thermal paste for overclocking

Aug 10, 2008
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i have a core 2 duo e8500 at stock speeds right now with the stock intel hsf.

my temps right now at low load are 52C (core0) and 42C (core1). should there be such a large discrepancy in core temps because 10C seems like a lot.

i bought a xigamtek 1283 and it came with some thermal paste. is this fine or is there better 3rd party thermal paste, which would keep the cpu cooler?
 

scruffypup

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Feb 3, 2006
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The thermal paste that came with it is fine to use. If you are wanting every last bit of cooling you can get,... then some compounds will give you a 1-2 degree difference, but unless you are overclocking to the extreme and still having heat issues it really wouldn't matter one bit.
 
Jun 14, 2008
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10 degrees between cores doesn't sound right - are you sure you got all four pushpins on the HSF inserted all the way?
 
Aug 10, 2008
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all 4 pushpins are completely in. i'm gonna use the vertical line method of applying thermal paste when i put the 1283 heatsink on.
 


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