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which thermal compound gives perform better on noctua nh-d14 ? anyone heard of IC Diamond?
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IC Diamond is pretty good, but it's very hard to spread (you need to use hot water on the tube or else it's way too thick) and it will strip your CPU's IHS bare of any lettering. For this reason, I would not recommend using it at all just for the extra 1C drop in temperature.

Honestly, thermal paste doesn't matter that much. Just use whatever is on hand. I have always used OCZ Freeze and MX-3.
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post #3 of 18
Mx-2, Mx-4, IC Diamond, arctic silver 5.....
The difference in temps is going to change more from application to application that from TIM to TIM
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I've always used Arctic Cooling MX-2, MX-3 and now MX-4. Good pricing, and no curing time.
    
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Im interested in the IC diamond aswell.
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post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Dopamin3 View Post
IC Diamond is pretty good, but it's very hard to spread (you need to use hot water on the tube or else it's way too thick) and it will strip your CPU's IHS bare of any lettering. For this reason, I would not recommend using it at all just for the extra 1C drop in temperature.

Honestly, thermal paste doesn't matter that much. Just use whatever is on hand. I have always used OCZ Freeze and MX-3.
I thought TIM was meant to fill in scratches and discrepancies, not make them!

Do agree that TIM isn't all that important.
But I have a tube of Cooler Master stuff here that game with my TX3, and it's like water...
Noticed over 5c worth of difference over it and Arctic Silver 5.

Also got some Shin-Etsu. Fantastic stuff.
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dopamin3 View Post
IC Diamond is pretty good, but it's very hard to spread (you need to use hot water on the tube or else it's way too thick) and it will strip your CPU's IHS bare of any lettering. For this reason, I would not recommend using it at all just for the extra 1C drop in temperature.

Honestly, thermal paste doesn't matter that much. Just use whatever is on hand. I have always used OCZ Freeze and MX-3.
Yeah I have IC Diamond, and I left it in boiling hot water for about 10 minutes. Its a good compound, and its not bad, all the high end ones are pretty much the same. Just depends if you want to deal with the thickness or not.

Strange, MY CPU's IHS lettering is still there.

Go for AS5, Shin-Etsu, or any others suggested.. You can use IC diamond if you want, just put it in boiling hot water for around 5-10 minutes.
Edited by brobanmanx2 - 8/4/11 at 7:51am
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post #8 of 18
Yea Shin Itsu is probably the best user friendly TIM to use. I would also recommend MX-3 and MX-4. If you want the absolute best I would go with this. It is liquid metal therefore it is conductive and you need to be careful to get it applied right. It's also a bit expensive.
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post #9 of 18
IIRC ic diamond only scratches your IHS if you use torsion to remove it.
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The thermal compound that comes with the D14 is very good alr. Pretty sure its the NT-H1, will last you years while providing awesome temps.
    
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