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post #1 of 20
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Hello,

This may sound stupid but its the first time i actually had to apply thermal paste so i was wondering on a LGA1155 do i have to apply thermal paste on the whole surface or only a little drop ?

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post #2 of 20
I found out that spreading the thermalpaste allover the cpu's heatspreader before istalling cooler is best working method. You cant ever be sure will it spread allover when you just put a drop on center of the hs and pray that it will spread while tightening cooler..

This is very bad picture and it looks like there is way too much thermal paste, and it's from my old amd 1090T but that's the way it should be spreaded. Only very tight layer so hs is barely hidden and you are ready to go. And remember to spread it on every different direction.

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...And sorry for my bad english..
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post #3 of 20
There are many different ways to apply thermal paste that work differently for different people. Normally, a BB-sized dot in the middle or a line or 2 will do. Spreading on a thin layer has been known to create air pockets between the HS and cpu that trap heat.

But as long as you apply the correct amount, I'm sure any method will work just fine. The key is to apply only as little as you need. Applying too much will have negative effects.
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post #4 of 20
Thin line across the CPU die is recommended by most TIM makers.
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post #5 of 20
A long time ago when I first read TaiDinh's post, I used that method. Still use this method till this very day and works great!

ref: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/251397-65c-ok-q6600-running-small-fft.html#post2896106
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post #6 of 20
Studies, benchmarks and all that, says that a pea sized amount in the middle is better, spreading it well yeh, as the person above me said, will create air pockets which can get your temperatures higher than how you want it to be.

So yeh, I suggest a pea sized amount in the middle and let the CPU cooler/block spread it for you ^_^
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post #7 of 20
Airbubles are minor worry if thermalpaste wont spread evenly.. but that's only my experience and opinion.
Edited by Asmola - 4/19/11 at 3:10pm
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post #8 of 20
Asmola's suggesting is actually the worst way to apply TIM. You can't go wrong with the pea method, as long as you use the right amount. See this video for reference:

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffK7L0Qj13Q[/ame]
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post #9 of 20
lol hi5 and smiley method. May as well start drawing pikachu's face on it and call it Pokemon method.

But I agree, Pea method can't go wrong either, very good method.
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post #10 of 20
Take a look at this video so you would have clear idea how it works.[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4&feature=related"]http://www.youtube.com[/ame]
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