Thats a valid point. And yeah in looking back at least at that pic i took before i redid it, it did look like there was a bit too much.Do you really have a problem that is worth fixing?
Are you a P95 overclocking competitor?
It seems that your current gaming and rendering runs well.
Even if you hit 100c. momentarily, the cpu does not throttle and you keep running.
I do agree that the thermal grease pattern you showed looks strange and offset.
But, not any die bending is evident.
I might think there was too much residual and a bit less paste would be in order the next time you apply some.
Paste is an insulator, compared to metal to metal contact.
But it is much better than air.
Use as l1ttle as possible.
I guess im just out to solve the mystery more than anything, but running with 241watt boxed cooler mode, i run fine, under 95 in the worst tests at least, but at that mode whether its avx -1 or avx -3, it always runs at 4888 mhz for avx loads during cinebench, i guess neutered by the 241 watt limit, but keeping temps in check.
I was fairly certain others with 360 style coolers were under at least upper 80s no 90s on 4096 watt mode (though they dont list that wattage), i assume its the only way they are getting their avx clocks high enough to get into the 28.5k+ r23 range.
I guess thats the only thing im trying to clarify, wattage limit 241, means neutered avx frequencies of 4888 no matter what.
Ill accept that if so, maybe later change the paste one more time, toss out the generic lga 1700 backplate i got off amazon when the real nzxt one arrives and retest for fun.