Originally Posted by thebigdintx
yes....i recommend artic silver 5 and they have directions on their site...just put a very small (grain of rice size) on the processor and spread it out real thin either with a credit card or just put the heatsink on and let that spread it.
Correct for single core cpu's but things have changed with the advent of multicore cpu's
At OP, READ HERE
, although it is AS5 specific it is a good guide for most 99% silver based compounds.
Just ensure you get the right instructions for the right TIM/cpu
MX-2 is different to AS5 as is Ceramique, there is no "one method suits all"
The best way is to follow instructions, repeat as necessary until you are satisfied with the result.
Also note: AS5 (and most 99% silver based TIMs) require a "settling in" period of around 200 hours pc usage and several thermal cycles (power down, cool off, cold boot) to gain maximum efficiency. The newer generation of TIM like MX-2 requires no "settling in" period.