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post #1 of 17
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Hello Everyone,
I am just about to run out of my arctic silver 5 thermal compound.
I am looking for a new one, but i don't know what to get.
I want something that cools a little bit better, but doesn't cost a whole lot more.
I saw a thermal paste that you could rub on with a paint brush once, and i cant remember what it was.

Please list some recommendations, and the links to them.

Thanks for the help, everyone
Mike
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This, i'm loving it
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That's what I use also.
post #5 of 17
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Is it a noticeable difference in performance between my arctic silver 5 and that?
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by overclockmike View Post

Is it a noticeable difference in performance between my arctic silver 5 and that?

It's about the same (all the pastes are actully pretty close) but it is safer because AS5 is capacitive and can cause problems if it gets on components. Granted, not really likely, but no point in risking it if there are alternatives that are just as good.
post #7 of 17
AS5 is actually NOT electrically conductive, despite the myths to the contrary.

One would think it is b/c of the, well, silver. But its not. They write this prominently in every AS5 guide and pdf on the website.

I still use AS5 myself as literally the ONLY negative to the stuff is the break in period.
    
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Prolimatech PK-1, Phobya HeGrease, Innovation Cooling Diamond 7, Tuniq TX-2, Arctic Cooling MX-4 or MX-2, Noctua NT-H1, or Shin Etsu X23-7783D. The Prolimatech, Phobya, and IC Diamond are the best, but the others are close. They also all outperform AS5 by several C and don't have a ridiculous 200 hour cure time. As far as I'm concerned, the only Arctic Silver product worth buying is Ceramique 2. There's no reason to spend so much on a product that performs worse than modern TIMs and has a long cure time when modern TIMs are good to go from the start and work better.
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Is it a noticeable difference in performance between my arctic silver 5 and that?

Yes, it's better by several C. The biggest difference is the lack of a cure period and the fact that it's not capacitive.
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AS5 is actually NOT electrically conductive, despite the myths to the contrary.
One would think it is b/c of the, well, silver. But its not. They write this prominently in every AS5 guide and pdf on the website.
I still use AS5 myself as literally the ONLY negative to the stuff is the break in period.

Capacitive =/= conductive.

I also would disagree that the only negative is the burn in period (which is quite long). The cost is also quite high for what you get. There are better TIMs out there without burn in periods that are cheaper, including Arctic Silver's own Ceramique 2. They charge so much for AS5 because it's institutionalized, not because it's the best.
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AS5 is actually NOT electrically conductive, despite the myths to the contrary. One would think it is b/c of the, well, silver. But its not. They write this prominently in every AS5 guide and pdf on the website.

I said capacitive, not conductive. There is a difference, and they also tell you this on their website. Have you actually read it?
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Not Electrically Conductive:
Arctic Silver 5 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
(While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.)

http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm
post #10 of 17
Ok, but I'm pretty sure you just copied exactly what I said; ie that its NOT electrically conductive. I didn't say capacitive, and I didn't even quote you. You didn't say conductive either, as you have pointed out. So why you felt the need to correct me when I wasn't even correcting you is somewhat interesting. Especially when you consider both of us were both right.

The point is that AS5 is not going to mess up your components unless you intentionally apply it to them. How you get AS5 anywhere aside from where its supposed to be is beyond my capabilities of explanation. Plus if youre doing that, you'd probably mess up another thermal paste also. If you have these problems though I dont think you should be building PCs....
    
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