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post #1 of 22
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Hi there!
I wanted to know which one of the thermal compounds below is the best:
  • Noctua NT-H1
  • Zalman Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG1
  • Arctic Cooling MX-2
  • Arctic Cooling MX-3
  • Arctic Cooling MX-4
  • Arctic Silver 5

Thank you smile.gif
post #2 of 22
Are you restricted to just those posted? Anyway:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermal-Compound-Roundup-March-2011/1207/5

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=12
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post #3 of 22
  • Noctua NT-H1
  • Arctic Cooling MX-4
  • Prolimatech PK-1
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post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
My doubts are:
  • Zalman ZM-STG1
  • Arctic Cooling MX-4
  • Arctic Silver 5

What do you say?
post #5 of 22
From your list I would probably choose Arctic Silver 5 or Noctua NT-H1, depending on the heatsink. Honestly though, I've used most brands and the temp differences between them have never been clear enough for me to confidently say one or the other, aside from liquid metal (and even then it's not enormous).
Edited by Otterclock - 3/29/13 at 12:16pm
    
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post #6 of 22
Favorite TIM is like mothers. Most of us have one. wink.gif

Like Otterclock said, most of the name brands are so close you will have a very hard time proving one is better than another... aside from liquid mental ones.
post #7 of 22
i only tried the AS5 and MX-4... still have a tube of that in my drawer ready for my new built.. it's a fine TIM smile.gif
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post #8 of 22
I prefer as5 or shin etsu x23 just because they are both extremely easy to work with. Any of the name brands are good anymore, pk1, mx4, tx-3,nht1, gelid pro, and the likes will all provide you with very similar temps. There are people who swear by one or another but in all the reviews ive read and experience ive had unless its liquid metal style the temp difference is moot. Theres a review on here that used cheese whiz, mayonaise and a couple other household items. Pretty cool how well they did lol.
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post #9 of 22
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I'll get the AS5, thank you so much guys.
post #10 of 22
Following up on what Hatfieco said - I use AS5 on all my thinkpads for the simple reason that it's that easy to work with. I occasionaly use another brand for desktops.
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