Introduction

Adding thermal paste to your laptop

First off you'll need to locate a disassembly guide for your machine and follow it carefully to remove the logic board.
  • First off you'll need to locate a disassembly guide for your machine and follow it carefully to remove the logic board.

  • If you haven't already, this would be a good opportunity to follow a guide for replacing the thermal paste.

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The aim here is to sandwich thick thermal pads under you MacBook's heatsinks to contact the upper case, and atop them to contact the bottom cover.  This will help conduct heat away from the machine by effectively making the entire unibody one big heatsink.
  • The aim here is to sandwich thick thermal pads under you MacBook's heatsinks to contact the upper case, and atop them to contact the bottom cover. This will help conduct heat away from the machine by effectively making the entire unibody one big heatsink.

  • On my machine, a mid-2010 15 inch MBP, I needed to use three strips of a 2mm thick thermal pad under the centre heatsink, two strips under the side one and one strip atop each to make contact with the bottom cover.

  • Try to use enough layers that the heatsinks are in good contact, but not so many that anything needs to bend to fit back.

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tobeejike

Member since: 12/02/2016

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Have you measured the temperatures on same CPU and GPU load, prior to and after the mod?

gis - Reply

I did, this cooled my system by 15 Celsius. Case is so Hot near fan and Heatsink, but thats how I know its really working. I thought I would need to stack the thermal gap filler but 1.5mm actually sandwiched perfectly under heatsink & vent as well as above fan. Thanks for this awesome guide! I Recommend placing this in your ram as well cuz why not?

Shahid Ibrahim - Reply

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