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Hi, just wondering what would be acceptable thermal paste spreading on a cpu and what would be invalid or unnacceptable spreading on a cpu? I used the line or small cooked grain of rice method for my 4790k and my noctua heatsink, I just want to know what appropriate results should look like and would be wrong 

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Hi, just wondering what would be acceptable thermal paste spreading on a cpu and what would be invalid or unnacceptable spreading on a cpu? I used the line or small cooked grain of rice method for my 4790k and my noctua heatsink, I just want to know what appropriate results should look like and would be wrong 

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yeah a small cooked rice is enough, and it will spread when you put the heatsink on

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Abnormally high temperatures is a good sign. Of course, that is not limited to poor thermal paste application though.

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Hi, just wondering what would be acceptable thermal paste spreading on a cpu and what would be invalid or unnacceptable spreading on a cpu? I used the line or small cooked grain of rice method for my 4790k and my noctua heatsink, I just want to know what appropriate results should look like and would be wrong 

If the thermal paste just reaches to the end of the heat spreader of your CPU it's perfect.

 

Wow... Most people seem to not understand the question...

 

 

 

 

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Spread it, don't spread it. Do whatever you feel comfortable with. Just don't use too much.

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yeah a small cooked rice is enough, and it will spread when you put the heatsink on

WOULD IT REALLY.

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If the thermal paste just reaches to the end of the heat spreader of your CPU it's perfect.

 

Wow... Most people seem to not understand the question...

I KNOW RIGHT. LOL 

 

Can you go into detail like with imagery? Like an image example? Thank you by the way for understanding the question 

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WOULD IT REALLY.

yes, if you want you can take it out and check if it reached the whole heatspreader

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Hi there, thank you, that looks about right what I had done, could you provide an example of proper paste spreading and improper spreading? 

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I KNOW RIGHT. LOL 

 

Can you go into detail like with imagery? Like an image example? Thank you by the way for understanding the question 

If the part that is supposed to touch the heatsink is almost completely covered in siliconed grease, then you get the right amount, don't exced either, you don't want to have it all over the socket

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Hi there, thank you, that looks about right what I had done, could you provide an example of proper paste spreading and improper spreading? 

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i spread it out all the time. i also use very thin viscosity paste. ( AC5 in texture is too thick for me as is the "diamond" crap ).

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Hi, just wondering what would be acceptable thermal paste spreading on a cpu and what would be invalid or unnacceptable spreading on a cpu? I used the line or small cooked grain of rice method for my 4790k and my noctua heatsink, I just want to know what appropriate results should look like and would be wrong 

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I KNOW RIGHT. LOL 

 

Can you go into detail like with imagery? Like an image example? Thank you by the way for understanding the question 

You're lucky that I'm in a good mood, cause I made this little picture for you:

It should be pretty self explanatory. ;)

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You're lucky that I'm in a good mood, cause I made this little picture for you:

It should be pretty self explanatory. ;)

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THANK YOU! 

 

So, why are those crescents around the edges acceptable? 

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Thank you so much for reading the posts. Christ.

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Thank you so much for reading the posts. Christ.

No problem.

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Spreading works fine if you get a thin uniform layer, but it's an enormous pain in the ass and the single grain of rice size drop in the middle works just as well and is 100x easier.

 

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Thermal-Paste-Application-Techniques-170/

 

GOOD: https://www.pugetsystems.com/images/pic_disp.php?id=21964&width=800&height=800

BAD: https://www.pugetsystems.com/images/pic_disp.php?id=21965&width=800&height=800

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Hi, just wondering what would be acceptable thermal paste spreading on a cpu and what would be invalid or unnacceptable spreading on a cpu? I used the line or small cooked grain of rice method for my 4790k and my noctua heatsink, I just want to know what appropriate results should look like and would be wrong 

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A pea, or grain of rice, or a line. It will all be ok. Go look at a delidded cpu and you will see what the die looks like underneath the IHS so basically you don't have to have it reach the four corners or the IHS, its going to spread out in a circle pretty much but any method is going to be fine. Now on a graphics card or a delidded cpu you want to make sure you have full coverage because the die is fully exposed and needs to be fully covered.

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THANK YOU! 

 

So, why are those crescents around the edges acceptable? 

That's just how the "rice" method spreads out. There isn't much you can to about. But the actual CPU chip is located in the middle anyways, so it doesn't make much difference if the corners are covered in thermal paste or not.

 

 

 

 

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