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post #11 of 19
AIT's Cool Silver is also a great product. I've been using it now for a few months and it seems to beat AS5 by about 2-3ºC

http://www.aitmart.com/store/
post #12 of 19
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Ok as soon as I apply the thermal paste do I spread it around (if so how ?) or do I just leave that drop/line of TIM and put the cooler on top of the cpu ?
post #13 of 19
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Ok as soon as I apply the thermal paste do I spread it around (if so how ?) or do I just leave that drop/line of TIM and put the cooler on top of the cpu ?
Don't spread it. Put a rice sized dot and carefully put the HSF on it and try not to wiggle it around too much. Don't worry too much though.
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I thought both heatsink and cpu should have thermal paste applied on top of it ?
post #15 of 19
Having that much paste would be a waste cause a lot of it would just squeeze out the edges... but you want just enough to cover the area where the heatsink and the processor touch... the best connection between the two would be 2 perfectly flat surfaces but i highly doubt on the microscopic level either are perfect

but the best way to find out for you is to just give it a try to figure out how much really is needed for your heatsink and cpu
    
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So am I supposed to spread the thermal paste ? If not when I install the heatsink upon the CPU how am I supposed to rotate it per MX-2 instructions as it will be installed ?
Edited by 45nm - 7/15/08 at 3:03pm
post #17 of 19
rotating the heatsink should be fine if thats whats needed to install the heatsink it should be fine as long as you dont lift up the heatsink off of the cpu because that could cause a bubble or air pockets in the thermal paste and that woudl not be good for the obvious reasons that it would basically make more of a barier than transfer heat(wow runon)

it should be fine and spread the paste around a little more... i usually move around my heatsink to ensure that the paste got a better distribution but not too much as to spread it too thin...but otherwise it should be fine
    
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MX-2 Thermal Compound, is better than arctic silver 5.

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It is also non-conductive, making any spills or leaks not a problem or a problem on voltage sensitive components. The graph on the page is from a actual review and not their own testing.
Agree. MX-2 dropped my temps 2-3c over AS5.
post #19 of 19
I just put a small dot of mx-2 in the middle of my proc (about the size of a half of a pea) and put my heatsink on, and my temps are good. 55 under load at 1.36vcore with an ambient of 70 or 75~
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