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post #1 of 10
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How should I properly apply my Shin Etsu Thermal paste to my XPSC water block?

What is the proper method and what will achieve the best seat?
post #2 of 10
there is no correct methods as there are different methods of application. I personally do the grain of rice method in the center of the cpu only
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Application of thermal paste with water cooling is the same as for air cooling. generally apply a thin even coat/layer on the processor then place the water block on the socket and rotate slightly to ensure even distribution. Also you want ensure that both surfaces are clean before hand wipe both with Isopropyl alcohol or use a surface cleaning kit.
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Thanks, just wanted to check I am about to install my block and start sizing up the tubing to piece it together for a leak test.
I had allways done the grain of rice until I ordered a CM 212+ and had horrible temps so I came and reviewed this forum and a different method was needed.
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watch this video http://youtu.be/EyXLu1Ms-q4

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lol I think he knows how he was asking if he should do anything diff. because it was a watercooling block
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by greed View Post
As illustrated in that video, the spread method can leave air pockets in the paste. The dot method works the best IMO.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Worple View Post
lol I think he knows how he was asking if he should do anything diff. because it was a watercooling block
You might wanna re-read it.
post #8 of 10
Iv'e always done the grain of rice for years it works done the same with my rasa block will do the same when I get the raystorm
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post #9 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Worple View Post
lol I think he knows how he was asking if he should do anything diff. because it was a watercooling block
He was correct. I do know how to apply thermal paste. I have done so for years but on air.

My concern is how to apply it properly on a Water block, I didn't know if there was a difference. Since there is a difference between heat pipe coolers and other air coolers.
post #10 of 10
There is no functional difference. You're still simply maximizing the thermal transfer from the CPU to the cooling block. If the block made perfect contact with the CPU, you wouldn't need paste at all, but they don't, so the paste is simply there to fill in the gaps where the metal doesn't quite come together.
Edited by Quasimojo - 10/6/11 at 3:19pm
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