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$9 a shot seems a little steep, is it really worth it? Or is there some other TIM that will do a similar job done for the most part?
I'm ruling out IC Diamond, not going to preheat a TIM and chip just to get good coverage.
 
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post #2 of 11
I hear if you use it with aluminum base HSF's it will weld itself to the heatsink.

Use with the 212+ is out.
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You don't need to preheat the chip to get the IC Diamond to work. You just need to put it in some warm/hot water so that it's easier to spread. That being said, you don't have to do that.

As for Indigo Extreme, it is pretty damn good, but the cost really doesn't justify it if you're not using ultra-high end everything. Realistically, AS5, or any others of that price point is plenty good.
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post #4 of 11
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Actually, it's going to be used with an AIO - still deciding between Thermaltake's Water2.0 Extreme and Corsair's H100. It's also going on a 3770K, and those suckers are hot.

I could've sworn I read something about needing to preheat both the chip and paste with IC Diamond. Maybe that's just GPUs?
I've been using AS5 for almost 8 years now, and I've only ever been 'meh' with the results. I tried dot, spreading, cross, parallel lines, 5-dot (the best I found, 4 tiny dots, along the 1/3 marks - and one even smaller in the middle. Like the "5" on a typical die). Coolest I could ever get my Q6600 using AS5 was with an all-copper air cooler, and that was just 40C.

I need to buy a new tube of TIM, might as well try something new - and something that will give better, more consistent results than AS5.
 
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i had just put the ic diamond on my chip and that was that, my temps are just fine
   
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post #6 of 11
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I'm also not too thrilled with coating the the IHS with the world's greatest liquid sand paper. Feel like I could give it a really sub-par lapping just by cleaning it off.
 
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post #7 of 11
To be fair, the greatest difference you'll see between IC Diamond and something like Indigo Extreme is ~1-2C. It's really not worth it unless money is no object. Just go for what suits your budget best, and performs best in that price range. You don't have to have the best of the best, but best of what you can get. If you're willing to try it, by all means get IE. It has a 'plastic' cover thing that allows the thermal interface material to 'melt' to best fill in all the microscopic gaps. It won't weld to your IHS, and if it does, I'm pretty sure you could just get RMA/ask them what happened and if they're going to compensate you for it.

MX-5 is worth looking at too, if you just want a tube of TIM. Get the H100 btw, it looks pretty, and has more reviews/performance 'validations' of it than the gigabyte one as far as I can tell.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Swift Castiel View Post

Get the H100 btw, it looks pretty, and has more reviews/performance 'validations' of it than the gigabyte one as far as I can tell.

I assume you mean "Thermaltake" instead of "Gigabyte"?
That's what I keep looking at, the H100 has a tons more reviews, but the Water 2.0 Extreme is a double thick Rad, and a 240 rad. The reviews that do exist for it say that it performs better or on par with the H100, and that you can frequently find it on sale for $80. It'll probably come down to which cooler is cheaper when I buy tomorrow - or the H100 if I discover that the W2.0E is too thick for the top of my HAF X.
 
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post #9 of 11
Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme or Thermaltake CLW0215 Water 2.0 Extreme?

CLW0215 = 151 x120 x 27mm radiator

CLW0217 = 270 x120 x 38.3mm radiator
is bigger than
Corsair H100 = 275 x 122 x 27 mm radiator
Edited by doyll - 8/13/12 at 9:27am
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Yep. As long as it get "good quality" reviews - which it has so far - and will fit, I will probably go with the CLW0217 over the H100. And provided it's on sale for $80, like it seems to be every other day.
 
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