Out of thermal paste? Use Nutella instead


— 4:32 PM on February 9, 2015

World Nutella Day was last week, and the folks at Cooler Master celebrated by using the stuff as thermal paste. Seriously.

When paired with a basic air tower, the hazelut chocolate spread keeps a fully-loaded FX-8150 processor under 50°C. Pretty impressive for an eight-core chip with a 125W thermal envelope—and for something most people put on toast.

This isn't the first time unusual substances have been used in place of thermal paste. Dan's Data tested Vegemite and toothpaste against a bunch of thermal compounds more than a decade ago. The verdict? They all perform similarly, at least for stunt demos and short-term tests. But you're better off with real paste over the long haul, even if it's the cheap generic stuff.

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