Thermal Paste: Is it Important?

rabeel

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I just received my CPU (core i7 920) and I was wondering whether its okay for me to put in the CPU without the thermal paste just for the moment.

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No never. thermal paste is important for CPUs because both metal surfaces are not completely flat. so there will not be enough contact to transfer heat without the paste. especially if the heatsink is not machined well. Metal on metal is never sealed enough. It is the reason why gaskets were invented in cars. to seal the metal-metal contact of parts of the engine.

Edit: Just out of curiosity what happened to the thermal paste that intel pre-applied to the heatsink?
No never. thermal paste is important for CPUs because both metal surfaces are not completely flat. so there will not be enough contact to transfer heat without the paste. especially if the heatsink is not machined well. Metal on metal is never sealed enough. It is the reason why gaskets were invented in cars. to seal the metal-metal contact of parts of the engine.

Edit: Just out of curiosity what happened to the thermal paste that intel pre-applied to the heatsink?
 
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rabeel

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It's pre-applied? I didn't know that. So it's okay for me to just put it in?
 

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