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post #11 of 30
Shin-etsu, while good, is stupid expensive. You get half a gram. You can get AC MX-2 for $5 for a 4g tube.
    
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Originally Posted by I Whip My Hair View Post

Is there any legit 100% for sure guides that show a wicked way to put the TIM on for the best heat dissipation?

Now thats the $$$ question. Everyone has an opinion and you just opened a can of worms, right there tongue.gif

Each manufacturer should have a guild to how to apply their paste. Have a look at their websites.
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Originally Posted by mad0314 View Post

Shin-etsu, while good, is stupid expensive. You get half a gram. You can get AC MX-2 for $5 for a 4g tube.

I just bought AC MX-4 tongue.gif I love how it has no cure times vs. AS5 so I should love it :3
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post #14 of 30
For the application, it depends on how thick the TIM is. Dot works fine for thin TIM, but thicker TIMs might need a little help spreading out. Best thing is just try it yourself. Try a method and then take it off, and look at the contact area. If you like what you see, use that method. Theres no substitute for first hand experience.
    
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post #15 of 30
I would go for MX-4. I switched from AS5 and I am never going back.
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I would go for MX-4. I switched from AS5 and I am never going back.

I just bought some MX-4 about 5mins ago and I am really excited tongue.gif I can start OCing right away after I apply it, because it has no cure time :3
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post #17 of 30
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I just bought some MX-4 about 5mins ago and I am really excited tongue.gif I can start OCing right away after I apply it, because it has no cure time :3

Excellent.

While it has "no cure time", all pastes require some heat / cool cycles to get into all the micro cracks and crannies. You may notice a small improvement as time goes on.

But hey, go wild!
post #18 of 30
I'm a happy user of MX-2 and now MX-4, I have it both on my CPU and GPU and it is a great product. The method I use for applying is the credit card method, I've always used it, it takes longer than the rice drop method, but that way I am sure the TIM is evenly spread out and I have control over the thickness of the layer. The potential downside people usually mention is the possible formation of air bubbles, but given that I apply a thin layer (as per the recommendations for this method) I don't think that will be a problem. I can't complain about the temperatures. My GPU doesn't get hotter than 60.º - 62.º C while at 99% load in gaming, the same for the CPU, also at the low 60.ºs.
 
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post #19 of 30
MX-4 and Shin Etsu all day
post #20 of 30
imo put on a cowboy hat and grab some Coolaboratory Liquid Metal Ultra. It's the only tim I've used that actually stands apart. People are all nervous about the liquid metal thing, but that shouldn't be a problem unless you ignore the instructions and fling it on like a chimpanzee. Stuff really works. It's even kinda fun to apply and the company says there's only a 14% chance my computer will explode, at most. I like those odds.
    
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