IC Diamond is an excellent TIM for use with chips with IHSs.
If you plan to delid your cpu, or use it on your gpu or other naked dies, please use a less abrasive TIM (such as MX-4). Also, if you plan to frequently
reapply your TIM, IC Diamond's abrasive properties will eventually wear away the text on your IHS and make it harder to resell or get a warranty claim if it dies.
To apply IC Diamond, you should put a small spot in the center of your IHS ("about the size of a grain of rice" is a common rule of thumb, but it's generally best to do a test application and remove it to see how well it spreads the first time you use any new TIM so you can adjust for the actual applications in the future) and then directly mount your CPU cooler. The pressure from the cooler will force it to spread in all directions without allowing any air bubbles to form in the process.
Because IC Diamond is an extremely
thick TIM, you may want to soften it before use be puttin the syringe into a cup of hot water for a few min before applying. It will allow it to come out of the tube easier, etc. Personally I've never had issues using it "cold", but others have complained.
As for cleaning your cpu, you want to use isopropyl alcohol. There is absolutly no need
to use the incredibly overpriced "cpu TIM cleaner" solutions, which are just higher concentrations of isopropyl. 91% from your local super market will work just as well and costs 1/5 as much for 5 times the quantity.
There is also no need to ruin a perfectly good microfiber cloth, as lint free coffee filters will do just fine. In a pinch you can also use cotton swabs, cotton balls, or even paper towels as long as you're careful.
As for reapplying, every TIM has a different life expectancy. Generally speaking, runnier ones need to be reapplied more frequently. Older formulas also need to be reapplied frequently. Older runny formulas (like the ever popular AS5) need to be reapplied constantly
. Sometimes (mostly older formulas, again AS5 is a poster child for this) TIMs also require a "curing time" after you apply them before they actually work well.
IC Diamond is both new and thick, and it also happens to be exceptionally stable. You can leave it on for several years with no degradation in performance. It has absolutely no cure time, so it's good to go from day one, and extreme temps will pretty much never bother it. If you want to mount once and use it for several years in a row, you can't really do much better. So don't worry too much about it.
That said, when it DOES come time to clean it for whatever reason, it is probably the hardest stuff I've ever had to remove. The same method works, it just takes forever
and smells awful
Hope all that helps.
Originally Posted by tatmMRKIV
you have to clean it off when you change it otherwise it defeats the purpose because the whole reason ypou are doing it is because the stuff you put on 12months earlier has become ineffective. if anything it would start to insulkate heat inside the cpu
I would have avoided that paste and gotten gc extreme or a prolimatech pk-#
remove with a lint free cloth and electronics grade isopryl alcohol . Arcticlean or indego thermal compound remover.
to apply get a makeup mixer spatula and apply a thin even layer across the cpu. God thermal pastes come with one.. the one I got with the gelid is even branded
some of thethrmal pastes are adhesive or corrosive dependingon what metal they are contacting so make sure to read up on whatever you get.
That application may work fine your your runny low viscosity TIMs that everyone seem to be so fond of these days, but with a thicker TIM like IC Diamond or AS Ceramique, it will just just result in lots of air bubbles and also excessive TIM use in certain areas. You'll end up using more product, getting worse temps, AND making it harder to clean later.