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Cooler Layout and Features
Micro textures have become quite popular on modern heatsinks and seem to do a pretty good job at removing excess air and promoting good adhesion to the heat spreader. A general rule of thumb regarding "adhesion", If your heatsink doesn't require a little effort to remove then you didn't make good contact. This can either be due to air trapped in your thermal paste or gaps between the heatspreader and heatsink base.