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Cooler master hyper 212 evo

I'm getting my last part in today, a Fx-8320 CPU. Because of this, I'm giving thermal paste application one last look.

I've decided on a method, after looking around for awhile I'm pretty sure that with these types of after market coolers, the best method for applying paste is two small lines as mentioned towards the bottom of the page posted below.


http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=170&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=5

What do you all think? I personally don't believe that a dot will do it. Sure, they might work on a stock cooler, or with a perfect surface, but, for a less than perfect aftermarket surface I think this method makes the most sense.

I've read (too) many articles about this, so, I feel generally informed. Is there any suggested reading that I might of missed? Also, I'll be using "Arctic Silver 5", this pastes is know to not spread as easily.
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  1. less is more for thermal paste, I use the dot method but other people will disagree. It is a matter of preference.
  2. Hyper 212 evo doesn't have that gaps between the heatpipes , this just an old hyper 212 + model .
  3. CPU came in right as I pressed publish. UPS is on the ball around here.
  4. KareemGT said:
    Hyper 212 evo doesn't have that gaps between the heatpipes , this just an old hyper 212 + model .



    Yes, I've noticed this. Still, it's a less perfect surface than the stock cooler.
  5. Azrael47 said:
    less is more for thermal paste, I use the dot method but other people will disagree. It is a matter of preference.

    I've seen a video where a guy does the spread method with glass so you can see how it spreads and when he placed it on the paste, there were some air bubbles left in.
  6. Double post for some reason.
    Sorry.
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    as I said a matter of preference, if you put pressure on the CPU with the heatsink or water block then temps will be fine.
  8. RedFalconHayabusa said:
    Azrael47 said:
    less is more for thermal paste, I use the dot method but other people will disagree. It is a matter of preference.

    I've seen a video where a guy does the spread method with glass so you can see how it spreads and when he placed it on the paste, there were some air bubbles left in.


    Glass is a much smoother surface than the heatsink. I'm not so sure that the test is accurate of real world heat sink application.
  9. Ok, thanks guys. I was just making sure that I didn't miss something. These are all methods I've read about. I'll try the double line method for now. If I feel like I can do better, I've seen proof off good results using the X method. This has been the one part that worried me the most.

    I'm going to do the the deed, I have my system put together, just need the CPU and cooler.
  10. Ended up going with an X. Since I had to add the cooler inside the case, it took 4 tries to get it in. Worked out though, since I got to see how different methods were working. Below are some temps after playing Diablo 3 for 2 hours.



    Its pretty much been like this. Highest I've seen my CPU go, after 45 min of prime95 was 37c. Think I found the sweet spot for the thermal paste.
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