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Which thermal paste to use?

#1Syphon_Filter2Posted 9/9/2013 2:55:58 AM
My PC is 1 year old and I want to replace the old thermal paste. I went to few websites to read more about the thermal paste but I got confused. Some people are saying silver arctic 5 is the best and some said its old now and xigmatek pti g3606 is better and kept seen different opinions. Which thermal paste is the best and it came out 2013 to use it? Thanks for any help.
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#2Reaper_MinionPosted 9/9/2013 2:57:26 AM
How is far more important than which. Anything will do, just make sure you apply it properly.
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#3ATARIJAWAPosted 9/9/2013 3:01:41 AM
I go with whatever tastes the best.
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#4TheFeshPincePosted 9/9/2013 3:39:19 AM
MX-4
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#5_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 9/9/2013 3:55:28 AM
I have never head anything about a thermal paste not doing its job. Just make sure you apply it carefully and properly and you should be fine. Just go with one of the common brands like the ones you mentioned and it should be fine.
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#6GipFacePosted 9/9/2013 4:03:52 AM
All the current thermal pastes are within 5C of each other except for liquid metal, which is significantly better at the cost of fusing your CPU to the HSF.

Arctic Cooling MX-2 and MX-4 have been tested against each other and there's not much of a difference. Arctic Silver 5 is good but is conductive and has a 100-hour burn-in time, whereas the modern pastes are non-conductive and don't have a burn-in time at all.

MX-2 is one of the cheapest so use that.
#7MasterDonGeroPosted 9/9/2013 4:44:24 AM
Reaper_Minion posted...
How is far more important than which. Anything will do, just make sure you apply it properly.


See, that's bull****. At one point, I was using a Cooler Master paste, and my results sucked no matter how I applied it. I switched to AS5, and my temps dropped 10C.
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#8Ch3wyPosted 9/9/2013 5:14:04 AM
I use Aquafresh.
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#9ThePCElitistPosted 9/9/2013 5:44:51 AM
Ch3wy posted...
I use Aquafresh.


I used chunky peanut butter to give it more traction.
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#10ShubPosted 9/9/2013 5:49:25 AM
Forget about Arctic Silver 5. Electrically conductive pastes with a long curing time are passť. Arctic Cooling MX-2, MX-4, Noctua NT-H1, Shin-Etsu X23-7783D, those are good, modern pastes. Get whichever is cheapest.
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