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Originally Posted by TFL Replica View Post
Bad temps are usually the result of

1)Improper cleaning of previous TIM
2)Using too much TIM
3)Incorrectly mounted cooler

Rather than whether you used a line or a dot or an X or a thin even spread.
Spreading can at times lead to air bubbles and that could cause some issues.
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post #42 of 106
I use small dots on each corner, then one small one in the middle. Then I smooth it out with the heat sink.
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Spreading can at times lead to air bubbles and that could cause some issues.
Some coolers will definitely have issues if you use the spreading method while others actually instruct the user to spread the TIM.
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They missed my method. Apply tiny amount, buff with a piece of saran wrap over your finger until it is a fine transparent haze, repeat on opposite surface. Mate.

I treat TIM as if it were a car wax, not cake frosting.

This works best with a cpu and a heatsink that are flat-lapped. If they aren't truly flat, I will do the above method and then add a tiny dot in the center.

The less TIM, the better.
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I spread mine over the cpu, been doing good since. Plus Arctic Cooling MX-4 was pretty tricky to spread.
     
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post #46 of 106
Never cared enough to try any other methods. The difference is so negligible I feel it isn't worth the trouble. I'm a small dot in the middle and clamp 'er down kind of guy. I do very slightly twist it once left and once right sometimes to ensure it spreads, then back to center. Never more than once though, you keep twisting and it could make it worse by causing more air bubbles.

I think the main thing is to not pick the HS back up at all once it makes contact with the IHS and not let any pressure off once you have gotten it to the pressure that the clamps, etc would put on it.
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All until the day they figure out how to make heatsinks have absolutely perfectly flat bases and there will be no need for TIM. I'll miss Tim

Oh god I made a pun someone end me.
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I'm disappointed that they did not use my "X" method :'(
    
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They missed my method. Apply tiny amount, buff with a piece of saran wrap over your finger until it is a fine transparent haze, repeat on opposite surface. Mate.
Probably the worst method. I explained why ages ago.
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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.
Good article!
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