MX-2 TIM: Installation Instructions?

Jake_Barnes

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I have a tube of ARCTIC COOLING MX-2. Here is AC's installation instructions: MX-2: Installation Instructions

The installation instructions (a small dollop in the middle of the CPU) seems about right for a single core chip. I want to use this stuff on a 45nm quad - so my question is, "what is a better way to insure that I have TIM evenly spread between the HSF and the CPU (all cores)?"

I called AC Tech and they are useless. Guy didn't have a clue. I know, I know - this is another "how do I spread TIM" question, but this is specific to this product. My inclination is to spread a very thin layer over the chip and then just tighten down a HSF (with a slight twisting action).

Anybody have experience with AC MX-2 and quads? Or MX-2 in general?
 

bobbknight

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Arctic silver has very specific instructions for each cpu type.
I know AS is not AC but wtf who cares.
I do the grain of rice thing and spreed it round with me finger.
I have never had a problem with my method.
 

Conumdrum

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You'd be amazed how a dollop the size betwen a grain of rice and a small pea will spread. I suggest you try it yourself, take the HS off and see how it looks. On the quad, maybe do the line like the AS paste. MX-2 is paste like AS, so why would you do it any diff?
 

eklipz330

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i like putting tape on the edges of the cpu, puttin a little mx-2 in the middle, and spread it with a straight edge of some sort, maybe a razor

i keep adding a little until i see a VERY thin layer of it all across, than pull off the tape, forms a perfect square! its so cool -_- lol

use somethign sharp and straight, you should still see a little of the IHS when your done spreading
 

Jake_Barnes

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Now that sounds good and you sound like you've actually used MX-2. This compound has excellent reviews, but I've never used it before, so I don't know with certainty if it's a paste with the same consistency of AS 5. I'm told it's thicker. But your method makes sense. Thanks.
 

Conumdrum

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I have used it many times, it's my fav now, I have used 3 tubes since it came out. It's not rocket science. It's TIM. Apply it, try it. Don't like the temps, try another method etc. You seem to know the methods.

I use a small blob between a grain of rice and a small pea. Or if a quad, a line.
 

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