I just picked up a Threadripper and X399 for a steal last weekend, and I'm waiting for the monoblock to get here from EK before I get it all setup. I've watched about a million videos about threadripper thermal paste application, and I've also seen the rumors about the X3900 hotspot issues and making sure your heatpipes are aligned. This makes me think that the threadripper would also have hotspots that would need to be managed correctly.
I'm also a fan of the IC Graphite pads, since I don't get that lingering doubt of "did I use enough paste" that only a 12 pack will get rid of. Unfortunately, I'm newly broke (I bought a threadripper and ek monoblock) and can't afford a 12 pack anymore.
In the video review they discuss for a second how the pad is 10 times more conductive sideways than through. That suggests that it would be great a spreading out hotspots in hotspot prone chips. Has anyone done any testing of the anti-hotspot properties of the graphite? Are there any obvious reasons why this is stupid and I'm stupid and I should delete my browser?
I've attached the material datasheet that shows the conductivity: " Thermal conductivity : X-Y direction 400W/m∙K, Z direction (28W/m∙K) "