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Old January 4, 2011, 01:22 AM
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I use a business card to apply as thin a layer as I can achieve directly to the heat spreader on the CPU. I still don't understand why the pea method would be better.
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Old January 4, 2011, 03:46 PM
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YouTube - How Thermal Compound Spreads

Personally, I go with the pea-size method. As you can see from the video, spreading the thermal paste actually increases the chance of creating air bubbles.
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Smile method for the win :-D (@ 2:34)

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Old January 7, 2011, 01:42 PM
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Smile method for the win :-D (@ 2:34)
Tried it out of curiosity last night.. Excellent results. Great coverage. And definitely cleaner than the spread technique I was using. Temperatures are right on the mark.
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Old January 10, 2011, 01:40 AM
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Good to hear Slaughter!
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Old January 10, 2011, 06:29 PM
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What about the lifespan of thermal paste after it has been used? I've worked on older computers and it looks like something died underneath the hsf.. should you worry about it after a few years? I never have, but looking at old computers with crust covering the cpu makes me worry about my own computer.
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Old January 10, 2011, 06:48 PM
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I can't really say as I usually upgrade within a year... And the odd computer I don't upgrade, I usually change the thermal paste once a year.
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I can't really say as I usually upgrade within a year...


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Old January 11, 2011, 06:29 PM
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Pea method!
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Old January 22, 2011, 04:18 AM
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I used to spread it across the chip, now I just use the Pea method.
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