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Why is AS5 considered sub-par now days?

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I usually use shin etsu g751, but i've run out and will be switching to AS5 since my local computer store sells it... i know it has a 200hr curing period, but according to this... excluding indigo extreme and coolabratory pro, it's still one of the best: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...&limitstart=12

I've seen alot of posts on the topic of good TIMs that seem to really harp on AS5, is it really bad compared to shin etsu or the other tims? The review i posted tells me otherwise
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/13/11 at 4:33am
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I've used AS5 since building computers. I still think its one of the best.
    
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I guess one reason would be that its conductive vs. other TIM that is non conductive, and the curing time has a lot to do with it. If you can have a better performance TIM with little to no curing time, wouldn't you go with that?

With that said, AS5 is still a great TIM and I wouldn't hesitate to use it
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The difference in quality accounts for up to 3 Celsius or so, most likely less. It's not a big deal and the whole thermal paste battle is funny, really.
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post #5 of 87
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Retrospekt View Post
The difference in quality accounts for up to 3 Celsius or so, most likely less. It's not a big deal and the whole thermal paste battle is funny, really.
in favor or against as5?

how much is the temp difference between uncured and cured as5 anyways?
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AS5 is not Conductive...
"Not Electrically Conductive:
Arctic Silver 5 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
(While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.)"

From their website...
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post #7 of 87
ic diamond is better IMO if applied right, i'm running at around 39c on full load at 4.0Ghz 1.5v and cure time is 2hours or less, better then 200 hours
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post #8 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by CHez View Post
AS5 is not Conductive...
"Not Electrically Conductive:
Arctic Silver 5 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
(While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.)"

From their website...
So it's deemed conductive
     
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post #9 of 87
Nothing wrong with the AS5, although I never used it.

I always used Arctic Cooling MX-3 for the reason that it was the one OCN recommended me a year ago when I first built my first X4 965 + HD5850 gaming PC.
    
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post #10 of 87
in my experience AS5>mx2, mx3, mx4 (keep in mind we are talking a couple degress C at most) and its probably about the same as IC7
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