Originally Posted by BababooeyHTJ
That pic doesn't prove anything. Other than maybe the viral marketing on the forums from hidden focus group members thats gotten people banned on Hardforum. Stuff like that works.
I will say this, in the threads that I've seen on hardforum a lot of people seem to have had the same less than stellar impression from their experience with ICD. That paste is highly over rated due to the focus group members advertising on the forums.
I see no real reason to use AS5 these days. Its thick, its a pain to clean up, its capacitive, and its not really among the better performers. Skinnee labs testing pretty much says the same thing. Its not a bad option at all though.
According to skinnee labs testing and most other tests for that matter there isn't any more of a difference than a couple of degrees in most pastes and that includes indigo extreme.
I honestly think that differences in prepping, and applications will make far more of a difference with delidding than what paste that you actually use. I think that where indigo does do well is that its more forgiving with poor contact and skinnee labs testing seems to back that up. If there is that large of a difference between indigo and another tim then odds are that means you have poor contact. Correcting that and using a normal paste may actually result in better temps.
kk, maybe that pic doesnt proof anything, so i went to the skinnee lab website to check out
what youre talking about..
they did some testing with AS5 and others,
which resulted in, 72.40C for AS5
Artic Cooling MX-2, 71.46C
and the best of the test, indigo extreme, 70.66C
so yea.. just a few degrees between them, i never said AS5 was the best compound out there,
ive tested myself tho, the difference between using AS5 on the Die, and after that Liquid pro on the Die,
20+C difference between the two..
what i do tell people is, on the Die its important to have a high w/mk tim,
liquid pro has one of the highest w/mk's out there, 82 w/mk..
the compounds were talking about have a w/mk roughly between 2 and 10 w/mk..
about prepping, and applying tim's,
well, one guy tested that too, he put a hair on it, made some nice fingerprints..lol
he only noticed a few degrees difference.. funny right
any good compound will do on
the IHS, and eventually on the base plate cooler..
on the Die tho, its a different story, the heat dispersion area is so much smaller then the on the IHS,
thats where the high w/mk story comes in again ..lol
solder has a w/mk between 30 and 60w/mk,
like i said before, other compounds between 2 and 10w/mk max,
the winner in this regard is ..liqiud pro 82w/mk Edited by VonDutch - 10/18/12 at 11:50pm