I am reading up on Prime95 to see if it is safe to use on my Laptops after applying Thermal Paste. I know this is software, but the point is the effect on hardware, how safe is it and is it really needed?
I understand this may not be critical to most users, but some of use want to make sure we are keeping are hardware cool as possible, and sometimes I do run it quite hard. I also understand that some CPU's run hotter than others, at least this has been my experience.
Some of my laptops run a little hot, but probably not overly hot, as I'm not usually pushing them. So as you see, don't really know if they are running as cool as they could or should be. I've been using Artic Silver and have read all the info at their site, but still not convinced that 200 hours of use will make a difference or not, and if so, will running Prime95 actually speed this up as many have said?
Artic Silver Site Quote:
"Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity. (This period will be longer in a system without a fan on the heatsink or with a low speed fan on the heatsink.) On systems measuring actual internal core temperatures via the CPU's internal diode, the measured temperature will often drop 2C to 5C over this "break-in" period. This break-in will occur during the normal use of the computer as long as the computer is turned off from time to time and the interface is allowed to cool to room temperature. Once the break-in is complete, the computer can be left on if desired."
If this takes longer "without a fan" (as quoted above) then what good does running Prime95 do? I thought the idea was to heat things up so that ArticSilver Material would bond the Heatsink to the CPU, and this bond (I would think) would be the object of all those 200 hours, and, (not mentioned how many) thermal cycles.
What the heck does "hours" have to do with anything, and why don't they mention heat at all? I would think heat (as many have suggested on the www) would be the most important thing, including a few heat cycles along the way.
Please, anyone with experience with this I would love to hear what you have to say.