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How do you tell if your heatsink grease is too thin?


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#1 printerandink

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

How do you tell if it is too thin?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

if you can see the die underneath. It needs to be thin, but not transparent, equally spread.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:02 AM

When I first applied it it was too thick. As I was trying to clean it off it got all over the sides of the CPU. I was able to clean it off but some of it got into the seams on the sides of the cpu between the pcb and the die of the cpu. Also, some got on the socket, but none of it got in the pin holes (I also slightly bent one pin accidentally and tapped it back into shape. It dropped into the socket without any trouble though) and I cleaned all of it up except for a very tiny amount in those indented areas that are on the mount of the lever handle.

All of this was cleaned up pretty well though.

Would any of this effect the cooling performance?

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:08 PM

to much can affect the cooling, as far as it being on the socket/sides of the CPU, no it wouldnt affect the cooling, but if anything got onto the pin area or in the pin holes, it could cause the CPU to run improperly.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:34 PM

It would be pretty noticeable if it wasn't running right, right?

Seems to be doing well so far. Better than it was on stock in fact.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:20 PM

Youd be getting BSODs and the like, so ya pretty noticeable.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:09 PM

I usually put a dab on the heatsink, then use a old credit card to spread it around till it is all covered, still thin.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:25 PM

I tried something like that, but a bb size pellet was no where near big enough.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:21 PM

I usually use a dab about the size of a grain of rice give or take.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:00 PM

I have never spread it and I have put it on a lot of CPUs in a lot of different types of machines without an issue. I always thought that was a feature of the formula used to make the product, that it spread evenly and created the seal on its own.

Whenever I pull a heatsink off of a CPU that I installed years ago, it looks evenly spread.

I may be wrong, does anyone have a definitive answer on that?
Do you spread or dab?

(Watch, I just jinxed myself and my phone is going to start ringing off the hook with clients complaining of overheating CPUs LOL)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:50 PM

Ive done that before, the only catch with doing it that way, if you put on to little, it wont evenly cover the die, and if you put on to much it will seep off the sides and create a barrier, and unless you put on to much theres no garentee it will evenly cover the die, if any metal is in contact, it could cause issues. Im not saying that it necessarily will-but the potential is there. As for me personally, I spread, but I just use my finger to make sure its evenly coated, and keep a paper towel on hand to clean my finger off before touching anything else.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:23 PM

Yeah, for me I think it's a knack. I don't think about it, I just know how much will cover the chip since I've been doing it for so long. Usually by the time I'm doing that part of a job I've got my mind occupied with 'boot anxiety'. Please boot without errors please please :wacko:

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