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I recently purchased a zalman heatsink/fan combo for my rig to hopefully lower the temps a bit. The zalman heatsink says to apply it evenly to the cpu but on the arctic silver 5 instructions say to just put a 3/4 bb size directly in the middle of the cpu. Which one is better for maximum heat transfer? Is one wrong and one is right? With they both work the same? I am so confused
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Follow Arctic Silver's instructions. What you should end up with it a thin, quarter sized amount covering the IHS. It doesn't need to cover corner to corner.
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If you're using the Zalmann compound you won't be able to use the line method. Either one works, but I like the AS5 better.
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thanks will follow the AS5 instructions then
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