Noctua’s NA-TPG1 thermal paste guard is here to keep your Ryzen 7000 CPU nice and clean

Well, that didn't take long.


There’s no denying Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs are mighty impressive, yet while the ‘octopus’ heatspreader design looks unique, take our word for it: it’s a nightmare to keep clean.

Thermal paste inevitably gathers in the cutouts, as pictured below, and tidying those nooks and crannies requires some work.

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We speculated it would only be a matter of time until a cooler or motherboard manufacturer stepped-in to address the issue, only we didn’t expect it to happen quite so soon. Noctua has today announced one of the first workarounds in the form of an NA-TPG1 thermal paste guard for AMD AM5.

Priced from €7.90 as a standalone shim, or €9.90 when bundled with 3.5g of NT-H1 thermal paste, the simple-looking guard comes complete with 10 included NA-CW1 cleaning wipes and is made of heat-resistant polycarbonate promising “a tight seal around the edges of the CPU’s heat-spreader.”

NA-TPG1 thermal paste guard for AMD AM5

“While there’s no denying that AMD’s new Ryzen 7000 processors perform fantastic, we found that the cut-outs at the side of the heat-spreader tend to attract thermal paste that can be challenging to clean off,” says Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. “This is where our new thermal paste guard steps in: it’s a simple yet highly effective tool for keeping your new Ryzen 7000 series CPU nice and clean.”

Described as “simple and risk free,” Noctua’s NA-TPG1 looks a simple yet welcome fix for a surprisingly messy problem. You may have to wait a short while, unfortunately, as the product isn’t expected to become available until December. While users who appreciate Noctua quality may be inclined to hold fire, others can expect a whole raft of cheaply made knockoffs to start appearing on the web any moment now.