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ive tryed every single method i could find, lines, dots, spreading on the cpu, spreading on the heatsink, circle, spiral even, and so far nothing has given me better temps than the spreading method. in some ways it is fairly logical, the more surface covered the better heat transfer. the dot method worked well with Pentium 4's and single core CPU's, but since the dual and quad cores, it seems that has changed. the dual cores seem to like a horizonal line the through the centre, were the quads have liked the spreading method more. in the end it all has to do with the placing of the cores. single cores worked well with the dot since the heat was all focused central of the heatspreader but as dual and quad cores have the die more close to the edge of the heatspreader the heat is more widely covered all over. but i also believe that there is a perfect combo of paste and appliance for every cpu type. i can tell you that for a Q9400 the best is spread, for a E8400 the horizonal line works good, and the pentium 4 a largish dot more dried pea size than rice. ive found AC MX-3 is better for dual or quad, and AS 5 is better for single cores and GPU's. EXPERIMENT people, if your taking weeks on end to clock out that perfect system, and push your rigs to the max, why rush the only think tranfering that hated heat from cpu metal to heatsink metal? take some time for that too.
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I personally used the spread methods on this i7 930 with AC MX-3
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The two-line method I described pretty much covers the entire top of the CPU, perhaps minus a very tiny spec on a couple of the corners. That's pretty much the reason for using such a method over others.
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