the same principals apply in the 2013 as well. u can either use a pea sized amount or a line in the centre. making an X will simply waste the paste.
but as i said this is a unique heatsink. It doesn't have a pad like everything ive used in the past its a direct contact, or as they call it direct touch ( HDT). There are grooves between the pipes that have me concerned about just doing the standard method. Wouldn't the pea or line method leave gaps?
*edit* I could maybe put some paste in the channels between the pipes then the dot method but im afraid that would be too much paste