Article ID: 000031328 Content Type: Product Information & Documentation Last Reviewed: 07/12/2021

Does the Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor Include Thermal Paste and Fan and Are They Required for the Processor?


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Are you looking to know if the Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor comes with thermal paste and fan. Are there any recommended fans?


The K processors do not include any heatsink nor thermal paste in the package. Please check Which Intel® Boxed Desktop Processors Ship without a Fan Heatsink?

The heatsinks included in the regular processors have thermal paste adhered to them. The CPU does require thermal paste so the heat can be properly released.

The processor does require a thermal solution/fan and needs to be ordered separately from the processor. For the Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor you can use one of the following options:

You can also use third-party thermal solutions. Look for the following Thermal Solution Specification: PCG 2015D (130W).

Take into consideration that the thermal solution has to dissipate the TDP of the processor according to the specifications on It also has to match the CPU socket and the motherboard socket.

  • Thermal Design Power (TDP): represents the average power, in watts, the processor dissipates when operating at Base Frequency with all cores active under an Intel-defined, high-complexity workload.

To get the best third-party thermal solution for the processor we recommend contacting the cooling solution manufacturers.

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