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Which thermal paste to use?

#11Reaper_MinionPosted 9/9/2013 7:14:38 AM
MasterDonGero posted...
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.


Your anecdotal evidence lacks detail. While some pastes are better than others, I never heard about a thermal paste that causes the CPU to overheat beyond normal levels.
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#12PraetorXynPosted 9/9/2013 7:33:41 AM
Shub posted...
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.


This... but I'll add Gelid GC-Extreme. I think they won the thermal paste roundup last year.
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#13ein311Posted 9/9/2013 7:43:55 AM
MasterDonGero posted...
I switched to AS5


What is this, 2003?
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#14Killah PriestPosted 9/9/2013 8:48:35 AM
AS5 is just fine.
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#15Snuckie7Posted 9/9/2013 9:23:09 AM
PK-1 and IC Diamond are also good ones.
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#16happyscrub1Posted 9/9/2013 9:27:39 AM
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#17PraetorXynPosted 9/9/2013 11:37:46 AM
Killah Priest posted...
AS5 is just fine.


Its temperatures have been beaten by modern TIM's that have neither burn-in times (much less 100 hour burn-in times) nor any additional cost.

So it's really not "fine" anymore.
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#18JockoPosted 9/9/2013 11:52:57 AM
Shub posted...
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.

Shin Etsu has good temps but it's a pain to apply. It's like wet clay and you're forced to use the spread method.
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#19jordandrakoPosted 9/9/2013 12:41:17 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
MX-4

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#20Killah PriestPosted 9/9/2013 12:54:25 PM
Its temperatures have been beaten by modern TIM's that have neither burn-in times (much less 100 hour burn-in times) nor any additional cost.

So it's really not "fine" anymore.


barely. AS5 is still fine and it will always be fine.
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