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Hi Guys,

Ok, I was under the impression that the more paste you apply the better it is, correct me if I am wrong and if someone can explain what the best way of applying it to the CPU is then even better...

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Follow the directions on arctic silver's website. That should be closest to the "correct" way you will see. For a Quad core, you want a thin straight line covering the two cores. Dual cores, you want a dot in the middle about the size of an uncooked grain of rice.
 
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Always wipe front to back

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And NEVER go AS5 to mouth!

Lol, sorry with the above post, I had to.
 
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I mke sure I get a nice, thin(as thin as you can get it) sheet across my whole IHS, and nothing more. Seems to work fine, I load at 35 or 36C and have 1.5Vcore running through here...

Edit: I get this sheet by applying a ring of dots around my die, usually four dots, then pushing the cooler down hard enough to simulate it being attached and lifting it off to check the application. Works great that way. Heavy and huge cooler helps in this step too...hell sometimes I use gravity alone
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Hi Guys,

Ok, I was under the impression that the more paste you apply the better it is, correct me if I am wrong and if someone can explain what the best way of applying it to the CPU is then even better...

Without enough thermal paste, you run the risk of portions of the heatsink fan not contacting the CPU heatsink. However, the more thermal paste you use, the greater the thermal resistance (i.e. less heat is transferred, which is bad). You want to find that happy medium where you're getting good contact but you're not putting too much on.

As people have already said, the best method (for a dual core) is to put a dot in the middle of the heatsink, about the size of a grain of rice, then press firmly down as you lock the heatsink in place. This will spread it out a bit. Portions of the perimeter of the heatsink might not have paste on it using this method, but that's not a big deal. It's the center of the CPU heatsink that is generating the heat, so you just need to make sure that portion is covered well, and the grain of rice method does just that.
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post #9 of 31
I agree with durch, a dot works well. But when I apply thermal paste, I use the line. When applying AS5 to the Quad Core, it should be a thin line as shown on the left.
Audi has a thread showing a mechanical pencil tip being used for application. It works really well.


AS5



It should be like this but perpendicular (accross the core and not down the middle) since this is a dual core shown, and you have the quad core:

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Perfect Application:


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Quote:
Originally Posted by sublimejhn View Post
Always wipe front to back

I'm sorry, it needed to be said
Crumple or fold?

Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
And NEVER go AS5 to mouth!

Lol, sorry with the above post, I had to.

I literally spit out my coffee, wiping screen now.
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