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Thermal Paste Meets Football Field – AMD's Ryzen Threadripper, the Best Method and The Right Quantity in Laboratory Testing | Tutorial

Sometimes the best methods fail on the largest surface and that's why I once looked more intensively at the optimal method. Now with "Try and Error" you can apply paste again and again and then measure it elaborately, because you don't see how the paste actually spreads with the cooler applied. Well, really not? Me already!

The idea behind it was as simple as it was elaborate and I am still amazed that in all the years of the bitter dispute between bag, credit card and blob method trailers, no one has come up with the idea to check the paste in real time and visually during the screwing of the cooler and fastening kit. Isn't it possible? But, it goes, even quite simple! This is exactly why I had several universal radiator floors made of 1.2 cm thick plexiglass! Torsion stiff, completely flat and above all one thing: really beautifully transparent!

I also wanted to rule out bad coincidences and so, in addition to the normal screwdriver, a special torque screwdriver from my favorite factory manufacturer has to be brought to work in order to be able to reproduce the contact pressure better. Only in this way do the images and videos in the end also have the right to comparable and validity.

Ryzen Threadripper 1 and 2 vs. 3

Let's put aside the discussions about the chipsets and motherboards and just dedicate ourselves to the pedestal. In fact, purely in terms of dimensions and fittings, it will remain the same, thank God, no matter how AMD is now electrically uplifted, re-contacted or not. Important for us, the cooling and finally also the story with the paste sin alone the radiator surface and the occurring hotspots, The two photo montages below show beautifully what this might look like and that there is actually no significant difference in the area to be cooled and its positioning. So what fits now will also fit in November. Good insight!

Plenty of space for even more thermal paste (video tutorial)?

Some things are quickly shown and explained, but only elaborately described in writing. That's why I created this video, which beautifully illustrates the different methods and quantities. At approx. A short sound accident happened for 12 minutes, but that was completely lost in the stress. It doesn't bother any more, but might briefly frighten soft minds. So please stay brave, it only takes a few seconds 🙂

The finished surface leaves nothing to be desired and after a few minutes the preheated thermal paste reaches the last corner.:

If this image is projected again onto the open CPU, then you can see that it covers everything really optimally:

In keeping with the topic, I can already anteaser the test of the new Alphacool XPX Aurora Pro Plexi Digital RGB, which should certainly not give a bad picture here. Of course thermal paste with spatula, everything else would be pure blasphemy. 🙂

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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