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All tests are based on the preface that the TIM will spread. Some TIMs just don't spread. The ones that don't spread easily are some of the best TIMs.
Edited by AMD2600 - 6/9/11 at 12:34pm
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Their applications of thermal paste look very sloppy. For example, in their "single line" application, it looks like the thermal paste was squeezed out of a toothpaste tube, and it's a mess all over the CPU before the HSF is put on. I've squeezed a nice, thin line out of a tube of AS5 that looked much nicer than that (and yielded far less TIM on the IHS), and didn't spill over the edge of the CPU, as it appeared to be in the "after" picture for that application. Same thing for the two-line method.
    
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i use my credit card
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Originally Posted by KOBALT View Post
I usually empty the whole tube. More means better temps, right?

Sent from my DROIDX
As long as you've washed your mobo with soap and water first to remove any possible heat-causing contaminants!

No, please don't do this.
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i spread it with my finger
    
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I usually empty the whole tube. More means better temps, right?

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I just solder the IHS right to the cooler in question. Upgrades be damned!
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Their applications of thermal paste look very sloppy. For example, in their "single line" application, it looks like the thermal paste was squeezed out of a toothpaste tube, and it's a mess all over the CPU before the HSF is put on. I've squeezed a nice, thin line out of a tube of AS5 that looked much nicer than that (and yielded far less TIM on the IHS), and didn't spill over the edge of the CPU, as it appeared to be in the "after" picture for that application. Same thing for the two-line method.

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i use my credit card


This and this. I have mastered the art of applying a thin layer with a credit card, and was curious to see how they had done it. I checked the differences in temperatures and it was 2º C worse than the best. Then I went to see how they did it.

Now I must say their review is rubbish. Absolute rubbish. That is no way to apply a thin layer. You can see places almost without thermal paste and other places with too much in the borders, in general it didn't look like a thin, even layer; they clearly didn't take their time to do it right. Besides, different TIMs work best when applied in a different manner.

Forget this review guys. Just perfect the method you prefer on each different surface with the thermal paste of your choice and you will be fine.
Edited by tpi2007 - 6/9/11 at 1:44pm
 
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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.
A plethora of things could account for a 1 degree difference. That's why these reviews must be taken with a grain of salt.
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I dont use TIM, i use chunky peanut butter or steel wool, which ever is laying around.
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i always get the best temps using the spread method.
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