temps are stable. putting a drip in the middle and letting it spread from pressure will not guarantee there is even coverage. There still may be some pockets where no paste is applied on the heat transfer plate.
I haven't run any storage benchmarks on my rig, but I have read a lot of reviews/benchmarks on the 950 Pro. The thing with the m.2 format and storage benchmarking is that the benchmarks do very long sequential reads and writes, which may put the SSD into thermal throttling, which may inhibit performance. Real world use typically does not have such lengthy read/writes and stays well within the thermal limits of the storage. I have not seen any observational performance degradation with my setup, and just by looking at the windows task manager, the storage rarely goes into 100% utilization. I'm running multiple VM's on my machine now and it is still very responsive. It has been performing very well for me thus far, down the road I might pick up a 1TB stick once it comes out.
I know! I wish the gpu LED was customizable
I spread it on with a credit card, it was on pretty thin until I wanted to cover the edges. That's where I got all those ripples. I did "wiggle" the cooler onto the chip upon install so the paste would "slide" and "spread". Temps have been stable so I'm not too worried.
Thanks! It's a stencil I cut out of paper. I sprayed it on with plastidip so I can easily remove it later on.
I liked the newer generation motherboards and chipsets that had the type c support and the improved m.2 speeds.