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slightly too much Thermal Paste?

100% normal and 100% fine. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I used ever so slightly too much Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound on my Ryzen 5 3600 with my CM Hyper 212 Black Edition, and on some sides of the IHS I can see very tiny amounts that have smooshed to the outside. Very minimal amount, and my thermals are great anyways. It's a non conductive thermal paste and it's a real pain in the ass to try reinstall the cooler again, just wanted to check, this should be fine right? It hasn't dripped or gotten onto anything in my case and the amount that squeezed out between the IHS and the cooler contact plate is very small.

 

A bit of a stupid silly question but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask.

 

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100% normal and 100% fine. 


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Not electrically conductive, non-corroding
While some high-end thermal compounds and pads are risky to use due to their electrical conductivity or corroding properties, there’s no risk of short-circuits with NT-H1 and it’s completely safe to use with any type of CPU cooler, regardless of whether it’s made from copper or aluminium and whether it’s nickel-plated or not.

https://noctua.at/en/nt-h1-3-5g

 

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Yeah it's fine, especially since it's not electrically conductive. No need to worry.

If you're a little on the extra side when it comes to thermal paste application, it generally won't be detrimental to cooling performance. It's when you put like a whole tube of TIM or actually too little/none when you'll lose cooling performance.


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1 minute ago, Mateyyy said:

Yeah it's fine, especially since it's not electrically conductive. No need to worry.

If you're a little on the extra side when it comes to thermal paste application, it generally won't be detrimental to cooling performance. It's when you put like a whole tube of TIM or actually too little/none when you'll lose cooling performance.

even then you wont as the mounting pressure will just squeeze all the excess out the sides. 


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1 minute ago, Mateyyy said:

Yeah it's fine, especially since it's not electrically conductive. No need to worry.

If you're a little on the extra side when it comes to thermal paste application, it generally won't be detrimental to cooling performance. It's when you put like a whole tube of TIM or actually too little/none when you'll lose cooling performance.

and as an added note, as GamersNexus mentioned, the retention force on most CPU coolers is well high enough to just push aside any excessive amount anyway, so unless you go some stupidly creative flavour of overboard, too much actually doesn't do much detrimental... to cooling performance at least.

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3 minutes ago, Skiiwee29 said:

even then you wont as the mounting pressure will just squeeze all the excess out the sides. 

 

3 minutes ago, fastfishy2 said:

and as an added note, as GamersNexus mentioned, the retention force on most CPU coolers is well high enough to just push aside any excessive amount anyway, so unless you go some stupidly creative flavour of overboard, too much actually doesn't do much detrimental... to cooling performance at least.

 

Exactly. It'll just be a pain to clean up lol.


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