I can’t post links, but Tech Ingredients released an excellent YT vid today on TIMs. All kinds of good stuff in there that would make for good Level1 content. The indium foil is esp interesting. It starts to plastically deform at 40 psi and fills voids.
Also, whether 2 flat pieces of metal need a TIM. People always say you do, but I’m with Tech Ingredients. I mean, it’s good general advice, but if you own 5k grit sandpaper and understand what flat is, then you don’t need grease.
It might be time to lap my 3800X and AiO.