What happens if you don’t remove old thermal paste?
Remove the old paste from the CPU.
If you don’t you could get bubbles in between the CPU and heatsink, and it would affect the performance of the cooler..
Can I use water to clean off thermal paste?
As for the liquid that you’ll use to clean the thermal paste, it’s recommended using 99% isopropyl alcohol as it evaporates swiftly and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue. … Well, we don’t recommend just any other liquid you can find in your home, and regular water is out of the picture.
What can I use to clean off thermal paste?
The best option is a microfiber cloth but paper towel will do in a pinch—it leaves behind much less material than toilet paper. As for the rubbing alcohol, the higher the concentration the better. I generally use 99% as it evaporates quickly.
Can I remove thermal paste without alcohol?
If you don’t have any alcohol, use the toughest paper towel you can find. Do not wipe from the outside in, wipe from inside out. So opposite of butt wipes. This is to prevent the paper towel from snagging on the corners and causing a bunch of fibers to go flying all over the heatsink.