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Question Trying to cool ps4 pro

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I was wondering if I can use thermal paste instead of thermal pads on my ps4 pro. Where there already exists thermal pads. Thanks
 

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Many times thermal pads are used because the gap between the heat spreader and the part is not consistent or even enough to use paste. When you look at GPU heat spreaders they frequently use thermal pads instead of paste for things like chokes and VRMs because they need to cover several of them and can't guarantee a consistent height from part to part. It's much simpler to use a thicker compressible pad to ensure everything has good contact.

Could upgrading to higher quality pads help? maybe. Pads are relatively cheap so it doesn't make a lot of sense that Sony would cheap out on pads to cut cost on a piece of critical cooling structure. You'd be further ahead cleaning dust out and making sure it has plenty of airflow.

You could also go crazy and water cool the thing. Will it give you better FPS...no. But it could be a fun and challenging project.
 

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