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Need help choosing Themal Compound

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by HumanXJT, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. HumanXJT New Member

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    So I'm currently using Arctic Silver 5 and it's been used for at least a year and i believe it has dried out due to increased temperatures. I need help deciding which thermal paste i should use. I can't buy over the internet and so i'm stuck to my local store.
    Sadly they only have:
    1. Coolermaster Thermal Compound
    2. IceFusion
    3. Arctic Silver 5
    4. Noctua NT-H1 Pro-Grade
    5. Antec Silver Thermal Compound
    So which of these Thermal Compoud you guys think should be best?
     
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    I use arctic silver 5, works fine for me. I hear it is really good.
     
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    I use AC MX-2 anymore, easy to use, doesn't need to set for best results, I've used for fairly long periods w/o it drying up, you get more for the money, and it seems to rate pretty well. Though really my opinion of the best TIM anymore is, as long as I have something to put between the heatsink and the processor I'm fine, a couple degrees are so really doesn't matter if you have even somewhat decent cooling and airflow.

    I still have a tube of AS5 floating around, have yet to use it since I got my tube of MX-2, which is also nonconductive, so that's definately a plus!

    :toast:
     
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    I've been reading comments of AC MX-2 with great results, but unfortunately I'm only able to choose between the five in the first post.
     
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    AS-5.
    Just don't use it on GPUs if you are clumsy.
     
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    You really need to use Google some more.

    Here is a review, at our very own Techpowerup, of the Noctua NT-H1 TIM.

    It looks to be a great replacement for AS5, if it's reasonably priced. Otherwise, just stick to AS5.
     
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    AS5 is outdated and has many downsides compared to newer compounds. You have to reapply AS5, you need to let it break in, it dries up easy, it's conductive, need I go on?
     
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    Thermal

    I bought some 18ct diamond compund which boasts way better heat transfer than any other...go check it:toast:
     
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    +1 on AC-MX2, from my personal experience, it performs better than AS5, has no curing time, and does not need reapplying
     
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    Of your list, I'd try the Noctua compound. You need to be prepared that it's a lot more viscose if I remember correctly, so make sure to spread it before you apply the heatsink.
     
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    Noctua FTW, IMO. :D
     
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    Choose AC-MX2
     
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    ^^ Seconded. I'm using it, and i prefere it over AC5. You get alot more for less money too... :-/
     

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