I ain't buying the 11 degree better performance from different thermal paste, something else had to be amiss for that kind of drop.:beer:
Also, the best application method is different depending on your type of CPU, but you never want to use any more than about 3/4 the volume of a green pea. You usually don't want to pre-spread it either, the pressure from the heatsink will spread it to where it needs to go.
That being said, Arctic Silver is one of the most commonly used thermal compounds in the PC enthusiast community