Thermal Compound Applicaiton

For my processor, an Intel 6700 i7, I bought some ArcticSilver compound to connect my CPU cooler
Following the instructions in the Arctic manual the best I could using a vertical line, is this Ok?
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
Either method will be fine. As long as your application isn't done in a way that encourages entrapping air in a pocket.

It's surprising how efficiently the paste spreads once the clamp goes on.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
The applied paste must be a continuous line or blob. Here's an example of what not to do:
Use the cleaning fluid that came with the kit or high-purity isopropyl alcohol to clean the surfaces then tint the surfaces, they say to use an old credit card,to tint the surfaces, but a plastic bag over your finger is effective and easy.
The processor has a triangle indicator for the vertical line to apply the Arctic Silver compound.
Once the heatsink is in place gently twist it slightly back and forth to spread the compound, then clamp it down.

You may want to watch a couple of youtube guides first.

Tint with credit card

Tint with plastic bag over your finger
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i wonder why they make a difference by cpu model - using vertical line or blob?  i don't see the reason

what i do is use only a tiny blob, that i spread with a piece of address card, say 1 cm or smaller(about 1/4 of an inch) wide to spread it

the idea is that it should fill the small crevasses  on the metal, so there is no insulating air pocket left.
Since both surfaces are flat, and polished - only very little is needed
Computer GuyAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I forgot to add my image of what I did.
that looks like 4/5 th too much to me

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Computer GuyAuthor Commented:
How big of a problem is that?
web_trackerComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
If you are doing a line, I would prefer to do a diagnal line, this would give a better chance of dispersing the compound when the cpu is seated to the heat sink. I agree too much compound has been applied, this is not only wasteful and unnecessary, but it may actually be counter productive. More is does not always mean better.
"Sorry, I forgot to add my image of what I did"

I looked at it...

"How big of a problem is that?"

Probably none...

Watch the youtube links I gave you, also do a stress test on the CPU  (detailed in the link) to be sure  that the heat sink is seated correctly and cooling the CPU correctly.

If poor test results, then do the steps detailed in my first comment again.
>>  How big of a problem is that?   << 
1. more does not help, may even diminue the heat transfer a bit
2- it can be pushed out over the sides of the cpu chip when fastening the cpu ; if it spreads oce contacts - can cause shorts
3. if nothing happens - don't worry then
That is the author's choice to accept the first OK answer, but when better answers with more info. follow, shouldn't  they be considered also?
The author's photo shows clearly that too much Arctic Silver was used compared to the Arctic Silver manufacturer's links, as commented by myself and nobus
I gave recommendations to check the effectiveness of the Arctic Silver with heat stress testing.
Also there was no feedback from the author whether or not correct cleaning of surfaces and tinting was completed.
nobus also stated that if Arctic Silver spills out it can short the mobo.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:

I've just returned to EE after a long layoff and I'm getting the impression that there are a lot of questioners who don't appreciate free contributions, and some big time experts who should be more proactive in sharing. Here for instance, the questioner said all answers helped, but gave the points to one person -  who accepted and said nothing.

Now I'm guilty of doing the same thing.

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