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Old 11-22-2006, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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okay i have a zalman 9500 coming.
also got some as-5 last week.
on arctic silver's website, they say "just a bb sized dot in the approximate center of the cpu (if it has a heatspreader, mine does), as the as-5 draws the heat up and out, so it's actually more important to have a good interface directly above the cpu core...

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appi..._dual_wcap.pdf
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on the zalman site, they say cover it lightly from corner to corner (ie the entire top) with grease.
which is correct?
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Zalman always says spread over. But I think a dab of AS5 w/o spreading will be fine, because when you put the heatsink on, it will spread anyway.
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I just put a rice size dot in the middle and let the pressure from tightening the Zalman spread it.
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sweet that's what i figured...
i used it with my stock, seems to have dropped a few degrees. i know it has to "burn in", but i will have the zalman monday and have to start all over...sigh.
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