Thermal pads are an integral part of modern cooling technology. They play a crucial role when it comes to protecting electronic components from overheating. In this blog article, we would like to introduce you to an interesting alternative to conventional thermal conductive pastes – graphite thermal pads.
Graphite thermal pads are highly thermally conductive pads made of natural or artificially produced graphite. They offer an ideal alternative to high-end thermal conductive pastes and are characterized by their easy handling and durability.
Compared to thermal pastes, the installation of graphite pads is child’s play. While the application of thermal paste requires a lot of experience to apply it thinly and in the correct amount, the installation of a graphite pad is simple and straightforward.
Another advantage of graphite pads is their durability. As they do not contain any liquid, they do not dry out and do not need to be replaced regularly. They retain their performance over a long period of time and leave no residue. A graphite pad can be easily removed and reused, saving time and money.
However, it is important to note that graphite is electrically conductive. Care should therefore be taken during installation and direct contact with electrical components should be avoided to prevent short circuits. This is an aspect where caution is required.
Difference between graphite and gap-filling thermal pads
It is also important to note that graphite pads are not suitable for all applications. They are not designed as gap-filling thermal pads and are therefore only available in low thicknesses. Gap-filling pads are used for RAM and power supply chips to fill larger gaps. Here, pads that are thicker are required. Graphite pads, on the other hand, are perfect for CPUs and GPUs where there is direct contact with the cooler and microscopic cracks or irregularities in the surface of the cooler need to be filled.
Thermal paste or graphite thermal pad?
The decision as to whether to use thermal paste or graphite pads depends on various factors. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, the pad should be placed on as flat a surface as possible to ensure optimum thermal conductivity. Thermal paste may be more suitable for uneven surfaces, as it fills the unevenness better.
If you have any further questions or are interested in graphite thermal pads, please send us a message. We will be happy to help you and find the best solution for your individual needs.