I’m still on the fence about whether or not I should keep my MSI GS63VR or sell it and get a smaller, lighter laptop for travelling. It’d be sad to part with it, as I’ve invested a fair amount into upgrading the laptop (new M.2 drive, new HDD, new display) and people generally don’t like buying laptops that the user’s opened up. (Based on my initial attempt to sell the laptop, anyways.)
Having watched quite a few tutorials on applying liquid metal (Gamers Nexus delidding videos, etc) I’m pretty confident I could apply the liquid metal without any issues. And after watching LTT’s recent video on applying LM to a laptop, it’s hard to believe I could screw things up more than they did on their first try! But those thermal results were pretty outrageous.
I’ve already opened up my laptop and re-applied the thermal paste once, I used Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, and saw 5C to 10C lower temps–depending on the core–using Dolphin’s CPU benchmark. (I used that as my benchmark and test my undervolt because that was the kind of workload I was aiming for.) So, as far as disassembly and application is concerned, that should be a walk in the park.
The issue is, I don’t know how to be sure what material my heatsink is made of and select a suitable LM compound. Furthermore, I don’t know whether a clear barrier (like the nail polish GN prefers) around the CPU/GPU dies will be adequate to protect my entire laptop. Can anyone help me understand the risks of LM scattering inside my machine and help provide suggestions for managing them? I’ve heard you can use electrical tape to help create a barrier, could I just make a rectangular “trap” around my CPU and GPU and be safe?