Application Instructions for Premium Silver Thermal Compound
on a large contact area
(Intel P4 AMD64)
Arctic Silver, Arctic Silver II, Arctic Silver 3 and Arctic Silver 5.
Don't put it in your mouth. .
Don't give it to children or leave it where children can get a hold of it.
Keep it away from pets.
Follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to clean it off of yourself, your CPU, and other
While much safer than silver greases engineered for high electrical conductivity, Arctic Silver
thermal compound should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. The compound is
slightly capacitive and could cause problems if it bridged two close-proximity electrical paths.
Never turn on a computer without a heatsink properly mounted on the CPU with a thermal interface
material between the CPU core and the heatsink. A modern high-performance CPU can be
permanently damaged in less than 10 seconds without proper cooling.
Arctic Silver is a grease and does not have any adhesive qualities. It will never dry or set and
cannot be used to glue a heatsink to a chip.
To permanently glue a heatsink to a chip that does not have any other attachment method, please
use Arctic Silver Adhesive or Arctic Alumina Adhesive.
We do not recommend using Arctic Silver on the older slot type Intel Xeon processors with large
multiple square inch CPU to heatsink interfaces. The huge contact area and large gaps between
the processor and the heatsink require a thermal pad or thick mesh-reinforced paste.
Arctic Silver can be used on socket type Xeons without a problem.
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