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    Thermal Paste Application Techniques:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheetaB View Post
    I tried everything suggested here but nothing helped. Finally, I re-applied new heat-sink compound (for the 3rd time). This time, however, after thouroughly cleaning the old compound off of both the heat sink and the chip, I used my finger to spread the compound around (on the chip), leaving a thin layer that covered the entire surface of the chip. Previously, I had been putting a small glob in the center of the chip and then just setting the heat sink down on top of it thinking it would spread itself just fine. Obviously, it didn't because now my system is running quietly and obviously, much cooler.
    Normally putting a dap the size of a grain of rice works well enough, but one has to wiggle the heat sink around prior to lock seating it into place, to get it to spread.
    Using a finger imparts impurities and oils that can have a detrimental effect.
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