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Hey everyone,
I firstly hope that this is in the right section :/
Anyway, whenever I ask for a thermal compound that is good everyone says "Arctic Silver 5". I don't have a problem with that, but my question is: Why? Why is it a better thermal compound than others?
Also... How much thermal compound should I put on for best results? Some people say "less is more" others say that it has to be spread everywhere visibly. Please help
Thanks in advance,
Marius
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AS5 is getting a bit old now
As for how much thermal compound, a dot in the middle is usually the best method
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Yeah AS5 is a little old but it still works great.
A pea sized about should do and remember to spread it on the CPU with about a thin layer.
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AS5 is getting a bit old now
As for how much thermal compound, a dot in the middle is usually the best method
But what makes one thermal compound better than another?
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post #5 of 34
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Hey everyone,
I firstly hope that this is in the right section :/
Anyway, whenever I ask for a thermal compound that is good everyone says "Arctic Silver 5". I don't have a problem with that, but my question is: Why? Why is it a better thermal compound than others?
Also... How much thermal compound should I put on for best results? Some people say "less is more" others say that it has to be spread everywhere visibly. Please help
Thanks in advance,
Marius
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=150&Itemid=62

This should answer all your questions! Yes it's a couple years old and there are some newer compounds around but AS5 is still a good choice.
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post #6 of 34
AS5 is getting a bit old now Shin Etsu X23-7783D or IC7

http://www.overclock.net/cooling-pro...7783d-tim.html

Good luck !!
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1. Arctic silver 5 is "good" because is it made with pure silver, which conducts heat extremely well. There are other good thermal pastes out there, like Shin Etsu, but AS5 is the "go-to" for a lot of people, myself included.

2. Put a dab the size of a pea at the very most. Try not to go any smaller than a grain of rice. Anywhere between, and you're fine.

3. There is no advantage to spreading. Just put a dab in the middle of the CPU and plop the heatsink on top. However, some compounds require that you spread them. Just follow the directions for whichever one you buy.
Edited by railfan844 - 7/17/11 at 3:30pm
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post #8 of 34
Recommending AS5 is like recommending a Big Typhoon for a cpu cooler.

Its electrically conductive, hard to apply, needs to cure, and cools worse than newer compounds like OCZ Freeze.

Just about the only reason you would ever want to use it is if you got it for free and didn't have anything else.
    
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It's not the best people are just stuck in the past, the temps rival the tops but it is also conductive and has that annoying 200 hour cure. Check out Arctic MX-2 or 4 similar price similar performance without all the other crap. The goal with a TIM is to fill in the tiny cracks not block metal on metal, metal on metal transfers heat the best but air is a great insulator so you use TIM to make use of the space that would instead be air.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FasterX View Post
Yeah AS5 is a little old but it still works great.
A pea sized about should do and remember to spread it on the CPU with about a thin layer.
Spreading it yourself may lead to trapped air bubbles. The heatsink will spread the paste when you mount it

This page might help: http://skinneelabs.com/2011-tim-results/
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