in following the installation instructions at http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silv ... ctions.htm
i've become concerned about step 10 which says (amoung other things) "Minimize any "twisting" or lateral "sliding" in either plane in an attempt to mate the "peaks" of the surfaces together. When you twist or slide one surface against the other, "peaks" on one or both surfaces will travel over areas where two "valleys" should come to rest. The peaks will scrape away compound that is needed to fill the void between the valleys that will oppose each other when the surfaces are in their final position and cause small voids (air gaps). ANY air gap will significantly increase thermal resistance in an otherwise GOOD interface."
here's my concern: arctic silver 3 is supposed to work on a microscopic level right? it fills in the microscopic gaps and irregularaties blah blah blah. how are we expected to place the heat sink on the *exact* spot when we set it down!? w/ artic silver 3 working on a microscopic level we can't even move the heat sink any distance appreciable to a microscope (or the microscopic peaks will start scraping), let alone the naked eye.
thoughts? hopefully comforting thoughts . . . (eg - "stop being so paranoid, it doesn't matter!")