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Total noob question...I'm finally getting some free time to finish my PC, and I want to make sure I'm applying the right amount of Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste, and the placement is correct. My first application and removal was in the shape of a grain of rice. I did a small twist left and right, then tightened it down. I took it off to see how it looked, but it seemed a little bit off. The second time I tried my best to center it, then tightened it down without twisting. I snapped 3 pictures of the first installation, then 1 of the final amount that's on there now. Is this OK??




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It dosen't really matter if you center the Thermal Paste. How are your temps? also i think you could use a little more TIM (spread it on the CPU)
    
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Small dot (pea size) and set the cooler.

Should be good, never spread it manually.
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with my d14 i did the pea size method, worked great
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Doesn't matter.

As long as its a small dot and the cooler is well screwed, its OK.
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Originally Posted by Alex Zivojinovich View Post
Total noob question...I'm finally getting some free time to finish my PC, and I want to make sure I'm applying the right amount of Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste, and the placement is correct. My first application and removal was in the shape of a grain of rice. I did a small twist left and right, then tightened it down. I took it off to see how it looked, but it seemed a little bit off. The second time I tried my best to center it, then tightened it down without twisting. I snapped 3 pictures of the first installation, then 1 of the final amount that's on there now. Is this OK??
If those are after it was fully tightened down, then no you should have better coverage than that. There are some other techniques on the web of how to do todays larger cpu's and heatsinks. I did two small parallell lines on mine,, tested, liked the outcome and then cleaned it off and did again. My temps are great. I idle at 31-32, and load at 40.
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Pea sized is pretty huge. Don't you mean BB? Keep in mind that I haven't plugged it in, yet. The heat should spread things around, correct? Also, one of the pics is of the Noctua's base. I don't see what the benefit of one dot in the center is vs. an X or parallel lines. A dot doesn't get much coverage. Chips are square.
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I see what you guys mean by pea. You're talking about the shape, not the size. I tried to accomplish that in the last pic. Should I just see what the temps are and go from there?

In another thread on here, someone posted a link to a video of different thermal paste application methods visible under glass. Pea method is the best for thinner paste, but this stuff is pretty thick.

Thank you for all the responses so far!
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post #9 of 15
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Small dot (pea size) and set the cooler.

Should be good, never spread it manually.
Why shouldn't you spread it manually?
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I see what you guys mean by pea. You're talking about the shape, not the size. I tried to accomplish that in the last pic. Should I just see what the temps are and go from there?

In another thread on here, someone posted a link to a video of different thermal paste application methods visible under glass. Pea method is the best for thinner paste, but this stuff is pretty thick.

Thank you for all the responses so far!
I think you are using too much, based on the pics. It looks too thick when you pulled the sink off.

Use about half as much as you are using now.

I have used this paste exclusively for about 2 years now, and done about 40-50 applications with it (have been though 2.5 tubes).
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