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  1. #1
    Member roYal's Avatar
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    Question on Thermal Paste

    Ok, been out of the loop since I got my i7 920 3 years ago and am curious as to what is the recommended thermal paste these days?

    Some background:
    I am building a new machine for work and will not be used for gaming but for for lab stuff (I'm an IT guy). I won't be building a new gaming rig until Haswell so this work machine won't be doing any kind of overclocking and therefore I'll be using the Intel HSF.
    Cpu: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.5ghz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD3R
    Memory: 6GB (3x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 @ 533 mhz (8-8-8-24)
    Hard Drives: 1 x 120gb Intel 320 ssd (System) / 1TB WD (Storage)
    Cooling: TRUE w/Nexus 120mm
    Video: EVGA GTX 580 SC
    Monitor: 2x 24" Dell U2401 (1900x1200)
    Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi ExtremeGamer / Sennheiser HD595 Headphones
    Power: Corsair HX620W
    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

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    Member BigTerminator's Avatar
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    Arctic Silver MX-4 is a really good paste for GPU's and CPU's. Just about the best you can get especially for the money.
    My Desktop:
    Intel Core i7 875k @ 4.2ghz 1.4v | Noctua NH-D14 with 3 Rosewill RFX 120 Fans
    MSI Big Bang Fuzion | 8gb G. Skill Sniper 1600mhz | GTX 760 Gigabyte Rev 2.0 1333/1850mhz
    Cooler Master HAF X With Window | Corsair TX 750 watt PSU | 2x500gb Samsung F3 RAID 0
    Asus Essence ST | 3D Mark 11 High Scores = Performance 9000

    My Laptop: Lenovo Y580
    Intel Core i7 3630qm @ 2.4ghz | 8gb DDR3 1600mhz | 120gb ADATA SSD | 1tb HDD
    Nvidia GTX 660m @ 1260/1400mhz | 15.6" 1080p
    Arctic MX-4 Thermal Paste | Rosewill Notebook Cooler | 3d Mark 11 High Scores = Performance 3400 Extreme 1100

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    Senior Member Knufire's Avatar
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    +1 to the MX-4.
    i7-920 3.8 Ghz | Venomous-X w/ Panaflo HS | Sapphire Vapor-X 4890
    EVGA X58 SLI LE | 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 | 500GB Samsung OEM | Rosewill 850w | Thermaltake Armor Series | OCZ Vertex 2 60GB

    Secondary Rig:
    CM Elite 430 | A8-3870K stock | Radeon HD 6670 | 500GB WD Caviar Blue | 4GB G.SKILL DDR3-1333 | ASUS A55


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    Member roYal's Avatar
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    Thank you guys. Now I just need the Intel to release their Ivy Bridge CPUs.
    Cpu: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.5ghz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD3R
    Memory: 6GB (3x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 @ 533 mhz (8-8-8-24)
    Hard Drives: 1 x 120gb Intel 320 ssd (System) / 1TB WD (Storage)
    Cooling: TRUE w/Nexus 120mm
    Video: EVGA GTX 580 SC
    Monitor: 2x 24" Dell U2401 (1900x1200)
    Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi ExtremeGamer / Sennheiser HD595 Headphones
    Power: Corsair HX620W
    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTerminator View Post
    Arctic Silver MX-4
    MX-4 is a Chinese import. It is not an Arctic Silver product.
    Knowledge is useless, itís what you do with it that counts.

  6. #6
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    ^^^ True, I think he got Artcic Silver mixed up with Arctic Cooling who sell MX4. An understandable and relatively unimportant mistake.

    Personally I still stick with Artic Silver Ceramique as it ships in those huge 22 gram tubes. Cheap and lasts absolutely forever. Great for using on builds for other people as it never needs to be reapplied except in cases where the cooler is removed. Bakes on nice and hard after the burn in period.
    CPU & HSF: AMD FX-8120 & Noctua NH-D14
    Mobo: Asus M5A97-EVO
    RAM: 16GB (4Gx4) DDR3 2133 G.Skill RipjawZ F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL
    Storage: 1x 120GB OCZ Vertex II SSD, 1x 250GB Samsung 830 SSD, 1x 1.5TB Samsung Silencer Series HDD
    GFX: 4GB Gigabyte ATI R9 270X OC Edition + Yamakasi Catleap Q270 SE 27" IPS LED LCD
    Audio: Asus Xonar DX, Senheiser CX270 earbuds + BM800 Condenser Microphone
    Case & Lighting: Silverstone Temjin TJ04-E w/ Side Window + Red CCFL's
    PSU: 550W Antec EarthWatts Platinum
    My rig piccies & links

    "Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right." H.L. MENCKEN

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    I'm still using Artic Silver 5
    Win 7 Pro, Intel i5 2500K, CM Hyper 212+, Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3, Corsair XMS3 1333MHZ 4x4GB, Seagate 1TB 7200RPM 3.0 Gb/S, Corsair HX520W, Corsair Carbide 400r, 3x140mm Thermaltake & 2x120mm Corsair Intake, 1x120mm Corsair & 1x120mm Nexus on back side of HDD Cage, 3x140mm Thermaltake Exhaust, Dell 2407WFP, Logitech MK550 Wireless Combo, Rosewill RCR-IM5001 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader.

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    Member BigTerminator's Avatar
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    Yeah I made a tiny mistake on the name. Arctic cooling MX-4
    My Desktop:
    Intel Core i7 875k @ 4.2ghz 1.4v | Noctua NH-D14 with 3 Rosewill RFX 120 Fans
    MSI Big Bang Fuzion | 8gb G. Skill Sniper 1600mhz | GTX 760 Gigabyte Rev 2.0 1333/1850mhz
    Cooler Master HAF X With Window | Corsair TX 750 watt PSU | 2x500gb Samsung F3 RAID 0
    Asus Essence ST | 3D Mark 11 High Scores = Performance 9000

    My Laptop: Lenovo Y580
    Intel Core i7 3630qm @ 2.4ghz | 8gb DDR3 1600mhz | 120gb ADATA SSD | 1tb HDD
    Nvidia GTX 660m @ 1260/1400mhz | 15.6" 1080p
    Arctic MX-4 Thermal Paste | Rosewill Notebook Cooler | 3d Mark 11 High Scores = Performance 3400 Extreme 1100

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    Member grumperfish's Avatar
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    MX-4 is very nice. I switched to it from Ceramique as it's a bit easier to work with. Performance wasn't a consideration, but it works slightly better so that's fine with me.
    Desktop: i7 2600K @ 4.6ghz w/ TR HR-02 + SD 120x38mm // Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P // MSI R9 290 4GB
    16GB G-Skill RipjawsX 1600mhz // Samsung 830 256GB // 6TB // Thermaltake Armor // Corsair TX750
    Server: Q6600 G0 // EP35-DS3R // 4GB DDR2 // 4850 512MB // 840Pro 128GB // 4.25TB // Corsair TX650
    Laptop: Latitude D630 // C2M T7300 // 4GB DDR2 // X3100 // Samsung 830 128GB
    Smoothwall: P4 2.4C // 1GB DDR // AOpen MX4GVR // 20GB // Corsair CX430
    I like HEAT

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