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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:52
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Edited by petroid, 14 December 2007 - 13:03.
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Posted 15 December 2007 - 02:09
I've read that the Céramique works better than the Arctic Silver 5.
Posted 15 December 2007 - 02:19
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Posted 15 December 2007 - 02:23
The more expensive brands use a lot more higer conductive metal like silver so they are more efficient but more expensive!
The way I spread AS5 is pretty much as the instructions used to say. Too much of it is counter productive, so I use a blob about the same size of a grain of rice and spread it evenly around the top of the center of the processor. You want reasonable coverage, but you don't need to spread it edge to edge as the core is smaller than the heat spreader over it anyway!
Posted 27 February 2008 - 19:17
Posted 28 February 2008 - 02:04
Sorry for the thread revival, but I have an X2 coming in the next day or two and I wanted to double-check one thing quick.
Senalphsarci: First of all, amazing post. Seriously, if there isn't one already, post that in the guides forum as "How to apply thermal paste."
You mentioned that the plus-sign method is optimal for dual-core chips, but that a rice-grain-sized amount is best for single-core chips. I'm just a little worried that the plus-sign might be a disproportionately high volume to a grain of rice. I'm probably making a mountain out of a molehill here, but needless to say I'd rather not oversaturate my nice new proc and have it burn up while I'm trying to compile glibc or something. I ordered Arctic Silver (can't remember if it was 5 or not) with the parts from Newegg, going mostly on their reputation as I had never used their stuff before.
Assuming that the plus sign isn't going to be too much for an Athlon64 X2, I apply it with each "arm" reaching about 1cm, then press straight down with the heatsink, right? Do I have to worry about the heatsink shifting, turning, sliding, etc? Can this result in the formation of air bubbles?
I know I'm being quasi-neurotic here. Thanks for humouring me.
Posted 28 February 2008 - 02:22
Arctic Silver 5 does have a drawback. It uses silver, which conducts electricity. If you apply too much, and it gets onto the pins of the processor, you can short out and damage the processor and/or the motherboard. Please follow their instructions carefully. I use arctic silver 5 and followed their instructions, and have no problems at all.
Posted 28 February 2008 - 03:55
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