How to apply thermal paste?

There are many ways to apply thermal paste, which is why it has become a sensitive topic for some enthusiasts. Everyone has their own way of applying to get the best results, but in my experience the best temperature comes from the simplest and often minimalist method of application – just one point. This is also known as the “grain of rice” method.

There is an updated caveat to this, larger CPUs may require more paste to cover a larger surface area, or to hit specific hot spots under the heatsink, but basically the advice remains the same: a small amount of paste will Long way to go.