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Silicone based heatsink compound?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Gilletter, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Gilletter

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    Does anyone know if a silicone based heat sink compound will work on a cpu? or is that a no-no??? I know that the arctic silver is supposed to be the "best" stuff out there, but will the silicone one work???
     
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    This day and age I wouldnt say that AS is the best in performance any longer. As far as Silicone based, you mean like GE thermal grease in a big tube?

    I have seen sites that use it for reviews as you can get a huge tube of it, but I would say to be carfull due to its possible conductivity, depending on what else is mixed in with it!
     
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    If you need a quick fix, maybe... but I think you would get better performance from other compounds on the market.
     
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    I was just wondering if it would be at all worthwhile, cause I wanted to get an old system running but don't want to spend like $12-15 on a small tube of arctic silver
     
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    For an older box it may not matter as much, especially if you are doing anything special with it. For $3 I would try it, it is designed for the application.
     
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    That's what I was thinking. I just didn't know if it would work or not. I'm no heat transfer expert by any means. But I just didn't know if it meant just heat sink on something else (not specifically a cpu) but there are reviews on the webpage saying people use it on their everyday builds.... so I figured I'd get some responses from people on the board, thanks sneeky
     
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    i use cheap dynex stuff and have no temp issues
     
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    Go to frys, or someplace similar, and grab a tube of Artic Ceramique. non conductive, and a damn good 'thermal interface', nearly as good as AS, I must say.
     
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    A: he is in Ohio...No fry's Altho Best Buy does have the Dynex...Check with CD on pricing

    B: im sure no AS product sells for under $3 a tube!
     
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    next best stuff to AS5 is the Silver Compound from Antec.
     
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    yeah stupid ohio... I miss Sunny SoCal... Last time I looked at BB, cheapest stuff they had was like $10.99 from dynex :ohwell:
     
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    lol employee on its like $1
     
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    order tunic tx-2 from the egg... big syringe, well worth it. Much better than AS 5.
     
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    just as a side note i've read that Arctic Cooling MX-2 is better than AS5 and it's 6.99 so if you would spare 3 more bucks that'd be good coolin paste
    MX-2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

    reviews
    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1148/3/page_3_testing/index.html
    http://www.mvktech.net/content/view/3568/39/1/3/
    this one is on a gpu
    http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/arctic_cooling_mx_2

    but if you you wanna try what you have in mind go for it, i'd just make it doesn't get on anything but the CPU's metal top(can't remember what it's called)
     
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    Excellent product! I've used this on my last cpu and had considerable temp drops going from stock tim.
     
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    the prob with Newegg is dont forget to add about $7 to the cost for 3 day shipping

    I use MX2 and its very good, the Ceramique is very good too and they both are non conductive.
     
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    Newegg has the ceramique for 4.99 with 3.99 3-day shipping. It's pretty much crap to charge more than a buck for shipping a 4 GRAM tube!!!
     
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    Get MX-2, it's better than AS5 and non-conductive.
    Edit: Although you can get AS5 at any Radio Shack... it's like $10 though.
     
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    Ceramique is actually better than AS5...I use that or MX-2 in ALL my builds. Shin-etsu is also really good, but sort of hard to apply.
     
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    OCZ freeze is the best but you don't get much for your money..
     
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    Shinetsu is a sheet type of TIM, and i can say it worked well with my Dell XPS Gen 1 laptop as the chipset and GPU heatsink plates were higher than most, i just put multiple sheets of Shinetsu together and they worked like a Charm, My GPU in that laptop gets over 100 MHz Core and 116MHz GPU increase over stock. Chipset ran cooler than with the stock TIM.
     

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