I have the latest Raspberry Pi 4 (8gb edition), I'm using my Pi as a server to host a website, and to host a Discord bot that is being used in more than ~800 servers right now.

I overclocked my Pi, and I noticed that it was getting hot in the official casing of Pi 4, so I decided to get ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan by 52Pi, which helped much to reduce the thermal issues. With the fan, the temperature of my Pi is usually ~40℃ (104°F).

ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan by 52Pi.

The ICE Tower did come with thermal pads/stickers. Since I also have thermal paste at home, I was wondering if using thermal paste before applying the thermal sticker would help to reduce the temperature even more?

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    Best way to find out is to test it. You know the temperatures when it's not applied, so apply it and measure again ;)
    – Swedgin
    Jun 4, 2020 at 11:36

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Your question should be "Which material has a lower thermal resistance: thermal paste, or thermal pads"? The material with the lower thermal resistance will keep the temperature of your components coolest for any given heat sink.

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According to the people at arctic, the thermal paste "out-performs" thermal pads - meaning their thermal resistance is lower. So yes - thermal paste should help reduce the temperature of your RPi.

You could confirm this by tracking your CPU/GPU temperature using both methods (paste and pads) over a period of time while running a benchmark stress test.

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