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I applied a thin layer that covered the whole top of the processor, essentially painting it in up and down strokes. I did the same then for the contact on my Zalman, then I installed it.

Is that OK?

Also, how much would lapping the Q6600 drop temps at load? I wanna do it but its an expensive CPU so i dont wanna mess it up especially if its only a small gain.
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IMO, you applied it completely wrong.

You should have put a line across the CPU and than attached the HSF. You should not have put it on both things and spread it out. The pressure from the HSF would have spread it out perfectly.

Apply where the red line is.....

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post #3 of 19
lapping would only drop ur temps 2 degrees or so
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Did I do it wrong enough where I should re do it? What about the difference from lapping, anyone know?
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OK thx. So is that pic the AFTER the two have been pressed together or the before?
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yes you should redo it. If you need a guide just visit the arctic silver webpage and see how they did it.
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Originally Posted by RenderMaker View Post
Did I do it wrong enough where I should re do it? What about the difference from lapping, anyone know?
Dont worry about lapping.

And, you should absolutely redo the thermal compound. I guarantee you put too much on considering you applied it to the CPU and the HSF.

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Originally Posted by danewfie View Post
yes you should redo it. If you need a guide just visit the arctic silver webpage and see how they did it.
Or just look at the picture in this thread.....

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Originally Posted by RenderMaker View Post
OK thx. So is that pic the AFTER the two have been pressed together or the before?
That pic is AFTER they have been pressed together. They removed the HSF right away to show you how it would spread. You put a VERY thin line of thermal compound where the red line is in that picture. That is it. It is IMPORTANT that you put the line in the exact same direction and spot as in that picture.
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post #8 of 19
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OK ill do it over. But, is that the before or after pic of what the cpu will look like? I use Zalman ZM-STG1 which is dispensed through a brush.
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post #9 of 19
just put a very thin line down the middle and install your heatsink as normal.

They way you did it you put way too much and will likely insulate heat rather than transfer it
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post #10 of 19
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K off to do it.
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