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Sony's Thermal Sheet Good As Paste For CPU Cooling 195

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "Sony has demonstrated a thermal sheet that it claims matches thermal paste in terms of cooling ability while beating it on life span. The key to the sheet is a combination of silicon and carbon fibers, to produce a thermal conductive layer that's between 0.3 and 2mm thick. In the demonstration, the same CPU was cooled by thermal paste and the thermal sheet side-by-side, with the paste keeping the processor at a steady 53 degrees Celsius. The sheet achieved a slightly better 50 degrees Celsius. The actual CPU used in the demonstration wasn't identified. Sony wants to get the thermal sheet used in servers and for projection units, but I can definitely see this being an option for typical PC builds, too. It's certainly going to be less messy and probably a lot cheaper than buying a tube of thermal paste."
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Sony's Thermal Sheet Good As Paste For CPU Cooling

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  • by Higgs Bosun (2676655) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:06AM (#40673935)

    ...from another manufacturer. Nice to have but not vital, so sorry Sony, you don't get my money.

  • by Gr8Apes (679165) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:07AM (#40673959)
    Thermal paste for a typical CPU installation runs in the pennies, but you do have to buy a whole tube. I'll bet you a dollar this sheet for a single CPU install runs in the dollars. This is Sony we're talking about, they need profitable revenue to offset their sinking Blu-Ray-PS/3 ship, among others.
  • Re:thermal paste? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hughJ (1343331) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:17AM (#40674089)
    Paste of some kind is extremely important. New retail CPUs with stock heatsinks though usually come with some sort of paste pre-applied onto the base of the heatsink.
  • by Chas (5144) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:24AM (#40674191) Homepage Journal

    probably a lot cheaper than buying a tube of thermal paste

    Are you on drugs? This is SONY we're talking about. They're right up there with Apple for "We'll slap our logo on some old, shoddy crap and charge three times the going rate!"

    Seriously though, I'd want to duplicate their test setup before I believe their numbers. TIM pads may have superior lifetimes, but pastes tend to have superior surface coverage.

  • Re:not to mention (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @11:34AM (#40674321)
    Eh why is this modded down as Troll? It's relevant to any Sony discussion.

    People remembering things like the Sony rootkits is a GOOD THING. It makes other companies that might have done the same thing say "wow, Sony did that and destroyed whatever good name they might have had, even years later lots of people remember that and STILL don't want to buy from them. Say, we better not make the same mistake because we want more sales, not less".

    You think corporations get away with too much? You want to keep them in line? This is one good way to do that. It's one of the few you can do yourself. Most others require a politician who's not completely corrupt.

    It's like so many of you can't handle life or something. You want to live in a fluffy-bunny fairytale world where there is no such thing as a legitimate complaint. So you down-mod all complaints with no regard for legitimacy. Because that'll make it just go away, right? There really are people this stupid and shallow and short-sighted. You can tell because they always defend some corporation that acts like a bully and act offended that people don't like that. I believe this kind of idioicy occurs more than I believe Sony hires shills.
  • Re:not to mention (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @12:13PM (#40674787)

    Just because Sony is making the thermal sheet does not make a whine about Sony's rootkit at all ontopic. The moderation was correct and justified.

    Unless this thermal sheet is going to be phoning home, it's not at all relevant and detracts from the quality of this discussion.

  • Re:not to mention (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @12:29PM (#40674947)

    People remembering things like the Sony rootkits is a GOOD THING

    I don't know about you, but my memory is good enough to not have to be constantly reminded in almost every Sony related article to remember about the rootkit thing or other Sony screw ups.

    Moderation, bro. Remind me once in a few, sure. For the record, the GP/Op was funny (as of this writing he got the funny mod). Your post, however, is killing that fun.

    It's like so many of you can't handle life or something.

    I don't know about you, but to me, being able to handle life includes being able to handle a few random strangers modding some comment on the Internet as "troll", and not letting a few Sony shills (supposing that's the case and not just all in your head) get to you.

  • Re:not to mention (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DigiShaman (671371) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @12:52PM (#40675251) Homepage

    It's relevant to any Sony discussion.

    No it's not. It's one thing to hold past grievances against a company that have wronged you. It's your choice to not do business with them. However, you shouldn't have a bias against a product that has absolutely nothing to do with prior products of dubious functionality. This is a THERMAL PAD, not a root kit. There is no relevance here.

  • by Gravatron (716477) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @02:43PM (#40676765)
    Because slashdotters have an irrational hatred of all things sony. It's like they killed their parents or something. They cheer on any anti-sony activity, even criminal activity, as a result. I've never been wronged by the hardware side of sony, it's the music or movie group that tends to be anti-consumer.
  • Re:not to mention (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Gravatron (716477) on Tuesday July 17, 2012 @02:46PM (#40676805)
    Learn the difference between sony and sony BMG. The hardware folks, videogame folks, etc had nothing to do with the rootkit, and had no knowledge of it's existence. The hardware folks tend to be very good to any honest, paying consumer.

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