I have a 1700x with a cooling graphite thermal pad and a be quiet! pure rock slim 35.14 CFM cpu cooler.
I placed the thermal pad onto the 1700x and attached the cooler with its thermal paste still on the sync.
I'm unaware if its suggested to wipe off the thermal paste that was on the cooler but I didn't.
I watched Linus's video about the thermal pad and it performed pretty well compared to mine.He was running a i9 7980xe and got 24 c ambient an 59 c max load. Compared to my 1700x I idle constantly between the 40-50 range and whenever its about to drop below 40 c, the cpu spikes up to 50. Also, when under full load it could hit up to 80+ c. I know these temps aren't to crazy but I'm just confused as to why my idle temp is at 40-50 and never drops below 40. Could it be that my cooler just sucks? Paste shouldn't be used with the thermal pad?
P.S My PC also has good airflow so that shouldn't be a problem