Comrade wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:36 am
I am pretty new to the Raspberry Pi. When I was setting up my Raspberry Pi 3 I forgot to add the thermal stuff that came with it. Is it important? If so, how can I remove the heat sinks, apply the thermal compound, and put them back on?
The Pi does not cater to heatsink. If you attached one, it was from a 3rd party. How it attaches, is a mystery to anyone else who does not know which kit you bought.
It would help us, help you, if you could mention that, please.
Additionally, a heatsink is considered a non-necessity on a Pi. While it has its place (I am one person who definitely requires one), the majority of Pi users don't require one, the Pi will work just fine without a heatsink. If you try to do a lot of work (such as play games or browse the internet), then the Pi may heat up, but this will also cause the Pi to regulate itself to safe limits. The negative side to this is performance will take a hit, but you can rest assured the Pi can never burn itself out because of lack of a heatsink.