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How to Apply Thermal Paste on Your CPU

So let me ask you a question … How do you apply thermal paste on your CPU?

Well in today’s video, we’re going to show you how to do just that!

Applying thermal past is important as it will help transfer the heat more effectively from the CPU to the heatsink or waterblock.

I use Arctic MX-4 thermal compound, which is pretty good. They’re cheap and affordable and you can buy these from Amazon. The links are down below.

Now there are several ways of applying thermal paste … some use a single pea-size drop, while others use a intricate design such as five dots or an X shaped pattern.

I personally use a pea-size drop. Now I know a lot people say that’s not eonough, but all the years I’ve building PCs … I haven’t encountered a single problem. But, having said that, I think it’s time for a change.

Whatever the method you use, here’s a quick video, to show you how to apply thermal paste on your CPU, and the results you’ll be getting. Enjoy.



Test Rig

CPU Intel Core i9-14900K @ 100% Full Load, default clock speed
Cooling Thermaltake TH360 V2 Ultra Sync AIOCooler
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming motherboard
Ram Lexar ARES RGB DDR5-7200 32GB kit
EXPO/XMP profiles Yes
SSD/HDD Lexar NM800 Pro 2TB PCIE Gen4
PSU Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W 80Plus Gold
VGA card ASRock Radeon RX 7900 XTX Phantom Gaming 24GB
Drivers Lastest Software Adrenalin from AMD
OS Windows 11


You can by the Arctic MX-4 Thermal Compund for around USD $6.99 from Amazon –


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