Originally Posted by fishhawk
lol-ok-i was only saying that the final results of the as5 are just as good, and in no way was saying lapping is the way to go-only was giveing facts. Ok-and your saying it will take a year for it to cure-lol WOW my temps are going to rock in another 10 months-that would make as5 the best there is if we even think the way you just stated your post. So also i guess by your guestamation, anything that may take a bit of time or pose us to only consider the newest product is worth it, excuse me!! There are absulutely no products out there that fit every need-or every person and there is in no way any absulute just becuz one or two people or places say so, some times i cant beleive how so manny have tunnle vision in this world. Come on we are talking about TIM.
1. I wasn't even talking to you;
2. I was quoting an article. Did you read that ? It wasn't me saying that; I do not necessarily agree with everything said in the article. That whole year does indeed seem exaggerated, but different usage patterns might apply here - if the PC is not turned off often (some people leave the PC on for folding or downloading files, etc), it might take way longer to cure. Arctic says it themselves - it can take up to 400+ hours
(page 8, number 7).
3. See what happened when they tested an Arctic Silver 5 rebadged as Antec, which incidentally didn't have the cure recommendation:
EDITORS NOTE: As a result of Antec's concern for the rating or their product, the following information has been added to this article for clarification: The Antec 77063 Formula 5 Silver Grease used in our tests is identical to Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste. As of 26 June 2009, Antec's application instructions do not recommend or require any amount of material curing time, despite Arctic Silver recommending 200-hours of thermal cycling to allow a proper cure of their AC5 compound. Because no curing time is suggested by Antec, Benchmark Reviews has tested the Formula 5 thermal paste after one-hour of thermal-cycling was complete, which is how all materials with no curing time specified have been tested. Benchmark Reviews recognizes that this product (and other AC5-clone products) will perform slightly better over time, however the product instructions supplied by Antec are different than those of the original formula manufacturer (Arctic Silver) and was tested based on specific manufacturer recommendations.
As a result, it got a performance grade C instead of A+ like the AS5.
Taken from Benchmark Reviews's 80-way Thermal Interface Material Performance Test
Besides, as has been stated, the AS5 needs to be reapplied every 8 -12 months because it starts losing efficiency, unlike competing products.Edited by tpi2007 - 5/17/11 at 5:24pm