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What is the best thermal paste for water cooled GPUs?

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Title says it all. What TIM do people recommend for GPU cores with a waterblock? I currently have some Artic Silver 5 laying around but I've heard that while it's pretty good for CPUs, it's not recommendable for GPUs. I'm interested in Coolabratory's liquid metal TIM, but is that safe for GPU dies and a copper water block? What other pastes should I consider?
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Don't have much experience but avoid MX2 for GPU, MX4 better still not ideal. Cool Labs is great for GPUs and copper water block. (Just don't use CLU on air because most GPU heat sinks are alu which will crumble...)
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I would recommend Gelid GC Extreme for use with GPU waterblocks, its pretty damn good, and not too runny or hard to work with (also if you have or intend to buy EK blocks for your GPU/s, then they come with little tubes of GC Extreme already).
    
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For the GPU, you want a TIM that is not electrically conductive, unless you want to live dangerously. A product like Arctic Silver's Ceramique 2 is a good choice. It is not conductive and is a good performing TIM. Arctic Cooling's MX-2 and MX-4 are both non-conductive and good performers. These can also be used on the CPU as well with good results.

Though I can't seem to locate it, I believe there is a review here on the forums somewhere. I could be mistaken, but here are some I found over time.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermal-Compound-Roundup-January-2012/1468

http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=62 < a bit older

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/geek_tested_17_thermal_pastes_face

This is some of what I was able to find when I was researching thermal interface materials. None of them are a be-all end-all of TIM performance as some may not be included in one test or another, or the same TIM may end up performing better or less than another set of tests. Look for consistent performance over multiple tests.

Good Luck!
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