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80-way TIM shootout

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Arctucas, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Arctucas

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    JATownes, mudkip, 1Kurgan1 and 8 others say thanks.
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    Wow, I didnt even know that there were that many.
     
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    Thank you, very detailed review!
     
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    Very impressive review of not just the 80 pastes, but the general information about TIM's as well. Informative for everyone. Thanks!:toast:
     
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    its strange that the collaboratory liquid metal doesnt show up in excellent performance, which is might linked to the fact, that liquid metal needs at least 48H curing time:shadedshu... this improves temperature a lot, i tested it myself with a toasty,overclocked Sapphire HD4850 Toxic... in this Example i got 4-5c°, just thru curing (on warm days), because the Vf900:eek: was terribly finished,it had 0,5mm deep machining marks in it

    Liquid Metal is the most superior Temperature-Killer-Goop for me, but it eats Aluminium (which i dont use), stains Copper, and mostly gruesome, it creates something like unremovable,tiny little dark dots and 1 2mm wide unremovable rust-donut on the die itself... its removable, but the edges are imprinted forever... ich believe it has to do with invisible scratches on the die
     
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    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    dont look at the numbers so much .. read the review..

    then come to the conclusion that the best paste if the one you can acquire easily, for a reasonable price that is easy to use
     
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    Its normally nowwhere to obtain (in internet, in my towns little computer shack its somehow obtainable), more than 150% more expensive than arctic ceramique, applies to Dies like a Crackwhore (next to nothing) and to Heatspreaders like a bitch, but when you somehow got it to cover the spreader, it looks like a fucking mirror! and it cools way better than it looks, nearly 10c° were obtainable even with watercooling (and only cpu-lapping). But direct Die contact somehow eats it up after a month, so it gets very sensible to shock, and eventually loses full contact, which results in rapidly increasing temperature. under water and with heatspreader it seems it performs better, without decrease.
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    I forgot: its highly electrically conductive, but no other paste spreads that thin


    I would say this is the perfect paste for me, as long im Overclocker?^^
     
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    nice review!....it's very impressive!....
     
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    Hmm A- for MX-2 not surprised. Think ill stick with it. :p
     
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    What intrigues me is how some pastes that do so well in other reviews, bomb out so badly here. But I must admit the info on paste application is most useful.
     
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    another strange thing ist the rating of the Seven Carat Diamond... if i dont remember wrong, this goop was true shit, or at least, this is what the most reviewers found out. am i wrong?
     
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    Thanks for the post!!
     
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    It amazes me how people devote can spend all the time/effort needed to to do these huge comparisons

    :respect: to you Olin
     
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    you thought "Why the F*** have this Guys so much Time?"

    or "How interesting their Life is" ?
     
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    lol, I actually know the guy here.

    He has a very interesting life and still manages to find time to help many others (including me)
     
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    lol i dindt knew, but i were kinda pissed if i had to work thru tons of bad thermalpaste:laugh:
     
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    I'm surprised at the strong showing AS5 has put up. Still one of the best after all these years.
     
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    newtekie1 Semi-Retired Folder

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    I can agree with that, considering the temp difference between the very best and the very worse was only 4.5°C.:laugh:
     
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    I use AS5 but I should probably go away from it. My uses are for folding rigs and I don't really give it a chance to cure with everything running 24/7 and all.

    Mind you, the extra degree it causes is hardly a killer.
     
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    i just wondered because the difference between as5 and liquid should be at least 2-3c.
    its liquid you know? the cooling properties should be superior to each oxide/silverparticle-paste, because it can fill gaps even when theyre microscopically small. No other Paste is better in it. So why are its cooling properties so bad in this review? i definetly know that i got more than 4,5c° from Ceramique changing to Liquid... does this guy uses the wrong method somehow?
     
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    Just so we all are clear on this what exactly makes you an expert? Or why anyone should take anything you say with more than a grain of salt?:laugh:
    Good news for me ... I have a bunch of the small half used tubes laying around
     
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    Its not, no I dont, they arnt, it doesnt, AS5 is, because it isnt that good, no you didnt, no he didnt.


    I dont know how to say this. /facepalm
     
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    +1 on that. One of the easiest to apply too. MX-2 is instant tho. But I never had problem with AS5, don't know why switched to MX-2. Man now I am confused:ohwell:

    Which one lasts longer? MX-2 on its packing says 8 yrs, who in the heck is going to use the same PC for 8 yrs (may be).
     
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    lol, I am lucky to use a comp for 8 days before rebuilding..(Probably why I went to MX2)
     
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    Why don't you just beat the poor guy over the head next time? I've wondered that about particle paste myself myself. Since Arctic Silver has silver particles in it, it can never produce as truly flat of a surface as a true liquid paste like MX-2 can, and it can never fit perfectly in the little microscopic inperfections like a true liquid paste can. I believe this is the reason MX-2 has better thermal transfer than Arctic Silver 5. That and you get the nifty bonus that it's easier to clean and is not electrically conductive.
     
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