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March 21, 2010 3:10:02 AM

Hey guys, I recently used the line method as described by arctic silver 5's user manual to apply it between my i7 quad core and my v8 heatsink. I used the pc for a week, and then later removed the heatsink to view the results.

Attached is the picture from the CPU. Does this look good or bad?

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a c 105 à CPUs
March 21, 2010 3:26:50 AM

what where your temps?
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March 21, 2010 3:29:22 AM

My rough guess is that this CPU has about 65% contact with the HS. The contact area must be increased. Try polishing the base of the V8 HS. I managed to lower the CPU temps by 5 degs to 8 degs C by polishing (lapping) the heavy base of my V8 HS. I left the CPU alone because the CPU heat spreader is a shallow drawn sheet metal part, and the expansion characteristics are unpredictable.

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March 21, 2010 3:33:18 AM

The corners are clean. That is not a good signal (but I can't see how the cooler is and maybe the rest of the paste is still there...). To put a quantity of paste in the center of the cpu and set the cooler and press is not the way at all.

I have just found this video which it's very well done. Here you can see the correct way to apply the thermal paste:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7rPqCvCt0g

He is a young guy but He knows well what he is doing.
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Anonymous
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March 21, 2010 3:42:43 AM

Henry Chinaski said:
The corners are clean. That is not a good signal (but I can't see how the cooler is and maybe the rest of the paste is still there...). To put a quantity of paste in the center of the cpu and set the cooler and press is not the way at all.

I have just found this video which it's very well done. Here you can see the correct way to apply the thermal paste:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7rPqCvCt0g

He is a young guy but He knows well what he is doing.



Really? Wrong! Watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=EyXLu1Ms-q4
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a c 105 à CPUs
March 21, 2010 3:58:48 AM

cool video

dude needs to cut his nails though, also would be nice to see how heat from he CPU would affect spreading of the compound
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March 21, 2010 4:06:35 AM

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Really? Wrong! Watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=EyXLu1Ms-q4


Most of the thermal paste goes with the plastic film and there is no paste at the corners of the micro. I woudn't do that. But if it works for you I don't have much more to say...
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a c 105 à CPUs
March 21, 2010 4:09:46 AM

the majority of the heat comes from the center of the CPU so you don't have to paint each corner with a fine brush, not that its bad thing either.
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March 21, 2010 4:15:40 AM

ct1615 said:
the majority of the heat comes from the center of the CPU so you don't have to paint each corner with a fine brush, not that its bad thing either.


Doing that you are not using properly all the contact surface to transfer the heat out from the cpu.
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Anonymous
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March 21, 2010 4:16:53 AM

ct1615 said:
the majority of the heat comes from the center of the CPU so you don't have to paint each corner with a fine brush, not that its bad thing either.


right, but according to the video we can see that doing this creates massive air bubbles
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a c 105 à CPUs
March 21, 2010 4:24:47 AM

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right, but according to the video we can see that doing this creates massive air bubbles


yeah, I just recall reading an article that stated (i believe, its been a while) the heat from the CPU would help with getting rid of the bubbles. Which was why I would like to have seen what effect a hot CPU would have on the compound.

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Anonymous
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March 21, 2010 2:01:32 PM

ct1615 said:
yeah, I just recall reading an article that stated (i believe, its been a while) the heat from the CPU would help with getting rid of the bubbles. Which was why I would like to have seen what effect a hot CPU would have on the compound.



interesting. So air bubbles are no longer a factor
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a c 105 à CPUs
March 21, 2010 2:05:58 PM

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interesting. So air bubbles are no longer a factor



"I just recall reading an article that stated (i believe, its been a while) the heat from the CPU would help with getting rid of the bubbles"

...where do I state they are not factor?
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Anonymous
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March 21, 2010 2:18:50 PM

ct1615 said:
"I just recall reading an article that stated (i believe, its been a while) the heat from the CPU would help with getting rid of the bubbles"

...where do I state they are not factor?


Well, which method do you use?
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March 21, 2010 2:20:42 PM

The cross application appears to be the best, however I painted my CPU thinly with AS5 and dropped the temps slightly from the rice grain method. I also baked the CPU for about a week, loosened the heatsink's fasteners and without losing the bond between the HS and CPU, moved the heatsink from side to side attempting to flat out any air bubbles (the compound was still soft at this point).
Temps have been great for months fsr.
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Anonymous
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March 21, 2010 2:26:22 PM

I guess I'm just wondering if its optimal to have thermal compound cover the entire CPU. From what we saw, the rice method, cross method, line method, and so on does not cover 100% of the CPU, but only covers from middle to outward. I understand that less is more in this case, but a thin layer across the whole CPU seems like the optimal idea guaranteeing full contact, except for the fact that it may create massive air bubbles and thus deteriorate the entire process.
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a c 105 à CPUs
March 21, 2010 2:27:56 PM

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Well, which method do you use?


i've done every method from using my finger in a plastic bag to spread it, using a razor to spread it, just applying a line, apply a X, just apply a BB size, and even tossing the old stock heat sink on with the factory thermal paste.

I like the BB method because it's easy but frankly as long as it works and temps are good, they are all good.

My Antec silver states apply a thin spread in the heatsink, then a small rice size on the CPU. I applied a BB on my X3 435 and dropped the heatsink on. It idles at 27c and load rarely breaks 40c.
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