Avoid thermal paste overload on your AMD Ryzen AM5 CPU with Noctua's guard

Noctua thermal paste guard
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A simple piece of plastic but a clever idea: Noctua has made a thermal paste guard to protect your AMD Ryzen 7000 chip from becoming an absolute mess once it's slathered in thermal paste. 

AMD has put together a wonderful looking heat spreader for its Ryzen 7000 CPUs. So wonderful, in fact, it's a bit of a nightmare to clean once you put much-needed thermal paste all over it. Every corner and crevice will get loaded with the stuff. But you might be able to make life a little easier with Noctua's new NA-STPG1 guard and cleaning set (opens in new tab).

The guard is literally a piece of well-fitting plastic and it sits around your processor to catch any paste that's squeezed over the edge of the heatspreader. The kit also comes with 10 cleaning wipes if you're a particularly mucky pup.

Ultimately, it shouldn't really matter if your chip gets thermal paste all over it. Most standard paste is non-conductive nowadays, so even if it does get over your processor, VRM, graphics card, desk mat, monitors, face, etc. you're probably alright, electrically.

If you do get thermal paste on your face, probably best to wash it off immediately, yeah?

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I imagine this kit will appeal a lot more to anyone that benchmarks overclocks chips often, or has a tendency to fiddle with things incessantly, as you really accumulate a lot of thermal grease on your chip when you're swapping them out and reapplying every couple of hours/days/weeks. I've had to get the alcohol out just to clean layers of gunk off even regular looking CPUs, let alone AM5 ones. The alcohol is to clean the chips, I'm not getting drunk before I start. Most of the time, anyway.

Noctua has only today announced the kit so as far as I can see it's not available anywhere to purchase just yet. That said, it is listed over on Amazon marketplaces across the globe, and you can find your local link here (opens in new tab).

AMD's Ryzen 7000-series CPUs are out now, though. You can find out what we think about them before you buy over in our AMD Ryzen 7950X review (opens in new tab) and AMD Ryzen 7 7700X review (opens in new tab)

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.