What is a Thermal paste & what does it do?
Thermal paste, also known as thermal grease/compound, is a commonly used thermally conductive compound which is often used between the CPU and the CPU cooler in order to increase thermal dissipation. The main role of the thermal paste is to remove any air pockets that might reside between the CPU and cooler which could act as thermal insulation.
Why is thermal paste important in gaming?
Thermal paste is an important factor when it comes to gaming, mainly because CPUs that aren’t efficiently cooled will start to run slower – also decreasing their life expectancy. Since the CPU is one of the main factors in gaming performance, you can easily see why a slow running CPU could be problematic to your gaming experience.
Best thermal paste for gaming
Some factors to consider before purchasing thermal paste are; fluidity, longevity, and thermal conductivity. Whilst these results aren’t that easy to find, we regularly review them to give you the best advice as to which product to buy depending on your budget & gaming level.
How to apply thermal paste to my CPU
Once you’ve purchased your thermal paste you’ll be wondering how exactly you apply it to your CPU (it’s definitely not by using your finger or a credit card). We’ve put together a handy guide on how to apply & remove thermal paste the correct way.