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Old December 3, 2017, 09:41 PM
Valkyrie Valkyrie is offline
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I always use the dot in the middle or line method of application, as I think it reduces the chance of trapping air pockets in the TIM. If you're putting together two reasonably flat, smooth surfaces, it's hard to use too little. Also, you can only apply so much clamping force without causing problems. I think the limited clamping force and the viscosity of the TIM along with the heat cycling aiding the flow or spread is what's going on with the "break in" effect. If we all had high spec "clean rooms" to do this operation, that would also help, as a single tiny spec of lint or dust may impede the ability to transfer heat.
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