using stock paste, then using Gelid GC Extreme or Kingpin kPx
Gaining access to the heatsinks in laptops is far from trivial, it's definitely not "user serviceable". So I don't think it would be relevant to 99.99% of the users.
I suspect not even 0.01% of the users HERE open up their new laptops to change paste.
(Not that it wouldn't be interesting.
First of all, a 2-3 active old users HERE are irrelevant. The goal of any business is to expand and attract a new users. And you just cannot do this unless you are actively trying to post unique content before anyone else (in case of websites like hardware review ones).
Second, thanks for sharing your assumption about heatsinks in laptops being "not user serviceable" or what you think about relevance of repasting to users in general, but it is wrong.
Let me give you a little history: I used to do minor laptop repair (at a private shop) for a living some time ago. I quit doing that but I still help friends/relatives with their laptops and spend a lot of time on various subreddits, Notebookreview forums, laptop manufacturer forums and similar places. And there is a HUGE amount of people who do a repaste to their laptops (and other electronics, like gaming consoles), even people who have never done this before
, even using liquid metal and even on abominations like new Alienware m15 r2, Asus Triton 500 or MSI GS65 with the flipped motherboard on them. Why? Because it is still NECESSARY to do if you want to prevent triggering thermal throttle point or just want to have less noise from the tiny high-RPM fans on most modern laptops, especially on thin laptops, regardless of their price - from cheap Dell G5 (which you can find for less than $1000 on Dell Outlet even with 6-core 8750h and very decent 1660ti GPU enough to play most multiplayer FPS games at highest settings) to overpriced stuff like Alienware m15 r2 or Gigabyte Aero 15, laptops which can be configured with OLED displays and can cost around $3000 at max config and which still use junky thermal paste which dries up very quickly and has poor thermal conductivity. Some people do it just for bragging rights, some do it out of boredom. The point is, they do it. Go read MSI, Asus, Alienware and Dell subreddits, you will see plenty of posts by many users. Same goes for official forums for these brands.
I ESPECIALLY suggest reading about new Dell XPS on these subreddits or forums - a total disaster in terms of cooling which was mentioned even in review on site like Notebookcheck (they still had to give it a high review score because they receive free review samples from Dell
and cannot be overly critical since Dell might stop sending them anything). And providing detailed step-by-step instructions on how to repaste or do additional modifications will allow even more people to do that, people who were afraid to do it because they could not find any guides and people who would share the link to your site with other people after successfully doing that.
Buying review hardware is no way to make a viable website. I agree it's different, but is it different in a way that people actually want to visit? You don't just have to make up for your time investment, now you've got to make back the money put into the notebook. It seems like a big financial loss to me when we're talking about buying laptops worth actually owning.
Maybe. Or maybe not. Why not give it a try first? Or is it better to regurgitate same exact content that a lot of other sites posted (using "review samples" which were provided to DOZENS of other reviewers at the same time and which put certain restrictions on reviewers) and get few pennies from a person who, say, accidentally chose your site even though he could get same content from dozen of other sites?
Of course, this is up to each site owner to decide - whether they want to expand by providing unique content or by letting the site slowly wither down. And judging by the fact that TR still doesn't have:
- reviews for latest Nvidia "Super" cards (excuses do not matter, all cards and extra personnel needed to run benchmarks and compile data and put the data in readable format could've been already made available with some extra financial investment)
- reviews for latest AMD cards (see above before making excuses)
- no job offers for paid staff, only laughable offers for "guest editors" with "exposure" as payment (I know some artists who did work like creating backgrounds/icons/art for some streamers on Twitch, one of the worst way to insult them as a streamer is to tell them "draw this stuff for me, I will not pay you but I will give you exposure through my viewers")
- an owner who would not be ashamed to introduce himself
I already know where this site owners stand
And my example in previous post was not targeted towards TR but was an example of providing genuinely unique and useful content in general.
Gifter of Nvidia Titans and countless Twitch donation extraordinaire, nothing makes me more happy in life than randomly helping random people