View Full Version : G53SX thermal paste / A.C wifi upgrade

04-02-2015, 05:29 AM
My 3 year old g53sx recently max temp recently reached 88c while compiling stuff on linux and while gaming on windows my fan sounded even louder leading me to think i should redo the thermal paste.

I have a tube of artic mx4 and i am practicing myself redoing my p5ld2 servers heatsinks but i would still like some advices on how to do it since i have trouble getting the right amount of paste. (Sucessfully repaired an old radeon graphic card fan and redid the paste too, but i still consider myself a noob with paste since i still have awfull temps on the old towers)

I dont fear opening my laptop or any computer since i am pretty much bulletproof in static prevention...(or paranoid) here is my setup :
* 3 layer antistatic mat on a drawing table with borco rubber of which the metal frame is the common ground point
* add to that antistatic gloves with fingertip grip over my wrist strap
* blue antistatic lab coat and crocs(barefoot)

Using this setup i sucessfully opened twice my laptop with no problems
1- removed my original disk and replaced it with a samsung 850 pro for my gentoo
2- added another 256GB ssd for windows recently.

But since the procedure for thermal paste is pretty much a complete dissasembly i wonder if i should get esd safe tools?

While i open the laptop to redo the paste i think i should upgrade the wifi card too to benefit of my asus AC router but my google-fuu has not suceeded yet in telling me if this can be done on the g53sx.

EDIT: so far this card looks interesting but i wonder if there is a better one that will use full ac bandwith.

Can the g53sx run 32gb ram depsite the board info specifiying 16gbmax? and if so which ram would you recommend?

04-02-2015, 06:33 AM
Here is some info to help with AC wifi card compatibility (redacted for security purposes)

lshw (detailed hardware info) http://pastebin.com/2fQyWA9w

dmidecode (more info) http://pastebin.com/ZqLa7bLe

04-02-2015, 03:27 PM
I'd recommend IC Diamond, it's what the community uses for rog laptops.

When using a thick paste such as ICD I usually get some hot water and soak the sealed tube in it before applying the paste. The trick is to get it nice and warm so it softens up a bit.

Here's a link to ICD and the application process.


04-02-2015, 06:11 PM
Your setup is more than fine for disassembly. It's not exactly hyper-sensitive hardware we're talking about here. IC Diamond is good and so is the Noctua NT-H1 I use at home. But if you already have mx4 I'd just use that honestly.

That Intel 7260 card should work nicely in your laptop.

04-02-2015, 08:12 PM
What about this wifi card? http://www.unex.com.tw/wi-fi/daxa-92

And this ram? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233217&cm_re=204pin_so-dimm_ddr3_1333_pc3-10600-_-20-233-217-_-Product

04-02-2015, 11:07 PM
Afaik your laptop have 2 antennas. So that 3 antenna card is not optimal.