PS4 Thermal Paste Myth


by Steve Porter August 17, 2016

PS4 Thermal Paste

We hear this one all the time...things like "My PS4 won't turn on, is it from bad thermal paste?" or "Will thold thremal paste cause my console to not show a picture on the TV?". These are just a few examples of things we have heard. Now please keep in mind that I'm not putting anyone down or making fun of them for asking the question. I highly encourage people to ask questions until they are comfortable with the answers. Unfortunately we live in a world where anyone with a camera and internet connection can make a video, blog post of website about whatever they want...and even more unfortunately, many people believe them. I want to take some time here to talk a bit about thermal paste and clear up some of the myths floating around.

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What do we know?

First of all please know that I do not pretend to be an expert on the science of thermal paste. I don't make it or study it and I don't even know that much about the paste itself. I do however know what it's for and what needs to be done to make it work correctly. I'm coming from the angle of an experienced repair person. We've repaired hundreds of PS4's and Xbox One game consoles and in most of those repairs we've removed the thermal paste and applied new when re assembling the device. Everything written here (and on most of our website) comes from our experience.

 

What is Thermal Paste there for anyway?

Thermal paste really has one job. It's there to transfer heat from the APU to the heatsink. The main chips in computers, game consoles, etc. generate heat...lots of heat. If they were not cooled they would simply burn themselves up. It's like the coolant (anti-freeze) in a car. It's just there to transfer heat.
If the PS4 thermal paste was bad (and it does happen) then it would not be able to transfer heat correctly and the device would likely turn the fan all the way on and eventually most devices would just shut themselves down. Most computers and game consoles these days have a safety that will cause them to shut down in the event of overheating.

What problems can it cause?

Thermal paste really only causes one problem in the game console world and that is overheating. Even this is a rare event though. Sometimes it can dry out so much that it actually can't transfer heat anymore. Keep in mind while thinking about this that manufacturers probably do not usually put the best or most efficient paste in their devices. They likely just put in the kind that will keep their machines "cool enough". This means that you can usually upgrade the thermal paste to help your game console run cooler. This is especially helpful for custom built computers that generate a lot of heat.

 

What problems does thermal paste not cause?

Other than overheating, you can bet that your problem is NOT caused by the thermal paste. There are a lot of people out there who claim that it causes all sorts of problems, but it doesn't. Out of the hundreds of consoles and computers that we have fixed exactly 0 have been fixed by replacing the thermal paste. Here is a list of things that are definitely NOT caused by it:

  • PS4 blue light of death
  • Xbox One not starting
  • Wii U flashing blue light
  • PS4 turns on then back off
  • No display on the TV
  • No power
  • HDMI port problems
  • Anything else other than overheating. 

What's Causing My PS4 to Overheat Then?

Thermal paste alone is very, very rarely (if ever) the cause of overheating on a PS4 (or Xbox One for that matter). Most overheating problems are caused by dirt and debris built up on the heat sink. With the heat sink plugged there is no way for the fan to push the air through it to help it remove the heat. The other really common cause is a faulty fan. Many, many people blame their overheating game console on the thermal paste when that's not the actual cause of it. 

 

Conclusion


Just because you heard it from someone you think should know, or a Youtube video, or a blog, etc. does not mean that it's true. It sounds like a great answer to your problem and an easy fix (which is probably why a lot of people believe it) but it's much cheaper and faster in the long run to figure out what the real problem is and fix that!

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Steve Porter
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6 Responses

alvin
alvin

August 10, 2018

well i recently had a problem with my ps4, i was playing my game then all i seen was a red light. Confirming that the ps4 was overheating, but before that my ps4 was making a noise that sounded like the fan wanted to run but always stopped. So i looked on youtube and seen your video and cleaned my heat sink and remove thermal paste. ill get more tomorrow, but i wanted to know was it the fan that had problems or the debris from the heat sink causing the fan not to work properly. ( they had a good bit of debris in the heat sink)

Mj
Mj

August 10, 2018

I opened my ps4 pro. I changed the thermal paste. Now my ps4 fan going crazy loud

Juan
Juan

June 12, 2018

my ps4 wont turn on no more at first it would turn on but for like 5 seconds so yesterday I decided to open it and clean it for my self watch tips online and everything right but i didnt saw nothing for thermal paste well i didnt knew it was even there at first so i didnt make any research so when i got to the thermal paste i was like what is this i thought it was something that wasent supposed to be there so I removed it all and clean it good but now it wont turn on at all i dont know if this is the problem what can i do or Where can i buy the thermal paste to see if i could fix it is because i dont want to buy a new ps4 that cost 400 dollars if i could buy the thermal paste that cost less than that

Bo Vice
Bo Vice

February 24, 2018

Joselito Maldonado, its dry because you haven’t played the system enough to melt it

Joselito Maldonado
Joselito Maldonado

November 20, 2017

I like a lot of your video on u tube because u guys no a lot about console i do as well just got a xbox one x and the thermo paste was dry as well and ps 4 pro

Liam Parker
Liam Parker

October 30, 2017

Could not agree with you anymore, I fix game consoles in my spare time and started with the Xbox 360 Arcade, and every time someone would say “I watched a video once about overheating, its defiantly the thermal paste” when actually the whole Xbox was just covered in dust. thank you for posting this, its about time someone said it. :)

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