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Change Thermal Compound?


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#1 tenz

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:12 AM

Hey Guys,

I have an E-machines (dont laugh) T6528, most parts have been upgraded, but the motherboard and chip (Athlon 64 3500+) are original.

I came across a blog story once about thermal compound, and how the OEMs, and especially the "discount" brands, were using the compound incorrectly, either too much, or too little. Not to mention, they were also using the lower quality paste. They also did tests and showed that the "premium" thermal pastes were many times more effective, and had chips running at substantially lower temps. Unfortunatly, i cannot find the post again to link to or to get full information.

Being that I am working on 6 year old hardware, would you guys recommend getting some/applying of the "premium" thermal compound?

To be clear, I am not expierencing any problems. Ihave noticed the fan starting to spin up a bit more than before, but performance is actually great for such an old board and chip.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:16 AM

If it aint broke don't fix it. You can check for dust build up in the fans. If its not overheating I would leave well enough alone.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:04 PM

I totally appreciate the if it aint broke mindframe... That being said, I was thinking more for the future and the longevity of the older parts. If the processor runs at a lower temp, in theory it should extend the life of the chip?

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 01:40 PM

What does Everest Home free and Coretemp say about your cpu temp?

http://majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

Idling below 40C and maxing in the low 50's at the highest? C not F

Edited by DaChew, 06 June 2010 - 01:48 PM.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:47 PM

Actually, i seem to be idling at about 52 and typically running from 57-64

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:54 PM

I have basically the same CPU, it's a 3000 overclocked(25%) to a 3500's speed

Coretemp reports mine idling at 32C(premium heatsinkfan with superpremium paste)

The tmax for my cpu is 52C, above that and you are more likely to burn up the cpu prematurely

Good airflow in a roomy case help a lot.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:55 PM

I would definitely clean the fans
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