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The reason I like PK1 so much is because I use the "tinting" application method, and it's the perfect consistency for the method while also having a verylow aamount of solvents. Tinting is basically using the TIM to act as an abrasive between the two surfaces, micro-polishing them against one another, then cleaning it off with something like a razor so that any of the particles embedded in the tiny microscopic grooves remain. Then you can use an extremely smallaamount of paste in a dot in the center and allow pressure to spread it. The difference can be substantial, I usually see anywhere from 4-9C compared to regular application.

Also, since you have never applied paste before, don't follow the "pea size", that's too much. Use the size of a BB, and make sure that the paste DOES NOT cover the entire heatspreader, but rather it should make a circle whose edges just touch each of the four sides of the IHS, but don't extend to the corners.
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The reason I like PK1 so much is because I use the "tinting" application method, and it's the perfect consistency for the method while also having a verylow aamount of solvents. Tinting is basically using the TIM to act as an abrasive between the two surfaces, micro-polishing them against one another, then cleaning it off with something like a razor so that any of the particles embedded in the tiny microscopic grooves remain. Then you can use an extremely smallaamount of paste in a dot in the center and allow pressure to spread it. The difference can be substantial, I usually see anywhere from 4-9C compared to regular application.

Also, since you have never applied paste before, don't follow the "pea size", that's too much. Use the size of a BB, and make sure that the paste DOES NOT cover the entire heatspreader, but rather it should make a circle whose edges just touch each of the four sides of the IHS, but don't extend to the corners.

Sounds a bit too advanced for me atm wink.gif But great info for the future nevertheless!

Yeah it has been suggested buying a bit 'extra' paste to test how to apply it exactly.
Why exactly leave some space free? Isn't that potential surface area wasted?
Also, so you recommend spreading it manually, not just pressing the block onto it?

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Basically tinting is a very very light coat wiped off to get thermal paste in the pores and crevices in the heatsink/cpu lid. The pressure from the heatsink will spread the thermal paste so you don't have to. I send to do two small lines on my cpu's though pea/rice size works just as good if not better.. Habits die hard. frown.gif
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HERE'S an interesting post that may help explain the process....



When I say that you don't want it to cover the IHS when using the "Dot/Line + Pressure" Method, I mean it should look like this:


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