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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5/8/12 at 10:13pm