Originally Posted by ny_driver
Thanks for the info.
I see many videos of people spreading the compound with rubber glove to get it very this....could definitely get it much thinner than I did with credit card. What do you think about that?
Don't waste your time bud. Just use the pea method and you should be all set.
SO you know, if you spread it thinner, the TIM will most likely dry out before you're able to get the heat sink mounted. And therefore making temps even worse.
Or you might want to try putting 1 smaller than pea size dot on the 2 pipes in the center. I usually lay my rig down on it's side to work on this type of stuff. Makes it easier to mount the heatsink and other various components.
Makes me wonder if people actually work on their rigs standing up....
Originally Posted by Kryton
I know a guy that swears by ICD7. Been wanting to try it and perhaps the next time I need some TIM, I'll get a few tubes.
Dude it is awesome stuff, I was so sad when I ran out
The tube they sent me actually lasted quite a while.
A couple of things you should know about it:
- 1. It is EXTREMELY thick. I used to set my tube in a glass of almost boiling water for ~5 minutes so it would spread easier.
- 2. When putting your heatsink on, it is recommended to push down rather hard on the heat sink to ensure that it spreads evenly.
- 3. It makes for one hell of a polish for after lapping, works really well. Be careful with stock heatsinks as it will polish out the laser etched steppings and such. Did it on my opty 180, it's actually somewhat difficult to read the numbers off of it. You have to angle it just right so you catch a reflection of a bulb to see it.
All in all really good stuff.Edited by BlackOmega - 1/22/10 at 9:19pm