omg ***, i took it off, cleaned it with alcohol, put a line of as5 down the center, and im still getting like 40C idle. ill post pics up in a minute, i think i might go try to find some sandpaper tomorrow and lap my Infinity, i think the socket around teh cpu scratched it up.
bottom of heatsink after reapplied the 1st time
infinity after cleaning, see around the edge where it looks scratched to hell. i think the metal around the cpu did that, not the ihs, the metal that comes down over the proc.
as5 after reapplying the 2nd time. had to clean again before i could test cause HSF lifted up as i was trying to push the retarded clips in.
the as5 thats on it now, too much? not enough?
edit: thought i might have figured out what the problem was. when i put the side back on i noticed that it pushed the Infinity up some, so i thought it might be pulling it off the proc and reducing contact. so i took the side off and left it beside the comp so the side fan would still blow air right on the HSF and the temps were about 10C warmer. so that was a no go. i think i might have a severely convex IHS
edit: reapplied again much like i did the first time just with more, and got her down to 28-30C idle. gonna apply in the same way just with a less grease.
edit: got it back to where i was 23C with 21C ambient pretty good?