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Arctic Releases MX-4 High Performance Thermal Compound

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Has someone tried Thermalfusion 400 from Cooler Master?
 

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Yeah think I'll stick to me IC Diamond :-D There's this other stuff as a cost no object best performer that looks like spreading mercury on your CPU which is sometimes on par to IC Diamond, but that stuff is uber freaky lol
 

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Another poo-pile on the shelf?

Bleh ... they keep developing those "new formulas" out there, marketing every next product as better than the previous one. I bought a tube of MX-3 when it hit the shelves. Wiped the MX-2 off my CPU and put the MX-3 on - it was sh!t at perfomance. Gave it a break, let it settle for two months - still sh!t, compared to MX-2. I read posts on the Internet from people saying they'd just opened their brand new tubes of MX-3 only to find out that the stuff had decomposed. Is it coincidence that AC are releasing MX-4 so soon after MX-3? I mean look at the gap between MX-2 and MX-3. Maybe this time around their R&D department got overpaid and decided to compensate for that by working extra shifts, thus the lightning-fast development of the ground breaking new product? Oh, look, it's MX-2 with a fancy new sticker. MX-3? Ah, sorry, that was a secret military experiment, accidentally gone loose. Officially it's a toothpaste and cement mixture meant for constructing buildings on Mars.

Anyway, I'm (and I guess a lot of you out there are too) still perfectly fine with using MX-2, Arctic Ceramique and Arctic Silver 5 - those three rock! But MX-3? Not a chance.

Would I buy MX-4? Yeah, right. Best thermal grease, IMO, would be the one that once applied onto the CPU, would grind and polish the surface like acid super-finish does, then do the same to the heat-sink, and then evaporate, so it would give us the perfect 92~98% direct metal-to-metal contact between CPU and HS. It's what makes the most sense to me. And when you dismantle the heat-sink for maintenance purposes, all you'd need to do is apply some non-aggressive flux onto the CPU, so it would wipe out any greasy smudges your fingers might have left and thus you'll have the same metal-to-metal contact when the stuff evaporates completely too after a 5-minute session with IBT, for example.

Just my two cents. Or do I deserve a bunch o' :nutkick: for saying all that?
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Isopropyl Alcohol seems to work just as well I think. Arctic Silver 5 seems to me to be the over all over and over time and time again champion. I thought I'd try IC Diamond 7 over it, and have never looked back. Hmm, grind and polish the CPU, sound like IC Diamond's only real competitor, for whatever that is worth, I guess maybe possibly in the right circumstances anything can be pretty good within reason, hence why some of the lower end stuff is still preferred over newer TIM's for world record stuff using LN2, guess it really depends on application maybe.
 
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i think max different between mx-2 and mx-4 will be 2c-3c, and mx-3 maybe less than mx-4 in 1c-2c
 
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lol, I still have some MX-2 left in ma tube
 
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