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http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/What-is-the-Best-Way-to-Apply-Thermal-Compound/1303/1
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If there is one thing about computer hardware where there is no consensus, it’s the right way to apply thermal compound on a CPU. Today, we present seven ways to apply it, showing how the CPU looks after removing the cooler and how each way affects cooling performance.

Tiny dot in the middle method is the best. thinking.gif
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Not bashing you, it's good to share. Just saying this has been discussed thousands of times on OCN. thumb.gif
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Please keep in mind that these results apply to the hardware we are using, and a different CPU, cooler, or thermal compound can behave differently.

I always liked the article by benchmark reviews when it came to application since he also did other popular styles of application. You can find it here.

I personally have seen better results from the modified cross pattern on EK blocks, but the rice-grain has always been my favorite since air-cooling days. smile.gif
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Everyones got their own that works the best, and surely enough everyones setup is different!
    
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I wish TIM reviews would test longevity.

One of the arguments against the smallest application is that the contact patch is more prone to being exposed to air than with a bit more paste, and this could potentially reduce the longevity of the application.
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Originally Posted by Blameless;13806788 
I wish TIM reviews would test longevity.

One of the arguments against the smallest application is that the contact patch is more prone to being exposed to air than with a bit more paste, and this could potentially reduce the longevity of the application.

This.
    
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I've got my own way of applying thermal paste and it works perfectly. My 1090T's idle temperatures are on 36C with the Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler.
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They applied the lines too long in the two-line method. You only need 2/3 or 1/2 the length to get a good spread over the CPU without it spilling out, as it did with them.

Seeing as there was a 1 degree difference in their best results and this one, I'd say wrongful application can easily account for the difference.
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Who cares, everyone has their own way. I like doing a circular spiral starting from the center or a up and down zigzag line.
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I don't think there is enough significant difference in those results to declare a winner.
    
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