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I apply a nice little bb size to the die of the cpu, then spread it around by my finger so as to cover the whole die. ive seen dead cpus happen because the whole die wasn't covered with thermal grease. I consistently prefer Arctic Silver 5
 
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I use Noctua NT-H1 and use the dot method and let it spread when I clamp the cooler down.
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Originally Posted by amorph View Post

Using a CROSS shape is the best.


Proof:


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The dot method would work exactly the same with no risk of air bubbles. That cross method had a few air pockets develop right away when doing so. The reason it looks like it has better coverage was simply because they put way more paste on. The dot method is undoubtedly the best and safest method out there. Tho the compound quality and amount applied is what makes a big difference. You need to get the exact amount on the IHS for that even coat. Too much or too little is what usually screws people over.
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I spread a tiny bit with a card. Works pretty well for me; I have 29c idle temps and ~60c load temps @ 4.8 on my 3770k. I also have 1/2 tubing and 340 rad space just for the CPU.
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