Liquid metal thermal paste is a type of heat conductor designed to be used between a CPU/GPU and a cooler base. It offers a higher thermal conductivity than regular thermal pastes and is often preferred by PC enthusiasts. However, it is extremely messy and can damage components if not applied correctly.
The most effective liquid metal thermal compounds are made from a mixture of gallium and indium, with some having as high as 73 W/(mK) thermal conductivity. These are the most expensive but offer the greatest benefit in terms of efficient heat dissipation. However, they are also the most difficult to use and can cause problems if spilled or misapplied. They are also electrically conductive and can short circuit your motherboard or other components if they come into contact with each other.
Some manufacturers include a syringe and cleaning pads with their liquid metal thermal paste products to help with application. However, it is important to note that liquid metal TIM can be damaged by alcohol and some cleaners. Therefore, it is best to only use a syringe with clean hands and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the compound.
Regardless of whether you are a hardcore gamer, a content creator or simply a tech enthusiast, there is no reason not to consider using a high quality liquid metal thermal paste. The benefits are worth the hassle, but be sure to take the time to properly apply it or you may regret it later on down the road.