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Originally Posted by justarealguy View Post
If the core has a heat spreader and you use too much, that could be problematic. Very rare, but some people really goob that stuff on. That's user error though.

The real problem is with exposed cores. It can potentially short out the chip. Extremely rare, but it can happen.
And I do not doubt it one bit...
post #42 of 87
I've used TX-2 since it came out. I like its viscosity o.O
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I have found that no matter the TIM, I like the credit card method of spreading my goo. I always seem to be able to use less like that, and when it comes to TIM, less is best
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post #44 of 87
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Originally Posted by grunion View Post
I've never used 2, only 3 and 4.
Is 2 any thinner than 3 and 4?
MX-2 has about the same consistency as AS5. I haven't tried MX-4, but from what I remember about using MX-3 it was thicker than MX-2, but it has been awhile since I used it. I never saw enough difference in temps to justify the extra cost of MX-3 compared to MX-2.

One of the reasons I recommend MX-2 to AS5 users is it's so similar consistency wise that they don't have a problem applying it like they would with some of the other TIM like IC Diamond. Getting good results is as much about application as it is the actual TIM used. Once you get used to applying one type it can take quite a while to get used to applying one that is significantly different and get the same results they did with the one they are familiar with.
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post #45 of 87
After giving it some thought, I'd say that AS5 is viewed as the standard. Anything better than AS5 is enthusiast grade, and anything below is generally perceived as subpar.
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The problem with that theory is there is a LOT more above AS5 than there is below it.
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Mx-2 ftw.
    
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post #48 of 87
Oh the amusement in people discussing which thermal paste is better. Such a funny thing to argue about.

AS5 is fine. Shin-Etsu is fine. Hell, even the Zalman thermal nail-polish (that's what it looks like) is fine. You could use toothpaste if you wanted to. Maybe American cheese. It really doesn't matter.

Better thing to argue about would be how people keep suggesting "about the size of a grain of rice" for the amount of AS5 to use (which is entirely too much if you're doing it right).
    
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post #49 of 87
You were okay until you made the ludicrous statement about cheese and toothpaste. Tests have shown they wouldn't do squat.

And the grain of "UN COOKED" rice is about right. That's the part people make a mistake on.

Finally , who said we are arguing? I haven't seen any name calling, rants, or any of the histrionics that accompany an argument. We are having a discussion and it's remained extremely civilized. OCN is a discussion forum and that is exactly what we have here.
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post #50 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by ACHILEE5 View Post
I read AS5 needs replacing after a couple of years!
In two years I'll of replaced the CPU/GPU or heatsink at least once or twice.
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