Best Way to Apply Thermal Paste

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This is probably the most asked question, and I've researched the internet but I cannot find a a solid answer for it. Everyone has their own opinion and opinions are not facts or a valid benchmark.

Does anyone know of a scientific test that was used which proves the best way to apply thermal paste? Did Tom's ever do a review?
 

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This is probably the most asked question, and I've researched the internet but I cannot find a a solid answer for it. Everyone has their own opinion and opinions are not facts or a valid benchmark.

Does anyone know of a scientific test that was used which proves the best way to apply thermal paste? Did Tom's ever do a review?


Your JOKE-IN? Right? Use your finger and put it on there. If your not running a radiator or anything like thermal gel in a fish tank you shouldn't worry about it. All you need is a finger and some Artic Silver compond. All your answers are on newegg.com

FYI- All you have to do is make sure you don't put to much or to little and that it dosn't go over the sides of the CPU.

Thanks.
 

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Not your finger, unless it's sealed in plastic wrap or a baggie. You can get skin cells on the paste. But you do have to make sure there are no spaces when the 2 pieces meet A-S id gummy, doesn't flow like the white stuff. I had to do my first Arctic Silver 3 times till it was just right.
 

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It dosn't matter trust me I run a real gaming rig:

Specs:

GTX 260 1GIG of DDR3

AMD ATHOLON 2 x 2 Dual Core @ 3.0Ghz

3Gig's of Ram Dual Channel DDR2 800Mhz

160Gig Veloc-raptor 10,000RPM

and I'm playing on the Crysis editor Resolution 1680 by 1050, all VeryHigh settings and I'm writing a paper on Office and on here telling you that using your finger to apply the thermal paste WONT HURT IT I PROMISE YOU!!!! You know what I DONT EVEN USE A STATIC WRIST STRAP!
 

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If I did would you be surprised! lol...

Well I can tell you I think its funny when were having a thread about the most perfect way to apply thermal paste I went to college for 2 years and thermal paste wasn't ever and I mean ever talked about in this extreme. Slap it on there and your good to go!
 

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Thank you. End of our Discussion.

If it aint broke don't fix it.
 

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Buddy, believe me...i applied the paste with my finger and my i7 idles at 26 Celcius....and doesn't get past 40 (maybe very rarely) during various loads.
 

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Anyone suggesting a one size fits all method doesn't understand that each thermal paste is different. Some are ok with multiple application methods, others only work properly with one. I can think of one paste where spreading with your finger will do nothing but polish the stamp off the IHS.

As a general rule I would suggest using pressure to spread the paste, but you should still research the product you bought.
 

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I would LOVE to know how you running a "REEEL GAMING RIG" makes your opinion any more valid, let alone how well it will run crysis.


Personally I'd use a plastic bag over your finger if you're spreading it that way, some of the thermal paste is nasty ***.
 

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Yeah how is that a real gaming rig...? Is there a definition that clearly states what is and isn't.?
 

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I'm saying my hardware alone will most likley be running hotter for the fact I'm game with a intensive application an in = Crysis sandbox 2 editor! I applied the thermal paste not even with Artic Silver compound just some stock SH** that came with my AMD II x 2 3.02 GHz Dual Core and it runs cooler then most OEM put together projects that you would be purchasing from a store and I USED MY FINGER TO APPLY! Well I guess if you don't want to get those poor hands a little dirty then use a little baggy over your finger. I'm done talking about this!
 

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There's dirty and then there is toxic, the difference between the two is considerable.

Also an Athlon 2 running at 3.0 isnt even going to run hot in the first place...
 

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Aside from the fact they can be toxic. The bag is to protect the thermal paste, not you.
 

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First of all anything running under a benchmark or a load can get hot! I've gotten things from RAM to overheat to Harddrives!
 

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Don't worry the thermal paste will be fine, your not going to hurt it! I know thermal paste is really fragile!

*lol*