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    Thermal paste

    How much better is arctic silver 5 than 3? Also is this the best thermal paste out right now, if not what is?

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    Maybe upto 2C better in temps, and yes to my knowledge it is the best.
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    i just dropped 2C off my idle temps from putting some as5 in place of my old as3...and yes, it is the best consumer level product(i have no idea about server/business thermal paste, it could be better but its probably only sold in bulk), some may argue, but then again, some may argue that beer counts as a vegetable

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    Heres a link were you can see some differences in TIMs.
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    The best grease is Shin Etsu X23-7804E3. Kicks Ceramique's ass and is NON-CONDUCTIVE! What more could you ask for?

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    the shin etsu stuff is like very hard to apply, its very thick...

    AS5 is also non conductive :P it is the other thing though... (the one allowing for cross-talk) it does NOT conduct high currents..

    still, you should always pay attention when applying it anyway

    (AS5 cools best, nothing is better...)
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    It's funny. I don't pay attention to modding and this forum for two months. I come back to find out there's an Artic Silver 5????

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    Originally posted by Jognt
    the shin etsu stuff is like very hard to apply, its very thick...

    AS5 is also non conductive :P it is the other thing though... (the one allowing for cross-talk) it does NOT conduct high currents..

    still, you should always pay attention when applying it anyway

    (AS5 cools best, nothing is better...)

    Nope it's not thick dude, the G-751 is THICK but the new X23-7804E3 is not... consistency the same as AS.

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    i prefer to use as5 on my cpu and ceramique for highly sensitive areas like chipsets...
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    Frankly for having used silicone-based stuff before and AS5 now, I must say I don't see much of a difference. Maybe 1 degree at most.
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    What was it that I read on Tom's Hardware.... Oh yea

    A paste is a paste is a paste.

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    AS, AS2, AS3, and AS5 are all capacitive, meaning they allow crosstalk but not current.

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    stamasd, the reason u are prolly not getting better temps is prolly cuz u didnt remove ALL of the previous TIM's minute particles left in the hs..u should lap and use acetone to remove any traces of the previous one..maybe u didnt, becuase i saw a big improvement over generic silicon junk and using AS5/ceramique
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    Haha you're kidding right? There's no difference in temps between your so-called "silicon junk" and Ceramique...

    BTW it's "silicone" not silicon...

    Test them in a controlled environment and you'll see.

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    shin akuma, its called a "typo" maybe uve heard of it
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    I'm about on board with Stamasd. When my old "junk" silicone began to fail after 1.5 years, resulting in a slow (6-month) rise of 4 degrees (C), I thought I'd get some AS5 and smack those temps back down.....oops. After a hundred hours of running with a high speed fan and several load-temp to shutdown cycles, temps are still 1 degree (C) higher than just before putting on the AS5, for a total of 5 degrees higher than I had on day one, two years ago, with the silicone "junk."

    Actually I have to confess that I don't know that it is/was silicone. It's whatever was supplied by Swiftech in those days.

    I used acetone to take the TIM off the CPU, and a combination of acetone and 1500 grit lapping to clean up the block. *shrug* I can't imagine doing any better than that, but am open to suggestions.
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    HERE IS A HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON BETWEEN 3 AND 5., 5 WINS ALL!!!!!!!!!!! LINK

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    I think the point being made by some folks (at least by me), is that 5 may be better than 3, but it would seem there are other brands that are better than either. I realize that statement may make me a fool for not just bowing down to the masses that "believe," but I do not believe so easily, when my experience is the opposite. I'm happy to be wrong, cuz I already paid for this stuff, but I'm waiting for the proof. So far, I'm running hot on AS5.
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    Omaticrail> Have U tried cleaning between the fins on the sink. The dust collected there during 1-2 years will reduce the sink-performance..

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    Originally posted by dalilman52
    stamasd, the reason u are prolly not getting better temps is prolly cuz u didnt remove ALL of the previous TIM's minute particles left in the hs..u should lap and use acetone to remove any traces of the previous one..maybe u didnt, becuase i saw a big improvement over generic silicon junk and using AS5/ceramique
    Sorry, but I put the AS5 on a brand new CPU (my 2nd Barton), and compare with the first one. And what I used on the other one wasn't even "thermal" paste, it was some generic silicone high viscosity grease used in vacuum pumps to provide seal under high vacuum.
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