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Hello everybody!

I got some Artic Silver 5 a little while ago and I am not happy with the temps.
The old grease I used (TIM Consultants Quantum) had better temps.

Instead of getting that again I want to get a liquid metal TIM such as the Coollaboratory Liquid Pro or Ultra.

But I am not sure if these TIMs will work with a Direct heat pipe touch heat sink(Hyper TX3) because there are small spaces where the heat pipe joins with the metal portion.

Will I be OK using the liquid metal TIM? Or should I just go back to Quantum?

Thanks!

P.S. I don't want to lap the heat sink because I don't want to damage the heat pipes.
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what temps were you getting with the different TIM's?
    
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if your heatsink is not smooth on the bottom (no groves like on hyper212+) then the liquid metal's won't work
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I would honestly just use some MX-2 on a HDT cooler, it is way easier to work into the grooves, has no cure time, and is cheap . I used it on my Hyper 212+ and I got excellent temps, I have a 30g tube that I use for everything.
    
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what temps were you getting with the different TIM's?
With AS5: 31C Idle, 65C load
With Quantum: 26C Idle 59C load

First time I thought I applied AS5 wrong. Did it again, but no difference.
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if your heatsink is not smooth on the bottom (no groves like on hyper212+) then the liquid metal's won't work
Thank You! Guess I will go to a standard paste.
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I would honestly just use some MX-2 on a HDT cooler, it is way easier to work into the grooves, has no cure time, and is cheap . I used it on my Hyper 212+ and I got excellent temps, I have a 30g tube that I use for everything.
This is what I used before: http://www.tim-consultants.com/matrix2.html

And it's better than MX-2 according to this: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...&limitstart=12

They tested the older version the company makes. This new one is supposed to be better.
Edited by fishymamba - 6/3/11 at 8:41pm
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It is better by a few degrees, but remember there are other variables to consider. Mounting pressure, amount used, case temps, and ambient temps. These reviews are great guide lines to go by but YMMV.
    
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on dht heatsinks, i put small dots on one side of the heasink (between the pipes), then use a credit card to cram it in the gaps and smooth it out
(if the tx3 is like the 212+ and the copper base is very rough, may need slightly more)
then put a 1/4 pea sized dot on the cpu when installing

3 lines can work, but may leave air pockets between the pipes
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on dht heatsinks, i put small dots on one side of the heasink (between the pipes), then use a credit card to cram it in the gaps and smooth it out
(if the tx3 is like the 212+ and the copper base is very rough, may need slightly more)
then put a 1/4 pea sized dot on the cpu when installing

3 lines can work, but may leave air pockets between the pipes
When I put on the Quantum I tried it several different ways since I had three syringes to work with.

What worked best was to fill the gaps with a little grease first, then put a thin lair of TIM on the CPU. This gave me the lowest temp. Quantum is very thick and does not spread well with the line or dot method. I did the same thing with AS5 and I got the best temps too.
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