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Old September 30, 2013, 06:18 AM
Masteroderus Masteroderus is offline
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Putting on premium TIM over the pre applied will have a tiny effect on your temps. I use premium tims, but you have to realize that there isn't a huge difference.

As to the spread vs pea method, I think it really depends on your TIM.

I always dope both surfaces with a tiny thin layer when working with arctic silver then use a pea in the middle.

But with really sticky stuff, like noctua nh1, it's so simple. You just put a pea sized "squiggle" (think soft serve ice cream) in the middle of the heat spreader and that's it. The pressure of your heatsink on the heat spreader will make a perfectly even and very thin coat.
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