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Originally Posted by frizo View Post
It looks like you have a heatsink with direct contact pipes. It's possible that the grain-size method might not be quite enough depending on any gaps between the pipes and the rest of the heatsink plate. You might need to experiment with that a little bit.

Either way that's still too much in the photos.
I previously used a Xigmatek Dark Knight and Balder and the rice grain sized method worked rather well. However, for best possible coverage with a heatsink that has the heatpipes make direct contact with the CPU IHS, put 2 small lines of TIM in between the heatpipes on the heatsink base.

Check out this article on it.
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post #13 of 23
I had a CM 212+ and the single grain method wasn't enough; it fell well short of the edges. I had better luck with two small grains on opposite pipes.

From what I've seen direct pipes are generally a bit hit or miss. Some work fine with a small grain-sized application in the center, others need two small grains on the pipes, some just need a medium sized grain in the center. You'll never know for sure how it's going to work out until you try it and see how it does.
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post #14 of 23
would be nice to see a test with some grooves to simulate an uneven heatsink:O
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post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thx for all the replys guys. I figured I had to much. I used the spread method before but now I no I used to much. Wen I get to hawaii il apply the tim using the pea size. Im guessing il get better temps... thx again guys..

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too much
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post #17 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtbiker033 View Post
too much
That's prefill with the two-line method, which I always use. You obviously don't need to do the prefilling with a flat surface.
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post #18 of 23
One of your pictures makes the TIM appear dried out and the second looks like 3 too 4 times as much as required is used.
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post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtbiker033 View Post
too much

Do this apply to the middle rails that are between the heatpipes the excess will go into the voids.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaldari View Post
That's prefill with the two-line method, which I always use. You obviously don't need to do the prefilling with a flat surface.


The dark knight is a hdt cooler. You just can't see the heatpipes due to the amount of tim he has on the cooler's base.
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post #20 of 23
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Do this apply to the middle rails that are between the heatpipes the excess will go into the voids.
That's why you "prefill," then do a normal application.
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