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wow...all of you have a VERY GREAT Explanation...I'm very confused now...to be honest, I was trying the PK1 on my CPU, I don't know if I can call it Good or not, but my CPU Temperature @4.3 Ghz is 49C (Core 0 at HWMonitor)...at idle...due to my room temperature @29-31C...I was borrowed that paste from my friend...

and all of you is talking about, cure time, what does that mean? I don't understand that theory...I'm Sorry for my limited knowledge.
Edited by Sharchaster - 12/11/12 at 10:23pm
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wow...all of you have a VERY GREAT Explanation...I'm very confused now...to be honest, I was trying the PK1 on my CPU, I don't know if I can call it Good or not, but my CPU Temperature @4.3 Ghz is 49C (Core 0 at HWMonitor)...at idle...due to my room temperature @29-31C...I borrowed the paste from my friend...
and all of you is talking about, cure time, what does that mean? I don't understand that theory...I'm Sorry for my limited knowledge.

Cure time just means that it takes awhile (usually around 50-100hr) for it to reach its maximum potential as a TIM but honestly you will prob net around 1-3c difference, most GPU manufacturers don't botch TIM applications often. I have done this to my 460 and only noticed a 2-3c difference using various TIM's so YMMV.
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I used AS-5 for years but I heard it was conductive and after one time re-applying thermal paste to my GTX260 I killed it. Not sure if it was due to ESD or AS-5 but I stopped using it. Making sure to not get AS-5 on anything but the CPU/GPU (As well as other pastes too, not just AS-5).

I now use Tuniq TX-2.

PS: AS-5 = Arctic Silver 5. tongue.gif


It's capacitive not conductive. There are technically no conductive pastes with the exception of the liquid metal engineered TIMs. You know those are actual metal so obviously it's gonna conduct. I tend to group those TIMs into their own category with Indigo Xtreme and others like it.
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It's capacitive not conductive. There are technically no conductive pastes with the exception of the liquid metal engineered TIMs. You know those are actual metal so obviously it's gonna conduct. I tend to group those TIMs into their own category with Indigo Xtreme and others like it.

Thanks for the tip! +rep to you sir!

@OP I spread TIM with either a card or my finger in a plastic bag trick. Hasn't failed me yet.
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I used this on both my gtx 580s, had 0 problems and it's been over 2 years...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233069
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does MX - 2 is a good paste? and safe? I mean it's not conductive? I consider that paste too, because they're cheaper than mx 4 and pk1
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does MX - 2 is a good paste? and safe? I mean it's not conductive? I consider that paste too, because they're cheaper than mx 4 and pk1

Yes and Yes it is not conductive. Very few pastes are conductive,

Google is your friend:
http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/detail?sArticle=82.%3F

I use MX-4. I haven;t tried MX-2 but I understand it is a little more difficult to apply (less fluid).
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Ok everyone, thanks for your participation for my thread, all of you is very helpful + rep added for all of you...thumb.gif
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They are almost identical.
Both are really easy to work with: they are very fluid and clean off easily when necessary...and both are within 1 degree of each other. The MX-4 wins but, whichever is cheapest in your area will be fine.
And don't spread it. You place a dot in the center of the gpu itself then put the heatsink back on and let the pressure spread it--so it fills the imperfections on it's own. Use a dot about the size of a small pea.

But how about for gpu heatsinks that are HDT (heatpipe direct touch) wherein there are two gaps between the three heatpipes? Here's my thread about it:

www.overclock.net/t/1336963/thermal-paste-reapplication-of-gpu-not-cpu-hdt-coolers

Please help.
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I know you want to repaste but i'd figured i'd throw this out there incase anyone missed it. I repasted my GPU card thinking 65 was bad but i ended up just wasting my time for i think 7c ?


http://www.overclock.net/t/651707/faq-acceptable-temperatures-for-graphics-cards
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