ideal. The perfect situation is welding he two surfaces together into one chunk. Welding is the goal. So theoretically, if you can have the surfaces touching, with thermal paste in the gaps, you'd have the best heat conduction. Paste is a conductor.

Vor 5 Tage
DreezTheHunter
DreezTheHunter

LOL

Vor 5 Tage
falcon470
falcon470

well i know this will probally get burried in the comments but i like to do a dot in the middle plus one dot on all 4 corners probally all 4 together will equal the size of the p to ensure that it spreads evenly acrost the entire heatsink kind of like this x x x x x

Vor 5 Tage
RetroGamerBB2019
RetroGamerBB2019

Just use caramel chew lol . I feel a very weird satisfaction while watching the intro. Thanks for doing this video.

Vor 5 Tage
ReliquiaR
ReliquiaR

WoW it hurts so much to watch this i got an pretty old pc and its really annoying and then i see this damn my heart xD

Vor 5 Tage
AtomicAJ74
AtomicAJ74

“But within the bounds of what a sane human might do...” 😝

Vor 5 Tage
Delicious Pizza
Delicious Pizza

Whirling Dirvishes, LOL!!! wtf.....

Vor 5 Tage
Anadia Shark
Anadia Shark

Pfff, you Peasants still bothering with Filthy Peasant Paste, I assented to Godhood of graphite thermal pad!

Vor 5 Tage
Daniel Why
Daniel Why

If I apply thermal paste to my RGB ram, will it help download it more efficiently?

Vor 5 Tage
Daishi
Daishi

i fucking died at "paste whisperers".

Vor 5 Tage
Hamasake Gagf
Hamasake Gagf

so acordign to graphs big blob or too much is the best for temp?

Vor 6 Tage
Byron Wellburn
Byron Wellburn

But what technique should I use in the winter?

Vor 6 Tage
Albrat Gaming
Albrat Gaming

I had always used the thin layer accross the whole IHS on every system I ever built. For two reasons i did this. 1. Because I thought it gave a neater look to the spread. 2. it used less paste than trying to get a blob to cover the whole IHS and I trusted that the paste covered the entire thing.

Vor 6 Tage
Cookie Gaming
Cookie Gaming

*goes to comments to see if anyone took it seriously*

Vor 6 Tage
Joshua Pineda
Joshua Pineda

This intro hurt me in ways I can not repair.

Vor 6 Tage
Stovall's Garage
Stovall's Garage

I knew this was coming.

Vor 6 Tage
damienlahoz
damienlahoz

FUCKIN LOVE THIS

Vor 6 Tage
Link
Link

Just use glue... Idk why people out here wasting money on a useless paste..

Vor 6 Tage
ScytheNoire
ScytheNoire

I was triggered by the amount of paste used. The mess. Oh the mess.

Vor 6 Tage
Silvar55x
Silvar55x

The intro is literally the best thing on YouTube. I've had to come back to re-watch it multiple times these past few days, since the first time I watched the video.

Vor 6 Tage
blarg harblarg
blarg harblarg

I just go pea size and i'm happy... I would be more interested in a paste test to see which paste makes it easiest to remove a processor without it sticking... (that's an issue if your an non-threadripper amd since their lever solution does not always hold the CPU solidly in place. (i'll give team blue a point for that) now days i often run the CPU hot before assembly so not a big problem... but it is a point of some concern for me when ever i move CPUs... it would be good to know which is the easiest paste to remove... (*puts on tin foil hat* i never use the factory crap for this reason... after all who has more interest in CPUs needing to be replaced then the manufacture... )

Vor 7 Tage

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