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ByIgorWallossek OCTOBER10,201311:00PM

3. TheDifferencesBetweenAMDAndIntelHeatSp

Cooling

ConvexandConcaveHeatSpreaders
Tomakemattersworse,heatspreadersarenotmerelyrough,butduetotheway
they'remanufactured,theyaren'tlevel,either.Thefollowingdiagramexaggeratesthe
problemforthepurposeofillustration:

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TheTomsHardwareteamismadeupof
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AMDsheatspreadersareslightlyhigherinthecenterandIntelshavehigheredges.
Frommyperspective,AMD'sapproachisbettersuitedforcooling.Duetothemounting
pressureoftheCPUcooler,thethermalcompoundisthinnestwheremostoftheheat
needstobetransferred.Thus,IntelCPUsdeserveperhapsatouchmorethermalpaste,

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HowThermalPasteSpreadsunderPressure
Thefollowinganimationillustrateshowthermalpasteescapestothesideswhen
pressureisapplied.Later,welldiscusstherelationshipbetweenapastesfluidity(how
"liquid"itis,theoppositeofviscosity)andthemaximummountingpressureindetail.
Fornow,letsjustsaythatapastewithlowviscosityismoresuitableforlowpressure
mountingmethods,likeIntelspushpinmethod,thana"hard"paste.

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TheDifferencesBetweenAMDAndIntelHeatSpreadersThermalPasteComparison,PartOne:ApplyingGreaseAndMore

Thetechnicalspecificationsofathermalpastesthermalresistancedonotnecessarily
predictitsrealworldperformanceforaspecificcombinationofCPU,paste,andcooler.A
goodheatsinkcanbecrippledbyamismatchedthermalcompound.Agoodmatch
betweencoolerandpastecanachievemorethanjustblindlychoosinganexpensive
thermalcompound.

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1. EverythingYouWantedToKnowAboutCoolingACPU
2. InteractionOfTheHeatSpreaderAndHeatSink
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4. ChoosingTheRightPaste:MoreThanAMatterOfPrice
5. ApplyingThermalPaste,PartOne
6. ApplyingThermalPaste,PartTwo
7. WhyDoWeTestEachPasteInFourScenarios?
8. GetReadyForTheThermalCompoundBenchmarks!

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Nicearticleandbookmarkedforreference.Lookingforwardforthenextpart.

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