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Does this method work the same for all CPU's? I have the CPU in my signature (I know it is the wrong forum, my mistake).
Right in the middle of your CPU you want to put down a drop about the size of a small Pea. Maybe a tad more. But once you start don't stop til you're finished. Apply your heatsink and lock it down. Don't get into spreading it. AS5 is a good enough TIM to be able to apply it without spreading it. I use Shin-Etsu G751(under Mass Cool @ the Egg) and I've never once used anything to spread it. I've found that it works best in the Pea method an I get solid temps sitting in front of a Window about a wall heater.

Old pic... new temp is 41c (Folding @ 100% 1st Core usage) local temp is 6c, but the sun is right on the window at the moment. Good thing the blinds are drawn.

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As for cleaning off the old TIM...

I use the following...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0355360

Rubbing with a high purity isopropyl alcohol cloth, usually about 99%.

M HSF and my CPU ends up with a mirror polish in just minutes!
     
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the pea method always results in higher temps vs the line or x method.
ALWAYS

why is that then?
Interestingly, I've always ended up with just the opposite results...

Why is that then?

Perhaps environment and amount of TIM used? Who knows, but this is a debate that has been going on for over a decade, and will likely never be resolved.

I would also ask, have you ever left a tiny 'tail' with your pea? If so then this creates a large air pocket once the CPU and HSF are pressed together, and yes, such an air pocket results in more heat.

Never leave a tail on the pea.
Edited by cjc75 - 4/5/11 at 8:24am
     
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Hey man can you reel in the DPs'? You have solid knowledge but it gets sort of redundant when you run more than one post w/o anyone else posting in between. Try to edit them if no one has posted. directly after you. Thanks.

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Interestingly, I've always ended up with just the opposite results...

Why is that then?

Perhaps environment and amount of TIM used? Who knows, but this is a debate that has been going on for over a decade, and will likely never be resolved.

I would also ask, have you ever left a tiny 'tail' with your pea? If so then this creates a large air pocket once the CPU and HSF are pressed together, and yes, such an air pocket results in more heat.

Never leave a tail on the pea.
What should I use to remove the old paste along with the rubbing alcohol? Is a Q-Tip fine?
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What should I use to remove the old paste along with the rubbing alcohol? Is a Q-Tip fine?
Blue towels are awesome for cleaning your CPU. I love them. You can pick them up at most Automotive Supply Stores.



They are just so perfect in every way.

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I would also state that some may claim that using ICD7 will leave an ugly stain on your CPU or HSF, and/or that it will eat the lettering off the CPU.

Using the cleaning solutions that I linked above, cleans that stain away within minutes, restores much of the lettering, and then the CPU appears as good as new.

Also to be fair, I've had AS5 and OCZ Freeze both also eat away lettering on a CPU as well; and also leave stains, though not as bad as the stains left by ICD7. But still, the cleaning solutions clean it off beautifully.
     
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Get Shin-Etsu have solid temps and never worry about ugly stains again. lulz

Best stuff on the market.

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Hey man can you reel in the DPs'? You have solid knowledge but it gets sort of redundant when you run more than one post w/o anyone else posting in between. Try to edit them if no one has posted. directly after you. Thanks.

~Ceadder
I have a bad habit of editing some of my own posts, too many times... and then while I'm trying to edit one to correct some spelling mistake or add a last minute thought... someone goes and quotes it and then its all messed up.

So, its easier, and quicker and more convenient to just add another reply.
     
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I do 5 dots, like the "5" pattern on a dice. Then I use my finger with a rubber glove over it to spread it perfectly even, takes pressure and slow movement.

The only problems I've ever had with heat is when something is not flat, but these days most heatsinks are lapped. Doesn't hurt to check the CPU too.
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