Never heard of thermal pad.Atomic Rooster said:A "doable substance"? What do you mean?
No, it shouldn't get fried from using thermal paste. You're supposed to use that stuff unless you're using a TIM (thermal pad) instead.
won't most cpus these days automatically shut down if they get to hot to avoid permanent damage...? case in point, the "fried" cpu I picked up Friday from the guy at CompUSA, which btw is currently humming along in my pc at the massively underclocked rate of 2.4ghz (it's a 3.0ghz Northwood)...Atomic Rooster said:The stuff you have is fine. It's all about the same anyway. Temp differences range between 3 and 5 degrees depending on the brand. So don't worry, your CPU isn't going to fry.
is there such a thing as using too much thermal paste...? the cpu I got was practically stuck to the heatsink, I had to clean off the excess paste from the side with alcohol and a q-tip, then wait for the alcohol to seep in between the heatsink and the cpu in order to pry them apart...Atomic Rooster said:Yes, most all motherboards have BIOS settings that will automatically shut down the system in case of an overheated CPU.