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post #101 of 140
I use the line method. Unless you apply atypical amounts of TIM, the pea method won't cover the surface area in its entirety. Its quite literally like trying to fit a round peg inside a square hole, with area left exposed around the circumference of the circle. A line is a physical & natural component of a square, so I find that I get near 100% coverage without thermal grease spilling over the sides.
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post #102 of 140
I use an X with a few tiny dots to remove excess TIM from the spout.
    
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post #103 of 140
Because they don't understand that spreading is actually called tinting and they were supposed to wipe the excess OFF, then apply a bead.
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post #104 of 140
The "air bubbles" in the original vid don't exist when theres contact between two surfaces, they appear because of the surface tension when pulling them apart.

I'm a total noob and even I can tell that theres no major difference here. I feel dumber after reading the thread. :screwy:
 
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Some responses make me go cryingsmiley.gif

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I have been building PC's for over 12 years and I have not spread TIM ever since the good old days when the die was fully exposed on the CPU. These days I just go with a dot in the center and do what ever the manufacturer suggests.

The only bad TIM spread I have ever had was recently when I broke my system down for it's yearly cleaning. I noticed my temps kept consistently climbing month after month and have had this TIM on for over a year. The bad spread was due to lots of movement of my HS/FAN when I was struggling to get it to align with the back plate.

I recently switched to IC Diamond and their application instructions and found them to be very different from AS-5. Their recommended method a 5 to 5.5mm pea sized amount dead smack in the center of the IHS with a good amount of mounting force. I had to take my HS/fan off twice because I mounted it the fan the wrong way (yeah was having a bad day) and both times, the TIM was perfectly spread. IC diamond is like impossible to spread over the entire IHS because it's so thick and I have trouble just getting it out of the tube unless i soak it in a cup of hot water for at least 5 minutes.
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what if you just applied an even thinner layer than normal, but to both the cpu and the heatsink? I would think it would just squish together and be airless. good idea, or a terrible one?
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Originally Posted by -SE7EN- View Post

what if you just applied an even thinner layer than normal, but to both the cpu and the heatsink? I would think it would just squish together and be airless. good idea, or a terrible one?

Sounds messy and unnecessary to me.

Grain of rice/Pea sized amount works best imo. Generally the least amount you can use, the better.
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Originally Posted by Agent_kenshin View Post

I have been building PC's for over 12 years and I have not spread TIM ever since the good old days when the die was fully exposed on the CPU. These days I just go with a dot in the center and do what ever the manufacturer suggests.
The only bad TIM spread I have ever had was recently when I broke my system down for it's yearly cleaning. I noticed my temps kept consistently climbing month after month and have had this TIM on for over a year. The bad spread was due to lots of movement of my HS/FAN when I was struggling to get it to align with the back plate.
I recently switched to IC Diamond and their application instructions and found them to be very different from AS-5. Their recommended method a 5 to 5.5mm pea sized amount dead smack in the center of the IHS with a good amount of mounting force. I had to take my HS/fan off twice because I mounted it the fan the wrong way (yeah was having a bad day) and both times, the TIM was perfectly spread. IC diamond is like impossible to spread over the entire IHS because it's so thick and I have trouble just getting it out of the tube unless i soak it in a cup of hot water for at least 5 minutes.

Lol yea you cant spread ic7 but i hate using it cause when you wipe it off all the info on the cpu will be nearly gone.
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post #110 of 140
I don't think I've ever spread it out...I've always either done a light X or a box with a X

Personal preference probably
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