I have a question about applying CPU Paste. I've heard a lot of different opinions how to do that. So should I put it and spread it with finger (wrapped in plastic bag) or should I just let the pressure from the heatsink spread the compound on the CPU ?
makes little difference, ive tried countless theories and bench marked them. temps where exactly the same each time. the main point is to use just enough, about the size of a cooked grain of rice. I either leave it in the middle of the CPU or make an "X" with two small lines on the CPU.
lol dont touch the paste with your fingers. drop a dot on the cooler's surface and the let the pressure do the rest oh and before you put the themal paste please make sure its really clean dirt reduces cooling efficiency. i've seen the difference
I agree completely with ct1615. I would only add that it depends on the formula to some extent. Any good cpu paste (shipped with a cooler) will do a good job; the range between just sticking a dot of past and mashing the cooler on the processor, to lapping the cooler and processor and using a paste with powdered metal in it (the very best have it, but it is more dangerous, since the paste is electrically conductive, is only one degree at most.