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I have a 980X @ 4.33Ghz (206x21) but temps in the 90's C under LinX 24 hour stable... Too hot for my liking but I dont really care since I am going to upgrade to a Sandy Bridge-E whenever they debut...

however I am going to get a H100 to replace my H70 for cooling my current 980X OC to see if I can bring the temps down... what is the best of the best thermal paste? I dont care how expensive.

(Not interested in a true water setup for my OC, thanks)
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Generally people (including me) go for Arctic Silver 5, becasue it's considered to be one of if not the best thermal paste.
Also note that if you use AS5 the optimal performance is reached after about 200 hours after being applied, so you won't be reaching lowest possible temps right after applying
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post #3 of 27
metallic paste's are history

the new generation non-conductive,non-curing,no need for renewing 1-2 times a year pastes are better

you can go for arctic mx-2 or mx-4
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He could try, but personally I am sticking to AS5
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post #5 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by markothevrba View Post
Generally people (including me) go for Arctic Silver 5, becasue it's considered to be one of if not the best thermal paste.
Also note that if you use AS5 the optimal performance is reached after about 200 hours after being applied, so you won't be reaching lowest possible temps right after applying
And yet, why would you wait 200 hours?

Go with MX 4, Shin Etsu or IC Diamond.
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nooooo! don't use AS5! There are a lot of other thermal pastes better than it and has a really long burn in time. I just bought the GELID Solutions GC-Extreme. I haven't applied it to the cpu yet (or gpu). A lot of people said there was a 15 degree Celsius improvement over AS5.
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post #7 of 27

I Would get the Noctua Thermal Paste... It's beats the AS-5 by few degrease Celsius...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608008
Also, if you want greater cooling, Lap your CPU... Also, Get a better Cooler like the Zalman CNPS11X Extreme because it can handle Here's a review of it!

post #8 of 27
I agree with the others about AS5, it was great in it's day, but the newer TIMs are better and are non-conductive. I'm personally a big fan on Thermalright's Chill Factor 3.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HWI View Post
I agree with the others about AS5, it was great in it's day, but the newer TIMs are better and are non-conductive. I'm personally a big fan on Thermalright's Chill Factor 3.
AS5 is not conductive.

However, AS5 is showing its age. It was once the top of the heap, but now has been outpaced by some of the newer, better TIM's already mentioned.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by salokin View Post
AS5 is not conductive.

However, AS5 is showing its age. It was once the top of the heap, but now has been outpaced by some of the newer, better TIM's already mentioned.
HAH! tell that to my dead 7600gt! worked fine and decided to clean off old tim and put new pads and BAM! AC5 made it stopped working. Tried to bake it and it failed..
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