Screwdriver needed when applying thermal paste to GPU & CPU?


I bought a 5-point screwdriver and thermal paste in order to apply thermal paste to my mid-2012 retina mbp.

However, when following the guide, I noticed that there is description missing when you wanna take off each 4 screws on CPU and GPU. And they are 6-point screws.

So, my question is, is there a SINGLE 6-point screwdriver that I can buy in order to continue my work? (I am a student so I don't want to spend 30+ dollars to purchase a tool kit, just prefer to get everything i need to apply thermal paste.)

Thank you very much for your advice. However I believe the official thermal paste post needs to be updated. Tool information is misguided.

Edited by: chenqin317 ( )

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First, this machine should still be under warranty which you are about to void. Second, replacing the thermal paste should not be needed for about four years. Third, All you need is a T5 driver: T5 Torx Screwdriver See the guide: MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement

You don't remove the processors, just the logic board.

Edited by: mayer ( )

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T5 Torx Screwdriver

Use to take apart your electronics. Swivel top handle with precision tip driver. — 50+ available at 4.95 each.

Thank you for your information, mayer. However, when I search macrumor and fixit, there are several post already stating how to apply thermal paste and reduce 10-15 celsius degree on a retina mbp and they are happy about it. I use mine for gaming a lot. (about 2 hours per day and 10 hours a week; I know it's not a gaming laptop) Hence do you still suggest me to apply it or not? Thank you again. PS: I bring it to a physical apple store for courtesy maintenance check but seems like apple staff did nothing. I opened the back panel today and cleared lot of dust from fan :(


The thermal paste is still going to be fresh, re-applying will not help. Take a look at a Koolsink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lctNG2Bmm...


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