AMD CPU application Disclaimer:
We have used an Intel CPU to represent the thermal paste application of an AMD processor. We have chosen the Intel CPU to simply illustrate the pea-dot method.
The AMD CPUs generally have a square die under the IHS, whereby a more circular and round thermal paste application is preferred over the oval and rectangular shaped thermal paste application. Through our experience (and with correctly applied thermal paste), we found AMD processors to have an even spread of temperature through their CPU cores.
In order to achieve the best results on an AMD processor, you’ll want to apply the pea-dot method (also known as the middle-dot method). In order to achieve the best results, carefully push on the syringe of your thermal paste and put a small pea-sized dot at the centre of your processor. This will ensure the CPU heatsink will have an even thermal paste application.
Once you’ve applied a small pea-dot on your processor, you can proceed to installing your CPU cooler. As an observation, you’ll notice the thermal paste application pictured has very small amount of bubbles present. This is the result of uneven pressure of our plastic part used as a stand-in for the real CPU cooler. In reality, when applying the CPU cooler, you will not experience any additional air pockets.