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Thermal paste or pad?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey guys,

I am working on a small emulation station on an old ASUS laptop. About 5 years. My question is would a thermal pad work better than paste to join the two surfaces? You can see the scuffs where they meet. I plan on cleaning the old factory paste off the cpu and reapplying. It seems pretty hard. This laptop was a complete turd from day one. Im hoping that doing this will help with the heat dissipation.Thanks for any advice.



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Looking at the default cooling, I'm not sure this laptop is worth the paste or pad

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a pad is easier for replacement down the line, no cleaning. It should still perform adequately.

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59 minutes ago, Philbo said:


Thermal Paste is really cheap, just use some.

A graphite pad is like $20, and a normal thermal pad ain't worth it for high power draw components.

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