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post #11 of 87
That was from 2009 and so is two years old now. Regardless, it is still a "good" TIM. The problem is that just about every other TIM you can buy is also good.


The end result is that without the problem of the curing time, you can get similar/better results. There was once a time when it was the best. Now it isn't.

It's also capacitive. While not as bad as being conductive, it's still something that has the capacity to damage a PC if you let any of it get between the pins of your CPU. Other alternatives won't.
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post #12 of 87
Well i just run out of TIM and will try the new MX-4 lets hope its good
post #13 of 87
I read AS5 needs replacing after a couple of years!
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post #14 of 87
To be realistic, it doesn't even matter a lot which TIM you use. It's all a matter of a few degrees.
I still use AS3.
post #15 of 87
Skinnee Labs had a great TIM review. I think what people are saying is being interpreted as AS5 is bad, but what they mean is that some (now maybe many) newer TIM's give you a few C better temps with less curing time.

If you can get these better temps quicker why wouldn't you. Not that AS5 is bad but it seems to be far from the best now.

Why buy something that is a solid B (maybe B-) when there are A's out there.

Edit here are the reviews here and here
Edited by tats - 5/13/11 at 6:52am
post #16 of 87
AS5 is not a sub-par TIM. Only when you have heatsinks that are really good, like an EK HF supreme block or similar, will you see a difference. The EK block will probably have the same results with most high quality TIMs, but once you apply Indigo Extreme, you will a real drop in temp and the others will seem sub-par also. Other than that, if the heatsink used is not at the very top of thermal conductivity, most TIMs will have the same temps or very close to one another IMO.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ezveedub View Post
AS5 is not a sub-par TIM. Only when you have heatsinks that are really good, like an EK HF supreme block or similar, will you see a difference. The EK block will probably have the same results with most high quality TIMs, but once you apply Indigo Extreme, you will a real drop in temp and the others will seem sub-par also. Other than that, if the heatsink used is not at the very top of thermal conductivity, most TIMs will have the same temps or very close to one another IMO.
The issue people are confusing is that even though most TIMS are within 7c of each other, some are clearly better. Now that we have some new TIMs the bar has been raised and AS5 is on the lower end of the spectrum - making it subpar.

The fact that you will only be 3-4c below the better ones is important to show that people shouldn'tbe running out to replace their AS5, but if you are going to buy a new one, why would you buy AS5 if there are now multiple better options.
post #18 of 87
I like MX-3 these days, but AS5 is still good.. hell its been around for at least 10 years...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ACHILEE5 View Post
I read AS5 needs replacing after a couple of years!
Actually it needs to be replaced every 12 months according to their website. I've never seen it last more than 8 to 10 months before temps started climbing which is one of the many reasons I stopped using it altogether when Arctic Cooling MX-2 was released and haven't missed it at all.
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AS5 is good.On OCN we like the best however.My own personal results show Shin-etsu X23-7783D is the best,(except ICDiamond).I saw a drop of 4c under load over AS5 on my heat-pipe cooler.That translated into a higher overall overclock as well as a higher scores in benching,especially on AM3 IMC's.For the same price why wouldn't you,unless it is the only thing available.
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