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I want to know if I should use Arctic Silver 5? Or am I screwing myself for not getting a better thermal compound? I mean you'd think that something better would have been developed in the last 5+ years right?
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post #2 of 43
Arctic Silver 5 is still good. rolleyes.gif
 
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post #3 of 43
Sure, but my research led me to Artic Cooling MX-4. I loves it.
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post #4 of 43
At the risk of starting a flame war, AS5 is venerable but old.

Most newer pastes are much better these days. Personally, i use MX4 for both CPU and GPU reseats.

The newer pastes do not need a cure time. Having said that, all pastes do need a few heat / cool cycles to settle into all the micro nooks and crannies. smile.gif
post #5 of 43
Outside of a long curing time, AS5 is still great for cooling.

Thermal Paste Chart

Thermal Paste Chart 2

According to those tests AS5 is still one of the best thermal pastes out there.
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post #6 of 43
Still works great, still use it for air/water cooling.
 
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post #7 of 43
I´d get Antec formula7/ IC diamond for some $$$ more and way better performance thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

I´d get Antec formula7/ IC diamond for some $$$ more and way better performance thumb.gif

IC Diamond is the best TIM I've used. It was much better than my MX-4 and MX-4 was much better than AS5. I just was having bad temps with AS5 on my last two rigs, but it has worked great on ones I don't have OC'd.

So basically AS5 works, but I saw 5 of more degree drop in temps after switching from AS5 last time I used it just by switching to MX-4.
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post #9 of 43
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Originally Posted by Aesir View Post

IC Diamond is the best TIM I've used. It was much better than my MX-4 and MX-4 was much better than AS5. I just was having bad temps with AS5 on my last two rigs, but it has worked great on ones I don't have OC'd.
So basically AS5 works, but I saw 5 of more degree drop in temps after switching from AS5 last time I used it just by switching to MX-4.

I can't believe you'd see a 5C delta between AS5 and any other paste. I have a feeling you did something wrong.
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post #10 of 43
No it's true, there are webpages with comparisons showing these differences, pk-1 is considered the best paste, indigo xtreme the best compound.
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