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I use either Gelid Extreme ($$$) or MX4 ($) on anything that doesn't get liquid metal.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Xinoxide View Post
Warm it up. put it in a ziplock bag and put it in some warm water.

Or.. set the tube on your videocard backplate and play some furmark.
Actually, not a bad idea!

Quote: Originally Posted by ezveedub View Post
I use ARCTIC MX-4, not clumpy at all, BUT, as TIM gets old, they get thick and clumpy which means time to dump them for new TIM. My old Ceramique tube was like clay when it got to 4-5 years old.
LOVE MX-4. I have an old tube of MX-2 that's fine to apply after just holding it in your hand for a minute.

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I use either Gelid Extreme ($$$) or MX4 ($) on anything that doesn't get liquid metal.
Gelid would be my go to if not so pricey. MX-4 has been showing it's really a top notch paste for the price though.

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Or, use the central dot or single line or multi line or X-shape methods of application and then you don't have to spread it at all. I like the X the best. Has worked just fine for me across four systems.

See https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/ar...echniques-170/ for a comparison of techniques.

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https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3...-thermal-paste

Or any method really. If you think it looks like too little, then add a bit more. As shown above back in July, too much is OK (messy, but OK) but too little can be bad.

*Note: This applies to all NON-conductive pastes. Obviously don't do this with metal based pastes.

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