Best way to apply Thermal Paste.



There is no one perfect way to apply thermal paste. You can ask 100 different people and probably get 100 different answers. Most like to use the pea size dab about 5 to 5.5 millimeters in size. The most important thing to remeber is that you don't need alot to be effective. You only need a little thermal paste, to much will cause overheating and will make your temps worse.
 
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There is no one perfect way to apply thermal paste. You can ask 100 different people and probably get 100 different answers. Most like to use the pea size dab about 5 to 5.5 millimeters in size. The most imoportant thing to remeber is that you don't need alot to be effective. You only need a little thermal paste, to much will cause overheating and will make your temps worse.


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Due to the different viscosity of different pastes there is no single correct way to apply a thermal paste. Even Arctic Silver recommends different ways for different CPUs. Go with the manufacturer recommended method as the different manufacturers do extensive testing to find the best method for their respective pastes.
 

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I used to use the smear method, but have recently switched to the single dot. about the size of a grain of rice, and it always seems to work perfectly.

There are lots of complex ways to do it, but i'm pretty sure the single dot is the easiest and least likely to go wrong.
 
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As I said above there is single correct way. Go with whatever way the paste manufacturer recommends.
 
I would do the dot method as I said in the very beginning. I would avoid doing the spread method with a credit or buisness card as it increases the chance of bubbles which will cause heat problems. There is no real need to spread it as the pressure of the heatsink and locking will spread the thermal paste.