my hands are shaky cant create a perfect X
Blackhawk is correct. I pea size (max)... even a grain of rice size is good. The point of thermal paste is to fill in the imperfections on the CPU "lid" and the base of the cooler... creating a perfect flat surface between the 2 parts. Put the small dab on, then press the cooler into place. give the cooler a small twist back and forth to spread the paste more, then secure firmly into place.
You just need to put a little dot of paste in the center and when you put the heat sink on it will spread.
The more obsessive will use a plastic card to spread the paste evenly over the surface before putting the heat sink on.
this - https://www.pugetsystems...lication-Techniques-170/ Best Performance:X Shape
LOL!! That article is HARDLY scientific!
They should have redone the test MULTIPLE TIMES with each technique and checked for averages.
Other uncontrollable factors that will affect that outcome are inconsistencies in the paste itself, the placement and the removal of the heat sink, and the surface of the heat sink itself.
Also notice the difference in the amount of paste used on the X in that article vs the amount used in your pictures!
You used WAY too much! You need to take your heat sink off and make sure you didn't have any s[censored]over!
So, short story, is that it doesn't really matter what pattern you use, or if you get a perfectly even spread... just that you get some paste on there, and not SO MUCH that it is s[censored]ing onto the cpu socket and the MB.
the x-shape was messy but with pea-shape temperatures were higher. upon booting up it's already above 40 degrees and during playing dota 2 highest was 67 degrees
i was able to use my pc for a couple of days without problems with the x-shaped
so what now? what do you suggest now
1) thats still WAY too much.
2) you are doing this with the stock cooler?? I hate to say it but you shouldnt... the stock cooler comes with paste pre-applied (as you can see here)
those 3 areas are paste
3) what kind of paste is that stuff? it seems very "wet"