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post #1 of 38
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I like the rice grain method, and letting the pressure of the heatsink spread it out. I think it gives it the most "natural" spread as opposed to spreading it out yourself.
post #2 of 38
With the non HDT design (err, the original flat design), I prefer putting a blob on the center of the CPU about the size of a healthy pea, and then I let the installation of the heatsink spread it.

I always get the best cooling performance this way.
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post #3 of 38
Other... i put it in a spiral(small one) on my Heatsink and let the pressure do the rest
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post #4 of 38
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Originally Posted by kill View Post
Other... i put it in a spiral(small one) on my Heatsink and let the pressure do the rest
Hey! I do that with ketchup and mustard on hamburgers!

Hmm...
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post #5 of 38
I agree with TwoCables, I use a small rice grain and let the pressure do the rest of the work. But with my Hyper 212+ I put it in small rice grains on each pipe, and that got good coverage for me.
post #6 of 38
I always follow AS5's instructions for other HS's but for my Hyper 212+ I used the spread/pack it method cause its a different design. Also used the TIM that came with the Hyper. It makes AS5 seem so dated I want to buy this stuff from now on lol. Where can I get this do you know?
     
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post #7 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hydraulic View Post
I agree with TwoCables, I use a small rice grain and let the pressure do the rest of the work. But with my Hyper 212+ I put it in small rice grains on each pipe, and that got good coverage for me.
Well, I don't use the rice grain method because then it looks like a gray turd. The result is that I can't install the heatsink because I end up laughing.
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post #8 of 38
I was just wondering about this too. Do you guys even use the rice grain method with GPU's?
 
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post #9 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheRockMonsi View Post
I was just wondering about this too. Do you guys even use the rice grain method with GPU's?
I think it depends. For AMD/ATI cards where the GPU core is exposed with no integrated heatspreader, you should fully cover the core for best temperatures. On the other hand with Nvidia, most of their GPUs use an IHS so I think you could apply it like the CPU method (although I'm not sure since I've never replaced thermal paste on Nvidia cards.)
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post #10 of 38
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I think it depends. For AMD/ATI cards where the GPU core is exposed with no integrated heatspreader, you should fully cover the core for best temperatures. On the other hand with Nvidia, most of their GPUs use an IHS so I think you could apply it like the CPU method (although I'm not sure since I've never replaced thermal paste on Nvidia cards.)
Ahhh, I was wondering because I replaced my 480's cooler with a GPU-only waterblock. I used the rice grain method with that, and used MX-4 as well.
 
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