A thermal pad is often times already attached to a heatsink, and covered with a piece of plastic. It is used to help transfer the heat from the core of the CPU to the heatsink.
Thermal paste is usually a substance that is self applied, and it much more efficient at transferring heat between the CPU core, and the heatsink. An example of such a product is Arctic Silver II, for directions on applying follow the link to ArticSilver web site in the recommended links section.
by BrushedTooth edited by FastEddie
last modified: 2004-02-07 13:52:36