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Another TIM question..... seems like there are exact same question every 2 days or so....
I'm yet again posting this same thing that I posted about 5 times last week.
(please use search next time... there are tons of same questions that you are asking.)

I'm posting this again.... since so many people asks the same thing I just copied it here also...

AS5 was the best TIM about 6~8 years ago.
Now there are many different and better kinds of TIM.
I personally use MX-4. It has no cure time and non conductive.
AS5 needs 200 hours of cure time and it is also conductive.

The most important thing is how you apply TIM.
Less is more. It depends on how flat the Heat sink surface is but TIM is only for filling the the microscopic gap between HS and CPU heat spreader.
I use small rice grain x2 amount at the center of CPU and press the HS on top to spread it by itself. Always the best this way for me.
Also the CPU does not need to be covered with TIM.
Metal to metal contacts at the corners are perfectly fine.

Also if you are using direct heat pipe type of HS, like 212+, put the thin strip (1/3 length of CPU) of TIM on each of the aluminum divider part. Not on the heat pipe. (you may put very small amount of TIM on the center of CPU if you like.)
Also filling the gap between the heat pipe and the divider with TIM is not recommended. Since it actually runs hotter. (some say the other way but my testing it ran hotter)
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post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
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.
What do you mean with 200-hour cure?
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post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post
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.
Do research before you post. I'd expect more with your rep. It is NOT electrically conduction. The only thing is, is that it is slightly capacitive.

http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm

It is also easy to apply. You put a dab in the middle and that's it. And second it is not pure silver; it would cost much more. It has silver flakes which is very good for transferring heat.

Is it still good? Yes. Is there better substances, Yes. I switched to MX-4 a little while back and I get better results and no curing time. ~2-3 degrees C.
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post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by Alpha Blob View Post
What do you mean with 200-hour cure?
It takes 200 hours to reach is full "performance"
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It takes 200 hours to reach is full "performance"
200 operating the pc with high temps, or idle, or just 200 hours sitting?
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post #16 of 34
Arctic Cooling MX-4 is the brand-new one but AS5 still performs well

See benchmarks for further informations.
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post #17 of 34
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Originally Posted by Winrahr View Post
It takes 200 hours to reach is full "performance"
Thats not too great... Well I bought AS5 when I bought the components for my build but never used it yet as the thermal compound on the stock cooler was pre-applied. Now I am getting a Hyper 212+ and I know it comes with thermal compound. Should I use that one then, or AS5?
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post #18 of 34
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Originally Posted by stryker7314 View Post
200 operating the pc with high temps, or idle, or just 200 hours sitting?
200 hours of normal use, aka: using computer then turning it off when not in use.
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Thats not too great... Well I bought AS5 when I bought the components for my build but never used it yet as the thermal compound on the stock cooler was pre-applied. Now I am getting a Hyper 212+ and I know it comes with thermal compound. Should I use that one then, or AS5?
I would assume that AS5 will perform better, and since you have it, why not?
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post #20 of 34
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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.
thats a good way to do it if you want air bubbles and bad temps.
i use shin etsu.

when replacing as5 with it temps dropped 5-6c.

sounds like its about the same to me.
     
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