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How do you know if you've applied thermal paste correctly?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

This is my first time applying thermal paste to a CPU and I'm wondering how do you know if you've applied it correctly (so it covers the whole of the CPU). Once you've screwed on the CPU cooler, can you take it off and check the CPU and just screw it back on?

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You don't, and removing the cooler and putting it back on means you still don't, as that often causes air pockets which is why its always recommended to clean it off and re-apply if you do that - so you'd still not know.

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You can but I recommend just looking at your load temps.


Moved to Air Cooling. 

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Applying thermal paste will never be %100 perfect corners of the chip will always be uncovered, don't stress about it too much honestly. And checking it over over again is not a good idea.

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