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Poll Results: What is your preferred method of TIM application?

 
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    Rice grain
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    Vertical line
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    Credit card spread
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post #11 of 38
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
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.
Copy that! Some pressure will do the job. Plus i don`t have a steady hand to handle a razorblade/creditcard
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post #12 of 38
Depends on the TIM, but usually I use the X method. I always get great coverage & temps. Even though I still have alot of S.E. X23-7783 left, when I get underwater, I'm going to give the Indigo Extreme a whirl.
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post #13 of 38
well, my dad taught me how to build pc's, and he taught me the credit card method. i just use the garbage fake credit cards they send in the mail, but i have used my speedy rewards card in the past
post #14 of 38
I just spread the tim using my finger.. Spread a thin layer covering almost the whole IHS... Then I take the excess still on my finger and spread it on the base of the heatsink base... Been doing it this way for probably 15 years now.. Mostly used AS5 the last ten years...
    
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post #15 of 38
I spread mine with a business card. That way I know the entire surface is going to be covered.
post #16 of 38
One dollop of paste on the heatspreader.
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post #17 of 38
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Originally Posted by turrican9 View Post
I just spread the tim using my finger.. Spread a thin layer covering almost the whole IHS... Then I take the excess still on my finger and spread it on the base of the heatsink base... Been doing it this way for probably 15 years now.. Mostly used AS5 the last ten years...
wouldn't that put the oil from your skin into the paste? that can't help temps lol
post #18 of 38
I just put a pea size and then place the heatsink ontop of the CPU to spread it out.
But I'm pretty bad when it comes to installing heat sinks, I took my CPU out to clean the thermal paste off of it and I didn't really know much about pins at the time and held the CPU in my hands putting firm pressure on the pins. When I put it back in my motherboard and tried to install my v8 it kept sticking and I thought it was because of the thermal paste, but now that I think about it, it was probably that there were a good 13 pins not locked into the motherboard.
    
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post #19 of 38
Spreading the TIM with finger/credit card is usually a bad idea.

First off, you have to realize the actual CPU die is much smaller than the heatspreader (IHS) over top of it. So it's really unnecessary to cover the whole CPU IHS to get good temperatures. Secondly, when you manually spread it like that it increases the chances of getting air bubbles, which also lead to slightly worse temperatures.

You can see below how much smaller the actual die is compared to the whole heatspreader (this is on a 980x)

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bee bee on non-HDT coolers, dual line on HDTs.
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