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Is it worth getting better thermal paste?

post #1 of 5
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I am rma-ing my zalman lq320 and i thought i might get better thermal paste if it is worth it

 

I also have some of the stuff from a cooler master hyper 212 evo, but i thought i might get something better.

 

is it a worthy upgrade and which one should i get if so?

 

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post #2 of 5
http://www.overclock.net/t/1373200/what-is-the-absolute-best-thermal-paste/0_30


I use the Noctua NT-H1.

There are many top Thermal Paste, they all come to a few degrees difference in performance (even decimal degrees) thumb.gif



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post #3 of 5
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where would the 2 thermal pastes land about that i was talking about?

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post #4 of 5
Most pastes are so good that there is no real difference. You get some amount of variation depending on how well your CPU gets seated so swapping out a decent paste might actually net little worse temps if you get unlucky wink.gif
    
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post #5 of 5
Just buy the cheapest, good quality TIM you can find. Of all the tops brands and types, how well you apply it and mate the cpu and heatsink would net bigger differences than the TIM components itself.

I use NTH1; had Shin-etsu G751 but that stuff is just so darn difficult to apply.
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