Originally Posted by chrisjames61
The fan on the backside of motherboard pretty much just effects socket temp.
I know. I haven't noticed a difference in that. However, the temp monitoring software I use (and the others I've looked at) shows CPU and package temps. I don't have anything else to go from and the package is always the same temp as the CPU temp according to the info. Maybe there is a difference but I can't see it because of the lack of a sensor.
Originally Posted by gordesky1
I have a question. What thermal paste is everyone using? Why i asked is im going to buy a new tube because im out of it when i order the core x9 today. Right now im using tuniq tx 2 which i bought last year and been pretty happy with it.
But i saw others like IC Diamond 7 Carat GELID Solutions GC-Extreme and Cooler Master IceFusion - 200 g which is a great deal for 17$ but im not sure how good it is.
Liquid Pro. Now that it's just $10
I really don't see the point in using anything less.
The key to it is to watch out for the spurting of the syringe. It likes to come out in a big glob if you're not careful. Otherwise it's a piece of cake to use. Removing it is probably a challenge, but it remains wet so why remove it? Unlike pastes, this stuff is more of a liquid so I don't think air bubbles are an issue. Even if you get any air bubbles from remounting you'll still get better thermal performance with this stuff than with any paste. Pastes just can't compete with actual liquid metal, especially the Pro since it doesn't have bismuth or anything like that alloyed with it to make it easier to remove.
You can't use anything with aluminum or iron with it and it shows the best results with a smooth mirror-like surface. Thick pastes are a good choice for rough surfaces.
Arctic Silver isn't a good choice. Anything that says it needs 200 hours of cure time plus many many shutdowns and power-ons is a rather silly product now that no-nonsense stuff like Liquid Pro is available and provides better temps. Also, I have seen several paste roundups that don't place AS5 very high. People who say they have had problems with Liquid Pro probably have aluminum residue on their stuff from the use of Arctic Silver and such. Gallium doesn't react with copper or nickle.
Another nice thing about Liquid Pro is that you brush it to an even consistency across the entire die. You don't have to try to figure out how large a pea or grain of rice is supposed to be according to whomever has left the instructions. There is no worry about not having the TIM spread across the whole heatspreader as a result.
• Liquid Pro for anything except aluminum/iron, rough surfaces, and situations where conductivity must be completely avoided.
• A thick high-quality non-curing paste for rough surfaces. You an use Liquid Pro with rough surfaces. It just doesn't shine as much versus pastes.
• A thin high-quality non-curing paste for mirror-like surfaces with aluminum or iron.
The mounting pressure of the cooler also makes a difference, but not as much of one as the roughness of the surface as far as I know.Edited by superstition222 - 5/21/15 at 12:35pm