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Old 06-02-11, 03:20 PM Thread Starter   #1
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Best Thermal Compound?


What is the best thermal compound out there today?

At the moment i'm using Arctic Silver 5.

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Old 06-02-11, 03:43 PM   #2
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I really like IC Diamond 7, its awsome. I dont have any right now so I am back to as5.

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Best and resonably priced? MX2/3/4. There are other higher priced ones out there but its just not worth it.

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Old 06-02-11, 03:45 PM   #4
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Old 06-02-11, 04:06 PM Thread Starter   #5
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Do you guys think MX-4 is better than AS5 ?

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Think? It is.

This result is from 2009, with MX-2. 3 and 4 are slightly better. The point though of the link is to show you how little difference there is between products.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...&limitstart=12

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Old 06-02-11, 05:23 PM   #7
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I had no idea that they were all so close in range

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Old 06-02-11, 05:34 PM   #8
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Yea, unless your pushing the limits and need every bit of C, it doesn't matter a lot.

I still have a big tube of MX2. I like it because it speads easy and is good. Not the best.

Enough for me.

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Old 06-02-11, 08:09 PM   #9
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I'm the same, I have a decent sized tube of MX-2 that I use, as well as a couple tubes of AS5/AS3 from old builds.

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Old 06-02-11, 08:17 PM   #10
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Next time I oder I'll give this MX-2 a shot. I have some AS5, but it's pricey

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Old 06-02-11, 09:52 PM   #11
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Just bought some MX-2, much better the AS5 I had, easier to speed. Would have gotten MX-4, but Microcenter was out of stock.

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+1for mx2 i used to use as5 all the time till i switched to mx2 its so much easier to work with and cleans up easier.

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Old 06-02-11, 11:33 PM   #13
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I use GC Electronics Type 44 Non-Contaminating Heat Sink Compound, easy to spread, I use a round tooth pick to aply nice even coat.
It has 46% better heat transfer than silicone.

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Old 06-03-11, 12:11 AM   #15
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I've been using Ceramique for years since it's non-conductive, fairly easy to spread (compared to AS5 at least), and I can buy it at Radioshack.

Thought about trying out some diamond-based stuff the other day, but I figure .25% of 1C isn't really enough to bother with.

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I've been using Ceramique for years since it's non-conductive, fairly easy to spread (compared to AS5 at least), and I can buy it at Radioshack.

Thought about trying out some diamond-based stuff the other day, but I figure .25% of 1C isn't really enough to bother with.
That is about my point, the gain from thermal compound depreciates exponentially with price and application technique.

From what I have seen on other threads, application technique and 'clamping' pressure play the biggest role. With a good application technique and sufficient clamping pressure you can make even toothpaste provide results within a range comparable to the best TIM available.

When it comes to specific uses such as extreme cooling or longevity there may be certain preferences though.

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There is a new one out, 5C better temps. It's in testing.

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I've used most TIMs and the best by far has been Liquid Metal Pro. It comes in a hypodermic syringe and is extremely easy to spread with a brush, but you must ensure that the contact surfaces are extremely flat as a coat of LMP is only a few microns thick, much thinner than your standard silicone paste. It is hard to get off though.

Like everybody else I've been using MX-2... the tube seems to last forever lol.

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I have only tried a few types of thermal paste/compound myself.

Pastes ranked on a scale of 1-10.
OCZ Freeze (1) Totally sucked air, could not get the stuff to spread out and temps were no better than the stock white gunk that I was replacing because it was all dried out.
OEM paste (4-5) Not bad, not great.
Arctic Silver 5 (7-8) It works well, but I don't like the curing time, and the fact that it is a bit messy and difficult to clean up.
Arctic Cooling MX-2 (8-9) Seems to work quite well, and with no curing time. Would get a 10, but I don't know for certain that it is the best out there, as I haven't used very many kinds.

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I've been using Ceramique for years since it's non-conductive, fairly easy to spread (compared to AS5 at least), and I can buy it at Radioshack.

Thought about trying out some diamond-based stuff the other day, but I figure .25% of 1C isn't really enough to bother with.
I'll ditto this

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