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post #1 of 9
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On both of my after market coolers (Akasa Venom and Asus Axe Square) I have used the included thermal compound, thinking that it would do the job, and it has!

Now I have pondered a bit more and seen Arctic Silver 5 for around £5, I've heard people see "dramatic" decreases in temperatures.... is this true? Is it worth the hassle of reapplying the paste or am I okay with what I have?


I would obviously love the decrease temps as it increases overclockability and the life span of the cpu! Let me know what like.


Thanks a lot, Graham
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post #2 of 9
It does help, but AS5 is a bit old, get something better like MX-4 or IC7. AS5 also has a burn in time before it gets its maximum efficiency.
But the extra temp drop might net you some extra mhz, so go for it.

EDIT : Not sure how "Dramatic" drops will be tho lol.
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post #3 of 9
After being a AS5 believer for many years, I tried some MX-3 that was on sale for around 5 shipped. Its better. Not by a whole lot. like 1c, but still better.
post #4 of 9
well there are indeed a lot of tims that performs much better than stock ones.
check this review:

http://skinneelabs.com/2011-tim-results/2/
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post #5 of 9
You won't notice anything drastic with AS5. I've found that the mere variation in how people apply their TIM makes more of a difference. That being said, I've seen slightly better performance with more of the shin-etsu TIM's than I ever did with AS5.

But if you're not hitting the limit of your card's thermal tolerances, there's no point in swapping TIM IMHO.
    
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Thanks for your responses! I think I might give a new thermal compound a go on my main desktop just to see what like! I wouldn't say I'm a hard overclocker, but I do have my 1100t at 4GHz so it does get a tad toasty at times hahah
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post #7 of 9
You could take a look at http://www.dansdata.com/goop.htm to see what results he obtained with various products. I use Arctic Silver Ceramique because it's not as harmful (doesn't contain silver) if you get it places it shouldn't be, and it cleans up fairly easily.
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post #8 of 9
usually i have used and recomened AS5 but yes it has a burn time but most TIMs do before you can do a proper temp test.
also the Tuniq TX-2 or Tuniq TX-4 are quality TIMs but can be a pain to spread due to the compunds thickness smile.gif
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post #9 of 9
AS 5 usually only shows a 1C change after burn in. The burn in is totally insignificant IME.

Any of the top ~15 TIMs will deliver excellent results. 1C is not going to improve your PC performance.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermal-Compound-Roundup-October-2011/1396/5
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