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post #11 of 22
indigo extreme as long as your heatsink is flat ( hyper212+ won't work ) mx-4 for everything else
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post #12 of 22
OCZ Freeze, PK-1 and Indigo Extreme are all Top notch.
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post #13 of 22
Arctic Cooling MX-2/3/4
Gelid GC-Extreme
OCZ Freeze
IC Diamond 7/24
Shin Etsu X23 7783D
Thermalright Chill Factor 3
Arctic Silver Matrix
TIM Consultants Quantum
Tuniq TX-4

All of these will perform within 1-2*C of each other.
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post #14 of 22
I've been very happy with TIM Consultants Quantum Grease. It's easier to apply (thinner), easier to remove, and gives me lower temps than the IC diamond paste. It's also somewhat inexpensive too.

http://www.tim-consultants.com/matrix2.html
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post #15 of 22
AS5 Might have a 200 hour cure time, but in the end I always have seen it perform better than all. In most cases.
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post #16 of 22
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Hmm.. what is this Indigo Extreme stuff?

I could swear I've seen it as far back as 2005.

But I've never heard anything about it.. and it's a hard plastic casing that wedges in between the CPU and HSF?

Boy, I wonder if you guys know what this feels like.

It's like discovering that your house has an attic when you've lived in it for 5 years.
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post #17 of 22
http://skinneelabs.com/2011-tim-results/
I think I'm going with MX-4. I've heard that the PK-1 dries out quickly.
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post #18 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lvlrdka22 View Post
http://skinneelabs.com/2011-tim-results/
I think I'm going with MX-4. I've heard that the PK-1 dries out quickly.
Can someone explain this "Poor Contact - Great Contact" thing?

What's the point of testing it with poor contact?
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post #19 of 22
Same here, would like to know. The article is great but there seems to be alot of pointless information.

I'm surprised at MX-3's results, especially compared to MX-4. I was under the impression the only advantage MX-4 brought was easier spreading. I've been using both of them on my i7 and 470 for a while now, and on every single mount MX-3 keeps beating MX-4, sometimes even by 2°C.
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post #20 of 22
I have always used the AS5 but heard that IC Diamond and MX-4 are better compounds. I havent really tried anything else because when I run out of AS5 the local Ratshack (radioshack) always has some in stock and id like $4 lol
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