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post #21 of 141
It's really hard to say. In some reviews pk 3 comes out best and in some others ic diamond, liquid ultra or phobya hegrease. Any of these will do well for you.
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Ok, my first post. Hi fellow overclockers. I just switched my 3770 finally for a 3770k, I'm going to remove the IHS with a razor and I'm going to polish both sides of the heatspreader with a lapping kit. I purchased CoolLaboratory Liquid Ultra - Liquid Metal Thermal Paste

I'm going to upload a video of it, I do gaming videos of myself playing using a razer hydra motion controller. Something I looooooooove. Watch my videos on youtube at shamanik1320. lol

Anyways, I guess since my cooler master 212 + evo is aluminum so I can't use that but soon im going to get a corsair h100i closed loop water cooler. Will the liquid metal ultra be safe on the h100i, is the waterblock all steel? Also is the liquid ultra safe to apply straight to the cpu dye under the ihs? Someone said it must be non-conductive, but the liquid ultra lists it is 100% metal. I'd hate to ruin a 320 dollar cpu. I have the liquid ultra, arctic silver 5, and a generic cooler master grease at my disposal. What's my best course of action?
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If price is no object then you should consider Graphene.
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It contains gallium ... that stuff wrecks aluminium heatsinks and i'm pretty sure IHSs are made of aluminium which you WILL kill your IHS that way and eventually your processor

And not all metals are conductive. Like anodized aluminium
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post #25 of 141
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It contains gallium ... that stuff wrecks aluminium heatsinks and i'm pretty sure IHSs are made of aluminium which you WILL kill your IHS that way and eventually your processor

And not all metals are conductive. Like anodized aluminium

The IHS is not aluminum. It is nickel plated, not sure of the base metal but it's not aluminum. Many here have lapped their IHSs and used Liquid Ultra to no ill effect so it can't be aluminum. It's possibly brass but I am not sure. But it is nickel plated. I do believe the Intel stock coolers are aluminum (they are crap too, never bothered to look at any of mine and just threw them away (oops, recycled, for those politically correct out there) so yea using Liquid Ultra/Pro with that would be a big mistake (and crazy btw).

I've been a Ceramique fan for ages, and also like Alumina, but time and science march on. Never warmed up to AS4 or 5, too thick to use the pea method and get a good spread, and I am not one for having to spackle on TIM. Didn't see improvement over Ceramique anyway.

Shin-Etsu makes some fine TIM. In applications where there may be aluminum on the cooler they would be a good choice. For copper, Liquid Ultra rules. It's a ***** to remove, but easier than Pro, and is IMO the best choice on a delidded 3770k.

There are several rather good thermal paste shoot-outs on the net, with a number of stand-out performers that came in within 1 or 2c of each other. Pick your poison, being careful not to use the gallium stuff on aluminum, or the diamond stuff on a bare die (I would not risk scratching up the die surface) and be happy.
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post #26 of 141
I still use AS5, but like others have stated all the top compounds are within 1-3 cel of each other with AS5 still one of the top performers.
post #27 of 141
Sorry about the IHS c0ckup tongue.gif but i'm pretty sure a heatsink like a Deepcool Neptwin is plated but we aren't sure what it's made of ... is it safe? (And no, i won't waste money on liquid pro)
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post #28 of 141
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Best TIM is Indigo Extreme.
There's no real discussion to be had on the matter because it is the best TIM end of story.
As far as other 'normal' tims go, there's a very minimal difference mostly so unless those 3°c bother you any TIM should do.
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post #29 of 141
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IC Diamond is really good...It used to be Acrylic Silver...but I think IC Diamond is more of the standard now..

I second this. I use IC Diamond too. Its thick but does the job and does it really well! There's no cure time like AS5 either.
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Check out Vapors old work, I like this one:
TIMModerateAvg5.png

Although, I couldn't duplicate the result on my 2600K. I tried the HEgrease and my MX-2 did a bit better. Obviously does have a lot to do with spread method and processor type and batch. I've seen significant differences between two batches of MX-2 myself.

But, bottom line the best TIM testing I've seen, the guy spent over 6 months testing GOOP..it burned him out to no return, haven't seen him since..sad-smiley-002.gif
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