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post #1 of 22
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do some of your just smooth it out with a card or razor blade?
i think i saw some people just throw a blob of paste in the middle and just push the heatsink on top of it...

wats the best way to apply the paste?
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post #2 of 22
i personally use a razor blade at 45 degrees to apply a thin layer to the heatsink.
just make sure you dont get any airbubbles trapped in it, thats probably the advantage to applying a line of paste and then letting them press together.
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post #3 of 22
I blob, then kinda spread it with the tip of the tube. Then I add a small dot to the cpu cooler.
post #4 of 22
I just spread it with an old credit card or something.. always worked (for me)
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post #5 of 22
I follow the instructions.
For me, I had AS5 and I had to put a line of paste the thickness of a grain of rice across. So far, my temps went down a LOT. Serious.
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post #6 of 22
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thats a lot of paste dragon...

well too much is better then not enough...
the extra will just squeeze out and you get a nice even layer of paste?
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post #7 of 22
i just throw a dab on the CPU and let the heatsink do the spreading.
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wat if the paste doesnt reach the edges?
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post #9 of 22
The edge usually doesn't need to be covered because the chip is in the center. But if you want a really good method you should put a little on the heatsink then take a plastic bag and put your finger in it then spread it out across the bottom of the heatsink. Wipe off the excess with a lint free towel making sure to only take off the excess because you want some left to fill in the microscopic grooves. Place a small amount in the center of the IHS, usually rice grain size is more then sufficient then place the heatsink on and allow the heatsink to spread the TIM that way it will reduce the amount of air pockets dramatically versus spreading with a razor or credit card and therefore there won't be any hot air pockets in between the HS and IHS, air is a very very very good insulator. You want the TIM to cover where the chip is but you want as little as possible in between the HS and IHS because the TIM is also a thermal insulator. I have noticed no difference in temperature using the line method or the rice grain size in a quad so which ever method you want to use will probably work just as well but be liberal with how much you use.
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The edge usually doesn't need to be covered because the chip is in the center. But if you want a really good method you should put a little on the heatsink then take a plastic bag and put your finger in it then spread it out across the bottom of the heatsink. Wipe off the excess with a lint free towel making sure to only take off the excess because you want some left to fill in the microscopic grooves. Place a small amount in the center of the IHS, usually rice grain size is more then sufficient then place the heatsink on and allow the heatsink to spread the TIM that way it will reduce the amount of air pockets dramatically versus spreading with a razor or credit card and therefore there won't be any hot air pockets in between the HS and IHS, air is a very very very good insulator. You want the TIM to cover where the chip is but you want as little as possible in between the HS and IHS because the TIM is also a thermal insulator. I have noticed no difference in temperature using the line method or the rice grain size in a quad so which ever method you want to use will probably work just as well but be liberal with how much you use.

thanks... i guess thats what i wanted to hear.
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