A thin layer for each person differs. I myself do not use it anymore cause it seems I was doing ti wro0ng. I use the dot method which you just apply a bit thermal place over the place when your CPU's die is and then twist it to spread it around. My thin layer method with AS5 gave me 10+C on idle and 22+C on full load than the dor method of MX-1 and again I did put more than I should so I will reapply sometime with less paste. Although just want to say that was MY thin layer. Again each person sees the thin layer from their own point o view.