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Best method to spread thermal paste "Arctic Silver 5"?

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Best method to spread thermal paste?

Total: 26 votes (16 blank votes)

  • Clamp only, no spreading
  • 60 %
  • Spread then clamp
  • 30 %
  • neither
  • 10 %
July 20, 2010 6:14:51 AM

Is it better to let the clamp pressure spread it or should it be spread first with a credit card or plastic bag on finger then clamped???


Just something I'm wondering so when I replace my cooler???

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a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 6:29:35 AM

i use the palstic bag method to ensure a very smooth layer coats the whole CPU, and then add another small drop to the center to be spread by the HSF.

Its worked very well for me until now, and i think its the most effective way to ensure good contact without over-applying.
a c 131 à CPUs
July 20, 2010 6:47:19 AM

I just put a dot in the centre. With practice, I have learned to apply the right amount. I like this method because it completely avoids any possibility of trapped air bubbles.
Although, the differences are so very minor that they may not even make a difference of even a single degree. Apply in whatever way you want, I say. Just don't over apply.
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a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 6:59:04 AM

+1 to what welshmousepk said.

Super thin layer on the chip (just enough to not see the chip), then a dot on the HSF.
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:47:23 AM

enzo matrix said:
I just put a dot in the centre. With practice, I have learned to apply the right amount. I like this method because it completely avoids any possibility of trapped air bubbles.
Although, the differences are so very minor that they may not even make a difference of even a single degree. Apply in whatever way you want, I say. Just don't over apply.


That's just what I do!
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 1:44:34 PM

I use the method with the plastic card. I add the classic 'grain of rice' to the cpu and spread it evenly. I don't like the clamp pressure method, especially with AS5, because it's a quite thick TIM and the pressure needed to spread it cannot be healty for the cpu/mobo. No cooler's mounting system will create that amount of stress anyway. Other TIM's like OCZ's are much thinner. Then you can consider that method.

Also depends on the cooler you're using. If you have a Zalman with its mirror finished perfectly flat base, only apply a thin layer on the cpu, no extra dot on the heatsink as you will certainly overdo then.
I have a ultra 120 extreme, with large machine marks on the base which isn't flat at all. I apply a thin layer on the cpu and fill up the machine marks (which are more like grooves) with paste. I tried other methods in the past but this works best for this cooler in my opinion.
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 2:16:49 PM

Enzo Matrix FTW
July 20, 2010 5:09:23 PM

Quote:
Read directions.



Directions are so bland these days. I want to know what people have experience with to better myself and then to be able to better others when they need to know.
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 5:51:22 PM

benson733, I've got a little question for you. Can you explain me how to add the cpu-z validator banner to this forum? I'd like to add mine too. Just copying the url on cpu-z's page doesn't seem to work for me.

Thanks
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 6:03:09 PM

you have to get the stadalone jpeg link, then paste it between
July 20, 2010 6:05:08 PM

Nils said:
benson733, I've got a little question for you. Can you explain me how to add the cpu-z validator banner to this forum? I'd like to add mine too. Just copying the url on cpu-z's page doesn't seem to work for me.

Thanks





When you click submit in cpu-z validator you want to use this link not the address bar link.

http://yfrog.com/jktutfp

a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 6:35:56 PM

Send you a PM. Better to discuss it there.
July 20, 2010 8:19:34 PM

I did not get the box. I went to this little repair shop with an MDG connection, I told the guy what I wanted exactly and he installed it for me. Everything says 930 I assume the box said 930 too.

Cool so I got a "rare" cpu then? ( haha my 930 was clocked as a 940 at the factory, meaning I got a $250 deal!!!)
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July 20, 2010 8:20:26 PM

enzo matrix said:
Wow that's awesome. Your multiplier is actually one more than it should be:
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=41447
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37148

It's at 22 when it should be at 21. The multiplier is locked on this CPU too. It's clocked as a 940, but CPU-z reads it as a 930. Your box says 930?


Have you ever heard of Intel Turbo Mode? This ups the multiplier by one and even two if only one core is used.
July 20, 2010 8:22:45 PM

I heard of it but don't know what it does....
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:28:56 PM

Well now you know. It even looks like you've got it enabled. I don't recommend it as it takes over cpu voltage control and sets it way to high. Before I OC'ed my 920, I had TM enabled to get 2.8G and it set the voltage to 1.25V. Now I have it running 24/7 at 3.8G and only 1.22V.
a c 131 à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:30:06 PM

I just assumed his computer was idle when he took the readings. And I thought it turbo'd to 3.06GHz, not 2.93GHz?
run prime95 all threads and see if it settles on a multiplier setting.
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:30:27 PM

as for thermal paste, I heard on the i7 chips to use an x ( it's what I used) just my 2 cents
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:31:51 PM

22*133MHz equals 2926MHz or 2.93GHz. Why 3.06GHz?
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:33:27 PM

Hard Line said:
as for thermal paste, I heard on the i7 chips to use an x ( it's what I used) just my 2 cents


X-pattern seems like using way too much paste to me.
July 20, 2010 8:34:41 PM

enzo matrix said:
I just assumed his computer was idle when he took the readings. And I thought it turbo'd to 3.06GHz, not 2.93GHz?
run prime95 all threads and see if it settles on a multiplier setting.




here is my idle readings for my cpu...
a c 131 à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:35:17 PM

Nils said:
22*133MHz equals 2926MHz or 2.93GHz. Why 3.06GHz?

Because that's what intel said lol. read the specs I linked you to about the i7 930.
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:38:31 PM

enzo matrix said:
Because that's what intel said lol. read the specs I linked you to about the i7 930.


Yes now I see. 3.06GHz is the rare case when it sets the MP to 23 (in case of 930) and this renders 23*133=3059MHz.
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 8:40:55 PM

@ benson733: You should see the result I get when adding my signature. Only the url itself, no banner :( 
July 20, 2010 8:53:52 PM

Nils said:
@ benson733: You should see the result I get when adding my signature. Only the url itself, no banner :( 






your missing the bolded section
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 9:01:22 PM

About the CPU: That seems normal for a CPU which has Intel Speedstep and other powersaving utilities turned on. I disable them so in your case that would give 2.8G in idle instead of 1.6G.

About the banner: is this what I should write at signatures:
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 9:02:13 PM

WHAT!!! In a post it works!!!! Strange
July 20, 2010 9:05:40 PM

Nils said:
About the CPU: That seems normal for a CPU which has Intel Speedstep and other powersaving utilities turned on. I disable them so in your case that would give 2.8G in idle instead of 1.6G.

About the banner: is this what I should write at signatures:
]http://valid.canardpc.com/cache/banner/1305602.png



how do I disable the power saving???
a b à CPUs
July 20, 2010 9:07:36 PM

Goto bios. Then look for something like CPU features. Maybe it's already listed in your OC main page.
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