Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 19

Thread: Spread or Squish?

  1. #1
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Oxford
    Posts
    418
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Question Spread or Squish?

    I thought the recommended way to apply Generic Thermal Compound was by spreading a very thin layer over the core?

    Though recently I've been seeing others saying that you're supposed to put a blob onto the centre of the core and it'll squish out when the heatsink is installed, any excess being squished off the core

    Anyone?

    /edit - vBB code = no superscript
    Last edited by Dr. X; 09-01-2004 at 01:32 PM.

  2. #2
    Triple Ox
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    484
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Nah, dont do it that way.... stick with the think even layer

  3. #3
    One skin, two skin......
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Durham
    Posts
    1,705
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ethos
    Nah, dont do it that way.... stick with the think even layer
    I 'think' in between thick and thin????

  4. #4
    Triple Ox
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    484
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Whoops, thin

  5. #5
    TiG
    TiG is offline
    Walk a mile in other peoples shoes...
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Questioning it all
    Posts
    6,213
    Thanks
    45
    Thanked
    48 times in 43 posts
    I'd prefer to do it properly, i've always ensured i've had better case temperatures when i've taken time over it.

    TiG
    -- Hexus Meets Rock! --

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    LONDON
    Posts
    318
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Big RICHARD
    I 'think' in between thick and thin????
    yes but "n" is a long way from "c" for it to be a typo of "thick" unless dyslexia pld a part o'course (not that I'm suggesting Ethos is a sufferer)

  7. #7
    HEXUS webmaster Steve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Bristol
    Posts
    14,268
    Thanks
    286
    Thanked
    828 times in 468 posts
    • Steve's system
      • CPU:
      • Intel i3-350M 2.27GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GiB Crucial DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 320GB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Intel HD3000
      • Operating System:
      • Ubuntu 11.10
    If you just put a blob on it you risk area's of non-coverage or even air pockets.

    Spread a thin layer.
    PHP Code:
    $s = new signature();
    $s->sarcasm()->intellect()->font('Courier New')->display(); 

  8. #8
    sugar n spikes floppybootstomp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Greenwich
    Posts
    1,159
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked
    34 times in 30 posts
    • floppybootstomp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P8Z68-V Pro
      • CPU:
      • i7 Sandybridge Quad Core 3.4Ghz
      • Memory:
      • 8Gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • Corsair 128Gb SSD; 1Tb for games; 500Gb for data
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA Nvidia 1Gb GTX 560
      • PSU:
      • Corsair Modular 620W
      • Case:
      • Antech 900 Gamers Case
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Ben Q EW2730V 27"
      • Internet:
      • Zen as ISP; Linksys Wireless Router; 4 machine network
    Thin layer on CPU core.

    Small blob on area of heatsink that will cover core.

    Using small plastic bag, rub the small blob into heatsink core with your finger, using a circular motion.

    Wipe h/s clean of excess compound, using lint free cloth (this fills in any crevices on the h/s)

    Mount.

    If not tight enough, btw, and it's clip mounting, re-tension clip using sturdy needle nose pliers (bend it a bit).

    Well, that's how I do it anyway

  9. #9
    Nox
    Nox is offline
    Vorsprung durch Technik
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Hampshire
    Posts
    2,023
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    2 times in 2 posts
    • Nox's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Yes
      • CPU:
      • Yes
      • Memory:
      • Yes
      • Storage:
      • Yes
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Yes
      • PSU:
      • Yes
      • Case:
      • Yes
      • Monitor(s):
      • Yes
      • Internet:
      • Yes
    i tend to use a credit card type object to spread the stuff as thinly as possible, then attach the heatsink.

    from what used to be a great site until it sold out:

    http://www.devhardware.com/c/a/How-T...Thermal-Paste/

    Nox

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,308
    Thanks
    599
    Thanked
    289 times in 201 posts
    I use the bag n spread method

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Omnipresent
    Posts
    293
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    I use the card method a la Nox, but I reckon either way makes no difference as long as you got the crevices filled, and a nice thin even layer

  12. #12
    Homestarr Mod
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    3,863
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked
    31 times in 28 posts
    i tell u what rules for putting on thermal is surgeons rubber gloves. next time u are at the dentist or doctors ask for a few pairs. preferably not after he has used them to check your prostate

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Geordie Land
    Posts
    195
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Plastic bag method works well for me, I know AS has guidelines on doing it right but my method is slightly different.

    Gently clean the contact area of the sink/block with metal finishing (uber fine rubberised grit) block (removes oxidisation layer that builds up over time when in contact with air) This can give a mirror like shine if done to excess or on something like copper.

    Wipe down with a white spirit substitute and allow to dry (won't take long). *small* squirt of HTC of choice and using a plastic bag over your finger (I prefer Asda's but YMMV ) work this into the contact area, the objective is not to leave a noticable surface layer, it's worked into the tiny imperfections. I tend to leave this and then apply a thin layer (ie thicker a visable layer) using the same method to the core making sure it's not too thick as it will splurge out under compression conditions and on an AMD that can be bad thing!

    Mount the sink and rock n roll. BTW a pack of a thousand latex gloves is only a few quid from your local hairdressing warehouse... Homebase charge the same for about 10.

    *imagines hexus members all running out to local hairdressing warehouses*

  14. #14
    mutantbass head Lee H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    M28, Manchester
    Posts
    14,204
    Thanks
    337
    Thanked
    671 times in 580 posts
    • Lee H's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI Z370 Carbon Gaming
      • CPU:
      • Intel i7 8700K Unlocked CPU
      • Memory:
      • 16 GB Corsair Vengeance 3200 LPX
      • Storage:
      • 250GB 960 EVO + a few more drives
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 6GB Palit GTX 1060 Dual
      • PSU:
      • Antec Truepower 750W Modular Blue
      • Case:
      • Corsair 600T White Edition
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 PRO
      • Monitor(s):
      • 27" Asus MX279H & 24" Acer 3D GD245HQ + the 3D glasses
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media
    I use the credit card method - got 1 free in the coolermaster premium compound kit as well as a template thingy for different cpu's which is handy.

    I have also used the plastic bag method and found freezer bags are quite good as they are see-through so you can see what you are doing

    Lee

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    On my Arse!!
    Posts
    283
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    I give it a good stiff poking with my finger.

    Seriously though, it depends on the core me thinks.....but generally for P4 (etc) IHS then I smear it about with my finger to a thin layer. For smaller direct core contact CPUs then I tend to either do the same, or if it's not a vital CPU then just wack a blob on it and go for the "squish" method.

    TBH farting about with blades and suchlike to get an even layer isn't going to offer any dividends unless the paste is quite stiff and liable to not squish under the heatsink pressue, So I tend to just use runny stuff myself as I've found AS1, AS2, AS3 to be just an expensive gimmick.

    MM

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    In a barn, on a farm!
    Posts
    365
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked
    8 times in 7 posts
    Instead of a plastic bag I use clingfilm seems to work better than a plastic bag

    With very similar application method to Avalon

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •