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I'm gonna change CPU soon, and was wondering if i should change thermal paste (type) in the process.

I got some Noctua H1 still (came with the cooler) but is this really the best to go with my Noctua NH-D14?

How does MX-4, AS5 etc. compare to H1?
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AS5 is old news, isn't worth buying anymore. There was a huge benchmark a while ago and one of the top 3 was Shinetsu which is personally the stuff I use, it's a bit pricey but it's awesome and cures really quick

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080&Tpk=shinetsu
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Tuniq TX-4
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MX4

But if you want the best of the best: http://www.coollaboratory.com/en/products/liquid-pro/
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Tabinhu View Post

But if you want the best of the best: http://www.coollaboratory.com/en/products/liquid-pro/
Agreed.
Some people are reporting good results with Indigo Xtreme, but I personally wouldn't recommend it.
post #6 of 26
NT-H1 is still a great TIM. There's no real reason to spend money on new TIM unless you're trying to eke out one more degree C.

If you want the absolute best, it's MainGear Epic T1000/Indigo Xtreme, but it's expensive and not a traditional paste style TIM.

if you want the best paste style TIM, the testing at SkineeLabs has put Phobya HeGrease and Prolimatech PK-1 as the best two TIMs on the market. Innovation Cooling Diamond 7 also tends to get top marks. All three of those can be had for cheap.
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post #7 of 26
Indigo is also really hard to get right the first time so you have to be very careful or you just wasted a lot of money.

Here's an 80 way benchmark of 80 thermal pastes, with the shinetsu I mentioned being at the top. So instead of just telling you it's awesome, here's proof.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=1

They didn't include Indigo however but, it goes without saying it's the best.
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post #8 of 26
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Indigo is also really hard to get right the first time so you have to be very careful or you just wasted a lot of money.

Here's an 80 way benchmark of 80 thermal pastes, with the shinetsu I mentioned being at the top. So instead of just telling you it's awesome, here's proof.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=1

They didn't include Indigo however but, it goes without saying it's the best.

And SkinneeLabs puts HeGrease and PK-1 ahead.

Once you get to the high end TIMs, it's really hard to put one as the absolute best out there since minor variations like mount, ambient temp, age of TIM, batch of TIM, CPU used, heatsink used, etc. can all make tiny little differences that put one ahead of the other.

OP still has some NT-H1, I'd stick with that. Any difference seen will be minor.
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post #9 of 26
MX-4 OR Thermalright ChillfactorIII. Both are wins. AS5 is dated.

There are a million websites out there testing a million diff things, with a million dif results, but from my research, these to are among the best ones when it comes to price/performance and overall performance.
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And SkinneeLabs puts HeGrease and PK-1 ahead.

Once you get to the high end TIMs, it's really hard to put one as the absolute best out there since minor variations like mount, ambient temp, age of TIM, batch of TIM, CPU used, heatsink used, etc. can all make tiny little differences that put one ahead of the other.

OP still has some NT-H1, I'd stick with that. Any difference seen will be minor.

This this and this. IF you look at the top rated on the link I gave, they all operate within like what..1C of each other? I'm using the K2 stuff that came with my XSPC kit since I ran out of shinetsu but it seems to be doing a good job.
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