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***WARNING DO NOT USE WITH ALUMINIUM HS***

Ok now that thats out of the way. I'm going to be showing you how I applied coollabs liquid pro to my processor.

Here is the packaging you should get it... a syringe



It is also advised, but not necessary, to lap your CPU to a mirror finish. Coollabs likes perfectly flat surfaces, so the flatter the better. It's worth the effort, trust me.



Here is a close up without the cap on... *yikes* be very careful with this stuff, you don't want to accidentally jab yourself with the syringe and have liquid metal running through your bloodstream



You'll also need a paintbrush to spread it out (it is a liquid remember) I just got a cheap small tipped paint brush and cut the bristles half way down so that they where flat, this also helps to stop the bristles flicking when you brush off the edge of the CPU which can cause the liquid pro to splash off the brush. You don't want drops of this stuff splashing on your mainboard



Here is the amount I applied, and this was WAY more than I needed. You only get 1 gram of this stuff when you buy it, but that amount will do the same number of applications that a 3.5g syringe of AS5 will do.



You now need to spread it out with the paint brush. It is a little thicker than water but not as pasty as AS5. The metal balls don't like to stick to the brush so you'll have to work at the stuff to spread it out



After you have covered the liquid pro over the surface of the chip, brush all the excess together in the middle.



You can now use the syringe to suck up the excess liquid. This is easy said than done as you will get quiet a few air bubbles in the syringe. You'll find yourself holding the syringe up and flicking it to bring the air bubbles to the top and remove them.



Here is the finished article. The last few excess drops where too hard to suck up so I just cleaned the brush and wiped over the surface, then repeated. I found after a few times doing this the brush had removed the excess liquid.



... and here is the chip in the system, ready to have my Tuniq placed on top of it.



As regards temp differences its too early to tell. But I was idling at around 45'c with my zalman 9500 and AS5, i'm now at 32'c with my lapped Tuniq and liquid pro. Its pretty much matching whatever my ambient temp in the case is.

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its kinda funny, I used that stuff and it worked good, but try getting it off.... You can't it works its way into the metal, and the only way to remove it is to lap everything again, not worth it IMO.
    
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post #3 of 19
You couldn't do an apples-to-apples comparison? There are too many variables with:
Zalman + AS5 vs Tuniq + lappings + Liquid Pro

For better comparison, would you be able to do a:
Tuniq + lappings + AS5 vs Tuniq + lappings + Liquid Pro
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Oddly enough, it now looks like an unlapped IHS

Interesting read though! Good guide
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Its not really a comparison guide, as there are plenty of those out there. Its more a guide on how to apply the stuff (see title) I agree there are a lot of variables, but what i'm recommending is that to get the best air cooling atm, get a lapped cpu IHS, HS and use liquid pro as the TIM. Simple as!

... oh and atomicfission92, thanks for mentioning that it reminded me. He's right, it does work itself into the metal, but only slightly, it's what you'd want anyway for the best possible contact between the IHS and HS. I found it was easily removed by rubbing with brasso and a lintfree cloth twice. It embeds itself on a microscopic level, which is why a very fine abrasive like brasso can easily remove it.

Here is a comparison chart anyway on its thermal efficiency:

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Originally Posted by leimrod View Post
... oh and atomicfission92, thanks for mentioning that it reminded me. He's right, it does work itself into the metal, but only slightly, it's what you'd want anyway for the best possible contact between the IHS and HS. I found it was easily removed by rubbing with brasso and a lintfree cloth twice. It embeds itself on a microscopic level, which is why a very fine abrasive like brasso can easily remove it.
Trust me, after about a month or 2 of it being used, and the constant heat loads and what not. It works its way deep into the metal. And I tried to steel wool/ polish, to get it off, no go, it actually like dried its self into the metal. Im not knocking it, as I did see like a 1-2C drop. but for the hassle its not worth it IMO.
    
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What is this stuff?? I've never seen it before. Looks like a pretty intense application. Do you turn into Wolverine if you inject yourself with that stuff?
    
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What is this stuff?? I've never seen it before. Looks like a pretty intense application. Do you turn into Wolverine if you inject yourself with that stuff?
Naw, you just die.
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Trust me, after about a month or 2 of it being used, and the constant heat loads and what not. It works its way deep into the metal. And I tried to steel wool/ polish, to get it off, no go, it actually like dried its self into the metal.
It bonded to my CPU IHS & Apogee. Straight bonded. Not kinda on there, just rub harder and it will come of...no BONDED. It made a huge difference for me. It shaved off about 4C, but it is also very messy and a pain to apply. Do not get this on your carpet!
    
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Lol Sideburns you always make me laugh

I was going to get some of this stuff, but in some other review people did explain what kind of compound it is and I looked up some info and compared it to the thermal disipation of what AS5 is supposed to be and there wasn't that much of a difference, but if your sure you have a good cooling system and want to keep it for a while, I'd go for this stuff...

Otherwise stick with AS5 or Arctic Cooling MX-1

This guide makes me want to Lap my IHS and HSF and I just put on my heatsink a week ago and it's running a little hot, but I think I should add more than one 120mm fan before I start complaining about high temps
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