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I have some extra Artic MX2 laying around and wanted to know if it would be decent for replacing the stock TIM on my xfx radeon hd 6870?
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any popular aftermarket TIM will be at the minimum on par with stock. more likely it will be a few degrees better.
    
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I just in the last few mins decided to replace the TIM on my 6870. I had lost my little tube of AS5 or maybe one of my husky's ate it which wouldn't surprise me, so I hunted around and found an old tube of Antec formula 5 which is literally 4+ years old and used that. Straight away a 4 degree drop on idle (now 43C my room temp is about 28C). Under load is where I was most impressed, I usually use "Kombuster" or "rthdribl" to test my GPU temps and both give a reading of around 80 - 84C. Now I am getting no higher than 70-72C!

This is not really due to the Antec TIM itself, but more importantly and quite annoyingly the original TIM was only covering 2/3rds of the core, so glad I did it now. So if your temps are abnormally high then I would say its either bad alignment of the heatsink, or incorrectly applied stock TIM.
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Originally Posted by Branjo View Post

I just in the last few mins decided to replace the TIM on my 6870. I had lost my little tube of AS5 or maybe one of my husky's ate it which wouldn't surprise me, so I hunted around and found an old tube of Antec formula 5 which is literally 4+ years old and used that. Straight away a 4 degree drop on idle (now 43C my room temp is about 28C). Under load is where I was most impressed, I usually use "Kombuster" or "rthdribl" to test my GPU temps and both give a reading of around 80 - 84C. Now I am getting no higher than 70-72C!

This is not really due to the Antec TIM itself, but more importantly and quite annoyingly the original TIM was only covering 2/3rds of the core, so glad I did it now. So if your temps are abnormally high then I would say its either bad alignment of the heatsink, or incorrectly applied stock TIM.

your husky did you a favor. don't use as-5 for the gpu.

op, mx-2 is safe and just as good if not better than the original tim used by manufacturers. that's what i use for all my cpus and gpus. my 7970's core temp does not go over 55 at load. waterblock and mx-2.thumb.gif
Edited by rdr09 - 7/15/13 at 5:13pm
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your husky did you a favor. don't use as-5 for the gpu.

Good to know, but whats the reason, is it corrosive to it?
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Well just for curiosity I cleaned off the Antec TIM and used OCZ freeze, temps dropped another couple of degrees, I'm not complaining, no sir!
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Good to know, but whats the reason, is it corrosive to it?
GPU dies are exposed, and AS-5 has silver in it. Those two things are bad when you put them together. You never want to put a conductive paste (Anything with silver, or most other metals) on it, otherwise you'll most likely short it.
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I tried AS5 with 7950 but it didn't perform well. Swapped to Gelid GC-extreme and it is much better.
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All I use is mx2... Love the stuff. Perfect for gpu's. It has a great viscosity.

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