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    How thermal compound spreads

    This may interest some people:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4


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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Haha I can't believe I just watched that with interest

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Awesome. I've tended to spread after getting poor results using AS5 with pea/rice methods.

    I use MX-2 now. Maybe I'll go back to pea.

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Dotting it would seem best. Although the air trapped with the spread method would soon be squeezed out no?

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    The cross method looked really effective!

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Would be interesting to hear what methods people here use and prefer


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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    They should have tried a diagonal line (half the cross) and see if that did much

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    As long as you apply it sensibly i don't think you can go too wrong.
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Always done the 'spread' method myself.
    Should you be interested? Here's what I've been...
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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Are airbubbles bad?

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Quote Originally Posted by Predator View Post
    Are airbubbles bad?
    Yes, air is what they use in insulation materials to prevent the transfer of heat.

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    I always used spread as well, seems its not the most efficient!

    Surely when doing a line/dot/cross its best to research what CPU you are using and where the actual cores are underneath the metal cover then apply the paste accordingly?

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    rice grain for many years now

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    I used to spread a thin layer on the CPU but, For the last few years have dotted the centre. Never bothered with 'tinting' and run reasonable temps. 36c at 100% load.

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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Thread hijack!

    Which is better:

    Both are roughtly the same price

    Arctic Cooling MX-2

    or

    Thermalright Chill Factor 2

    While the differences I know are going to be small which do you prefer


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    Re: How thermal compound spreads

    Also slightly off topic, but which compound do you guys/girls prefer?

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