15" rMBP (Mid-2012) Thermal Paste Swap

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AkramHD, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. AkramHD macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2013
    Hey guys

    I'm about to perform a thermal paste swap on my 15" rMBP for the first time, using this tutorial:


    I'm using:
    ARCTIC MX-4 Thermal Paste
    Arctic Clean Thermal Material Cleaner & Surface Purifier Kit (to clean the surface of the heat sink and processor before reapplying thermal paste)

    So before I perform this procedure, seeing as this is my first time ever opening up my MacBook, or any laptop in general, I'd like to be extra careful so I don't break anything. I'm looking for any helpful tips, or just things I should be careful or wary about. ANY advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you :)
  2. GhettoMrBob macrumors regular

    May 21, 2014
    That paste is conductive. Just avoid getting it anywhere but on the dies of the CPU & GPU. It doesn't take much for it to spread when the heatsink is placed back on.

    Good luck and post back some before/after temps when you're done.
  3. AkramHD thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2013
    Will do! I should be receiving all the tools I need next week, so I'll keep you updated with the results after I'm done.

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