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#1
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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#3
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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#6
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AS5 is outdated and has many downsides compared to newer compounds.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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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... :-/