In which of these cases would you use thermal grease?
A) To increase the efficiency of hard drive rotations
B) To modify the fan RPMs
C) To create a connection between a processor and a heat sink
D) To minimize vibration caused by the cooling fans
E) For the ball bearings. It’s all ball bearings these days.
The answer: C) To create a connection between a processor and a heat sink
Thermal grease or thermal compound is used to create an efficient thermal connection between a component and a heat sink. If you’re installing a heat sink, the connection to the hot component must be as thermally efficient as possible.
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