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Okay, so I found myself at Frys tonight (for those of you that may not know what it is, it's a big..newegg/tiger direct type of store. Comparable prices, and match to boot) purchasing an ASUS P8Z68-V to go with my I5-2500k. When I got to the register and he tried to get a few last minute commission feeders in, he asked me if I needed thermal paste. A light shined down upon him and I immediately began looking in some odd direction thinking it was going to be sitting right where I looked.

When we arrived at the thermal paste section, I knew I wanted Arctic Silver based on what Ive read around here. There was only one left...was "ceramic" at 2.5g. He then handed me an Antec Formula 5 Silver Thermal Compound. He assured me that it's what I needed. Now, I would typically know better than to listen to a 16 year old hormone-laden pile of useless information (this was determined when asked if he knew the difference between my board and the V-PRO) but the thought of being at home smothering the bottom of my cooler with anything and playing with my lovely new gadgets swept over me and I whisked away said paste and proceeded to gaily skip to my pickup.

My question is: Is the Antec paste any good? Should I drive 10 miles back to the store to purchase the A/S? My intentions aren't to send this chip to its wits end overclocking (maybe 4.0ish) however I do want the PC to run as cool and efficient as I can get it.
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From what I'm reading HERE, it is the same as Arctic Silver 5. Not the Ceramic, but AS5.

That said it also indicates here that this thermal paste is noted as having NO CURE PERIOD.... which of course, we know, for AS5 is not true. I would assume its the same or very similar to AS5 but possibly a bit worse, who really knows, this test did not account for a cure period.

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Originally Posted by Benchmarkreviews.com
EDITORS NOTE: As a result of Antec's concern for the rating or their product, the following information has been added to this article for clarification: The Antec 77063 Formula 5 Silver Grease used in our tests is identical to Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste. As of 26 June 2009, Antec's application instructions do not recommend or require any amount of material curing time, despite Arctic Silver recommending 200-hours of thermal cycling to allow a proper cure of their AC5 compound. Because no curing time is suggested by Antec, Benchmark Reviews has tested the Formula 5 thermal paste after one-hour of thermal-cycling was complete, which is how all materials with no curing time specified have been tested. Benchmark Reviews recognizes that this product (and other AC5-clone products) will perform slightly better over time, however the product instructions supplied by Antec are different than those of the original formula manufacturer (Arctic Silver) and was tested based on specific manufacturer recommendations.
Now, a lot of people on here will tell you AS5 isn't the best paste anymore. I don't know if that's true or not but I get great results when I apply it correctly. You have to experiment with applying it anyway, and I dunno if a lot of people do that, but I had some interesting results.

The difference between average thermal paste (which some here will try to convince you AS5 is) and the best paste may be 1.5C. Keep that in mind.
    
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From what I'm reading HERE, it is the same as Arctic Silver 5. Not the Ceramic, but AS5.

That said it also indicates here that this thermal paste is noted as having NO CURE PERIOD.... which of course, we know, for AS5 is not true. I would assume its the same or very similar to AS5 but possibly a bit worse, who really knows, this test did not account for a cure period.



Now, a lot of people on here will tell you AS5 isn't the best paste anymore. I don't know if that's true or not but I get great results when I apply it correctly. You have to experiment with applying it anyway, and I dunno if a lot of people do that, but I had some interesting results.

The difference between average thermal paste (which some here will try to convince you AS5 is) and the best paste may be 1.5C. Keep that in mind.
That helps ease my mind a lot. Thank you!
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You don't want arctic ceramique for cooling a CPU unless you're doing sub-zero really, so the kid did steer you in the right direction if the Antec stuff performs similar to AS5. I'd say just go for it, it's probably better than the ceramique would have been. That being said, the difference is probably minimal still, only around 1-2C.

You can usually find some arctic silver 5 at nearly any radioshack i've ever been to, if you want to compare.
Edited by anubis1127 - 8/16/11 at 10:24pm
post #5 of 10
Ceramique performed basically the same as AS5 from my experience. Maybe 0.2 C worse on air.
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I use AS5. No problems with that brand so far
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Get some MX2/MX4 or Shin Etsu 7783, or PK1 instead. AS5 is sooo old. I just bought two 8g tubes of MX2 for 3 bucks ea., definitely superb.
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Quote:
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Get some MX2/MX4 or Shin Etsu 7783, or PK1 instead. AS5 is sooo old. I just bought two 8g tubes of MX2 for 3 bucks ea., definitely superb.
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People still use AS5?
    
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AS Ceramique is still pretty decent. A few degrees warmer than the best pastes, but longevity/stability are superb.
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