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Best way to apply thermal paste on the CPU?

post #1 of 7
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To get the best results (temperature drop) how it should be applied thermal paste on the CPU?

Assume 3 ways of application:

1) Small amount - "grain of rice" - in the center of the CPU: then apply the DISSI that will stretch the dough with its pressure:

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2) Roll out the paste to cross then apply DISSI that will stretch the dough with its pressure:

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3) Roll out the dough on the whole CPU

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Edited by flaubert - 5/18/13 at 12:00am
post #2 of 7
Grain of rice to pea size give best results out of all 3.

Spreading it can create air pockets which could potentially increase temps.

the plus method is too much, can also increase temps as it wouldn't transfer heat efficiently enough to the heatsink
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Depends on the CPU die. Ivy for example is a rectangle shape, so a rice grain (vertical) would be best.
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How about Sandy Bridge E ?? its huge for rice size
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How about Sandy Bridge E ?? its huge for rice size

then pea size would probably give the desired result.
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How about Sandy Bridge E ?? its huge for rice size

I'm not sure what the die looks like for the Sandy - E's. Looking at the picture below you can see how the rice method would work better.



The picture shows the dies horizontal, but installed in a motherboard the die is vertical.
post #7 of 7
I usually refer to Artic Silver's thermal paste installation guides. http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_application_method.html#

Generally, a pea sized dot in the center is good and reliable.

Edit: They have AMD options too.
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