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Liquid Metal cooling a nintendo switch

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so linus has shown that using liquid metal thermal paste helps laptops and phones, but what would happen if the switch's stock thermal paste was replaced by liquid metal?

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in theory it can help. Here is a tear down guide on how to do it should you choose.

 

 


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What's with the obsession to put liquid metal on everything?
Anyway, the cooling solution for the switch is pretty good, but made of many metal layers and thermal pads. using liquid metal on the chip itself won't help the rest of the chain.


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15 minutes ago, DesertWing said:

What's with the obsession to put liquid metal on everything?

Probably the same reason I delidded a low power edition pentium

 

@TheRandomness has actually done this, it was my idea lol

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It's conductive though you don't want to get the stuff on anything. Gotta like spread it then wipe the rest off. It probably works great on dies. 

I'll probably end up trying that being I still have some. But I want to see how bad the Intel Tim their using now is...it looks like some of those real Generic tims. 

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I’ve done this, as @iamdarkyoshi has said, but due to the fact that there is no thermal monitoring software on the switch available to users.. well, I haven’t noticed a difference. I’ve actually modded the metal plate on my Switch so that it, well, doesn’t exist, and I’ve taken the RF cover off of the SOC. It’s now making direct contact to the heatpipe, so in theory it’d cool better regardless. 


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There's no real point in doing so. You won't be extracting any extra performance from it


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@TheRandomness do you have BotW? It has some frame drops/skips normally when docked. Do your game/s have frame drops/skips?

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On 3/24/2018 at 8:37 AM, Coaxialgamer said:

There's no real point in doing so. You won't be extracting any extra performance from it

What you will do is void the warranty, risk the health of the internal components (LM is fucky stuff to work with, eats aluminum and embeds itself in copper, and is conductive), and lower the overall reliability of the console. 😎


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On 3/24/2018 at 3:15 AM, RGBLinus said:

so linus has shown that using liquid metal thermal paste helps laptops and phones, but what would happen if the switch's stock thermal paste was replaced by liquid metal?

It's not worth the risk of f'ing it up by fixing a problem it doesn't have...not to mention your warranty will be gone.

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