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I know this must have been asked a thousand times, but I can't seem to find a recent discussion about this. Up until a few minutes ago I thought the IC Diamond 7 was the best on the market, but apparently that was based off a 2 year old post.

I'd essentially like to know what's the best TIM on the market bar none. This should exclude the Indigo Xtreme because from what I've read it has complications when trying to burn in with a Noctua NH-D14.

From what I've gathered Shin Etsu G751 is the best around at the moment followed by IC Diamond 7, with a runner-up being Arctic Cooling MX-4. But I'd like to be 100% before I order a Shin Etsu because it'll cost $7 just for .5g. I'm currently using Noctua NT-H1 and I'd like to see it drop a couple of degrees.
post #2 of 24
Shin Etsu or MX-2.
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i bought 30g of mx-2 (£15 i think)a couple of days ago and it turned up this morning with the smallest bag of haribo gummibear thingys in it LOL i was well chuffed though as im overdue a drain/rebuild on my loop and i had no paste at all.
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post #4 of 24
shin etsu for 'normal' tims

for exotic tims i'd have to go with the indigo extreme or coolabratory liquid pro
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post #5 of 24
shinetsu gets my vote.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/89..._-_5_Gram.html

unless you wanna make some diamond tim.
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post #6 of 24
I heard good thing from this one
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/coliul.html
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post #7 of 24
what makes shin etsu the best is that it applies and seats easier than most of the others. it is a very forgiving product. if you know what you are doing, nt-h1 will outperform shin etsu.
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post #8 of 24
nt-h1 can cure hard! it messed up my 1100T and d-14. the processor was basically superglued on to the heatsink .... last time i used it... but it did give me awesome temps!
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I've been messing around with ALOT of TIM's. I recomend 2. ArcticSilver5 for those who are new to applying and seating their coolers, becouse its cheap so you can afford to mess up a few times while learning, easy as all get out to get, almost EVERY computer store has some and the Temps are pretty good, not the best but good. The best TIM I have used to date is ICDiamond. However ICD is some THICK stuff, and costly so it sucks if you dont seat it right the first time or two but the performance is amazing. One I have heard nothing but rave reviews about(but have not used myself) is shin etsu, there are 2 or 3 diff etsu paste's so make sure you get the high end one...cant remeber the specific name of it or what not. my 2 cents.
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post #10 of 24
Shin Etsu is stiff and hard to work with. Prolimatech per reviews is very good. And I found it easy to work with. Noctua is comparable and also easy to work with. But I use GC Extreme. Free shipping. Very easy to work with. Highly reviewed.

And another review: MX-3 vs MX-4 vs Chill Factor II vs Coollaboratory Liquid Pro. MX-4 was disappointing.

MX-2 vs Indigo Extreme, by Vapor.
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