Pupik, on 04 October 2012 - 14:38, said:
Don't you need to apply it differently now with dual, quad and etc. numbers of cores in the cpu?
You can, but it won't make much of a difference.
I look at it this way, if you took a processor with no cooling the heat from the cores will spread throughout the entire IHS (not evenly of course since the heat source is in the center), so why try to "spot cool" only over top the cores? The heat that doesn't transfer directly to the thermal paste is going to spread to the parts of the IHS that doesn't have thermal paste, and then those parts of the IHS are not going to get cooled as efficiently.
Might as well cool the entire IHS, more surface area being cooled = more cooling to the cores. No point in trying to only cool over top the cores when the whole IHS is going to get at least some
heat from the cores.