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So last week, I showed a co-worker of mine how to apply Arctic Silver and explained to him how you are supposed to use very little. I made sure that he knew how little to use by repeating it a few times then telling him some more and did I mention he was watching me?

Anyways, one day when I wasn’t at the office, I asked him to help me troubleshoot a server. I thought that it might be a CPU that went bad so I asked him to try each one (dual processor motherboard) individually which of course, meant that he would have to remove the processors which in turn leads to cleaning and re-applying the thermal compound (See “How to apply Arctic Silver.”)

 
Before applying Arctic Silver 5

Before you apply Arctic Silver 5 on your CPU make sure you clean your heat sink thoroughly. I personally prefer to use ArctiClean because it is the quickest way to get rid of that pesky thermal pad. If you don’t have ArctiClean, you can always pick up some isopropyl alcohol at your local grocery store. ArctiClean

Who will find this useful? You will find this article useful if this is your first time using Arctic Silver 5, or if you finally got around to replacing your good ole’ AMD Thunderbird (1.33mhz) CPU with one of those shiny new Dual Core AMD64 (or Intel Core 2 Duo if you swing that way) processors and you are just looking for a refresher course.

This article will go over the steps you should take prior to applying thermal compound to your CPU like removing the thermal pad which comes with most stock heat sinks, and cleaning and preparing your CPU. If you know how to do this, you can skip ahead to the next step: How to apply Arctic Silver 5 to your CPU

 
How to apply Arctic Silver 5 on your CPU

Remember all the steps you had to take to apply Arctic Silver 3? Things have changed. The process is much simpler now.
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Who will find this useful? Anyone that needs help applying Arctic Silver 5 on your CPU or if you are just looking for pictures to make sure you applied the correct amount of thermal compound.

You don’t have to spread the thermal compound across the top of the CPU anymore. Also, you don’t have to put anything on the heat-sink prior to mounting.

Arctic Silver 5 :: Dual Xeon CPU
Arctic Silver 5 :: Dual Xeon CPU angle

You should only apply a small amount to the center of the CPU (not the heat-sink) before mounting the heat-sink to the motherboard. The pressure of the heat-sink will spread the compound for you.

For a P4, you should only need to use the amount equivalent to about one (1) uncooked short-grains of white rice.
For bigger processors, for instance an AMD64, Intel Core 2 Duo or Xeon you should only need to use the amount equivalent to about one and one half (1-1/2) uncooked short-grains of white rice. Here is a closer screen-shot of the processor (Intel Xeon Socket 604 Processor):

Arctic Silver 5 :: Intel Xeon CPU close up