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IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound and how best to use it?

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  1. fullinfusion

    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    I just ordered a tube of IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound. Is any good?

    I have always used AS5 compound and decided to try something new.
    Have any of you guy's used it b4?

    check THIS OUT
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    theonedub habe fidem

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    I have heard its pretty good, I got some to try from Paulieg but I have not gotten a chance to test it out yet :ohwell:
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    been around for a while, and tested as one of the best, just usually a bit on the pricey side;)

    you should enjoy the benifits of your purchase though.
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    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    I seen it on flee bay a while ago but wasnt sure on it. Erocker pointed me to a site today and I more less ordered something but it was an anonymous order lol... but any way it's all fixed now and I got the shipping cost on the one item returned and thought heck why not try this stuff...

    I hope it works well, does any one have any recommendations on how to apply it on a quad core cpu?

    It was $6 dollars for a tube of it.... hell AS5 at the local shop runs me 15 bones
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    I use MX-2, works well and was cheap @ $19 shipped for a 30g tube.
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    for $6 who cares how it spreads;)

    you can try a couple things out and see what does better for freeking $6:roll:

    sorry wish I knew a little more, but I do know a while back a few guys did use this for their rigs, so I'm sure advice will soon come.

    Also I think I'll change the title to attract a bit more attention;)
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    I would apply it the same way AS5 recommends, so for an AMD Quad: a dab right in the center then let the block do the spreading. Pull it off one time to check your distribution and adjust amount accordingly for the final application :)
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    from what i remember that stuff topped the charts in terms of best thermal paste in just about every review on it.. beating out fan faves like the MX2 etc
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    Many reviews on the Goognet on this paste, but as said before, always very expensive and offers very little over other brands.


    But, the best way to apply this thick paste is to dip the tube in some warm water for about 30 seconds to 'soften' it up a little...makes it very easy to apply that way.

    Also, I always spread the paste before the sink goes on....that was I can make sure I dont apply too much and it always gives me a very thin, consistent layer. :)
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    ever since i lapped the block i just put a bb size amount in the center and set the block on.... any time i pull it off its got a real nice spread to it.
    but for sure ill give it a go
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    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    yeah I been seeing all the reviews and it is topping the charts
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    that reminds me :toast: thanks to exodus ill have a better clocking 940be soon so me and you gotta do another round of benchmarks if she clocks better on my troublesome board and ram combo :roll:
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    I seen that, but did you read my post about helping ya out hmmmm hehe, well im glad your getting something better
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    well all in all im just PRAYING this new cpu does the trick i know for a fact my 940be hits 4ghz but its nb clock has to be dropped ;) still being stuck at 3400 2000 its holding me back im hoping 3800 2600 will open up and let my 5850s breath and yea i saw the post but ill go read it i was half asleep when i saw exodus post to help me as well :roll: but that happens to all of us on here from time to time.. btw i am slightly jealous im only using Noctua ceramic paste.... you got the good stuff hahah ah well hopefully it helps u gain a few degrees so you can push a bit further

    btw to Fullinfusion and CP no need to feel sorry for me :roll: i got myself into this mess i just have REALLY bad luck on top of it.. but hey lady luck smiles on us all at somepoint im just the guy who gets kicked when hes down but you wait ill win the damn lottery someday and it will all be worth it :toast: free upgrades to all of TPU :roll:

    lets just hope i dont win the jackpot AFTER someone else does and i get the puny leftovers haha

    anyway once you get that new paste on there let us know what you think of it .... i also wonder how well it would work with the ATi 5k cards
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    Your a good shit Crazy, I wish you the best of luck clocking the new baby :pimp: and financially I think we all feel the hit atm with certian things. time will heal all wounds and such bro. best of luck :rockout:
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    thanks man i kinda derailed your thread tho.... keep me posted on how that new paste does.... considering ive grown tired of AC5 and my Noctua NTH1 the AC5 since i have to reapply it often and the NTH1 just dosent transfer heat as good as the AC5 so ive been looking for a new paste
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    No worries bro. Its all good.

    I wanna try something new since the summer temps are starting to affect me.

    I hop this paste gives me a lower temp...

    I also ordered these and should have them my Tuesday at the latest....

    Acid888* AKA ( the master) of coolness suggested to me on upgrading from what i got for the better :respect:

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    Oh and i also gotta give Erocker thanks for posting me a US link on half the part of my new cooling upgrade, Just wish CP would send me out the rad box trough lol.....
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    Im also going to remove the stock Sapphire tim and replace it with the IC Diamond 7 carat compound..... you guys think It is worth the effort in tearing down the 5970 to do it?
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    Yes, without a doubt.


    Stock TIM is not just awful, its plastered everywhere. :shadedshu
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    I tired "AIT thermal pads" just for the heck of it and guess what, my e8500 is about 4-9c cooler than it was with AS5 and MX-2.

    Maybe because it was a "pad" and a lot easier to work with than the tube stuff. I'm using the coolermaster hyper z600 heatsink. And the way it is setup, I can't "twist" the heatsink in place like some thermal paste recommends...

    It's on passive mode and idling at 29-33c. Where it was 34-38c before.
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    thanks man! :respect:

    So with out a doubt that's my next project after modding the pump and adding the rez

    How much though?
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    OK. I've tested this paste a few months ago. It performs well, but it spreads terrible and it's a bitch to get off the CPU HS. Considering it was only like 1-2c better than other quality pastes, it just wasn't worth it to me.
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    this week after all the goodies show up I'll be sure to post b4 and after pix of all the temps.... I think i will also remove the nb, sb, and p regs grease and install the diamond tim to see how well it works.
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    ok so how long you let it cure b4 placing the block over it?

    and also did you heat the sucker up to max up n down hot-cool and back down for at least 2 hrs?

    PS..... I betcha you used to much and or didn't wait the time b4 placing the block on.
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    I'm not sure. It's been awhile. I do remember following the directions per IC's website. See here: http://www.innovationcooling.com/ICDtroublshooting.htm

    As far as burn in, I always do a significant burn after application. Thing is, I've used about every TIM on the market. After using so many, I've found that I like Noctua NT-H1 and MX-2 the best, because of an excellent mix of temps and spreading.
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