Posted 15 March 2007 - 06:22 AM
Not using some kind of thermal compound can damage the processor, whether you are overclocking or not. The thermal compound does not need to be thermal paste (in fact, it seldom is), but you need something. As I said earlier retail processors come with a thermal pad already applied to the heat-sink and as long as your friend mounted everything according to instructions everything is fine. If he doesn't have any form of thermal compound he risks damaging the processor.
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