How to *Properly* Apply and Remove Thermal Compound


About two years ago, I posted a tutorial on applying thermal compound to a CPU. With over a quarter-million views, it’s now my most popular video on youtube. Due to its huge success, I decided it was time to post a follow-up tutorial, with an improved application technique, and instructions for how to remove existing thermal compound.

Admittedly, the previous tutorial did not employ the best possible application technique, and although it will work just fine, the new technique described in the video below does make for superior temperatures. This video was filmed by Zach Lynn, and narrated and edited by myself.


  1. What an incredibly lame tutorial! What’s next, how to pick your nose?

  2. John, don’t be a twat.

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