Originally Posted by ivanlabrie
Sidewinder is my go to place for LP/LU...they offer free shipping in the US and sell cool stuff.
Indeed they do, that changes everything, since shipping for clu/clp is always $5-10.
Does CLU/CLP stain? I've read multiple, and conflicting reports, on this.
To the guy asking about lapping - technically copper transfers heat better than nickel, so theoretically lapping to copper would produce the best temp drops. In reality, nickel's thermal transferance is so damn close to copper, and nickel is many times over more durable, which is why you rarely see that copper-bronze color on heatsinks anymore. Everything is nickel-plated copper, in the real world you won't see any temp differences (i doubt youd see any difference from lapped cpu vs lapped to the copper cpu, that's beside the point that lapping doesn't exactly drop temps that much), and nickel is much more durable.
I'd rather not lap through to the copper due to that, but it's up to you. There's a reason everything is nickel plated these days, the loss far outweighs the gain. you really don't need to lap through to the copper. You just need to lap it so it's smooth, how smooth is up to you.
3.) since I'm getting both CLP and CLU, I plan to mix both and then apply it to the die and also the CPU cooler (if I do not end up running 'unlidded'). Good idea ? Bad idea ?
Why don't you delid, try clp, then try clu, then try your mix of both and post the results. If I had both, I would try it if that idea ran through my head. Honestly I don't think it's a good idea... but it's not really a bad idea either. If you got a tube of the stuff, there's no reason not to try such things, see what happens. I know I've remounted PK1/PK2/PK3 many times on my system, just trying stuff out. I even took the excess paste from my gtx 460 when I re-TIMd it (there was so much excess tim on it, that I had more than a 1.5g tube of paste! i put it into a baggie) and tried it out (was pretty good actually).
It seems as more and more people test them though,they say they are both the same or within a margin of error of eachother, but more results is always better.Edited by Belial - 1/23/13 at 10:10pm