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post #1 of 28
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My temps were good, idle was around 33°c and I only applied this NT-H1 Paste the other day, now my temps are 44 and the ambient temp is the same... just wondering if I have applied too much paste? CPU is a 2500k

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My load temps are 63°c, ambient is about 19°c - I'm using a NH-U12P cooler.
    
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It depends. The amount you have would likely run off the edges a little, which is usually considered a bit too much.
If the paste runs off the edge, it will capture and hold heat there that won't get dispersed. You want the paste to barely reach the edges.
It doesn't hurt to just try an amount and redo it.
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post #3 of 28
you can test it by putting down the heatsink, spreading the paste, and then twisting it off to check the imprint. then just apply more paste wherever it's lacking, spread, and check again. that's what i do for mine. keep in mind you want a decent amount of paste because it tends to "bake" out over time.
post #4 of 28
looks fine to me. hard to tell because i normally apply a line through the centre and spread it over the entire heat spreader with a business card. depends what thermal paste you used before. im not sure how good NT-H1 is compared to AS5 and MX-4 but i get really good temps from MX-4 and been using Arctic Cooling's paste since their MX-2
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post #5 of 28
That looks like pea size to me, install the heatsink and see how it spreads.
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you can test it by putting down the heatsink, spreading the paste, and then twisting it off to check the imprint. then just apply more paste wherever it's lacking, spread, and check again. that's what i do for mine. keep in mind you want a decent amount of paste because it tends to "bake" out over time.


i wouldnt advice this for best temp results. the idea is to place the heatsink onto the cpu, spreading the paste at the same time, the idea is to not allow air to trap in between the cpu heat spreader and the heatsink, by removing the heatsink after it has been applied you will trap air pockets when you reapply the heatsink without a paste change and re-spread.
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post #7 of 28
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Thanks for the tips, I will remove the paste and apply less. Are those kinda temps normal for 1.32v @ 4.5Ghz? I am referring to the cores being high 30's, low 40's and would you guys suggest a blob or a line of paste?
Edited by Milamber - 11/24/11 at 3:41pm
    
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post #8 of 28
There is no 'right amount'... it all depends on how rough/smooth your sink is.
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post #9 of 28
Seems to be fine and do what everyone else is saying what I'm gonna say, install the heatsink and see if it covers it, which it should.
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post #10 of 28
That's just a tad bit to much in my opinion. But it Should be fine. But again my method that i like to use is 2 very very small rice grain dots in the middle. Iv tested application on many dead test mobo's and my method works well. The key is a small amount to lightly coat the cpu. now keep in mind the edges arent really the cpu on the metal casing you see. Now the idiots that use latex gloves to coat the cpu when they apply the thermal paste *face palm*. that creates air bubbles and its terrible! But your fine for the most part. . But again your pretty close to the right amount, Maybe just a tad less. But thermal paste application isn't and shouldn't be this big thing and how it has to be done right, You just want a thin layer to coat the cpu. KEY WORD THIN!! if you put to much then it does the opposite of what it's supposed to do. See how your temps are. IMO your fine.
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