What is the Best Way to Apply Thermal Grease? – Part 1

Our Tests

The table below presents the results of our measurements.

Thermal Compound Quantity Room Temp. Core Temp. Difference
Tiny dot 15 °C 50 °C 35 °C
Small dot 15 °C 50 °C 35 °C
Bigger dot 15 °C 52 °C 37 °C
One stripe 15 °C 51 °C 36 °C
Two stripes 15 °C 51 °C 36 °C
Spread 15 °C 52 °C 37 °C
A lot 15 °C 53 °C 38 °C

In the following graph, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the cooling performance achieved.

How to apply thermal compound

Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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