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I just got a IC diamond at a computer shop for my i5 4670k I was wondering if its a good compound for overclocking?

How should I put my thermal compound do I just put pea size and then put my cooler and then screw the cooler to my motherboard?

How do I know when to put another compound? sSomebody say ever 12months also do you know when to put another compound if ur CPU intends to get hot?

How do I remove my compound ? Can I just readd it without whipping the compound off my cooler?
post #2 of 7
there you go-

http://www.innovationcooling.com/applicationinstructions.htm
post #3 of 7
you have to clean it off when you change it otherwise it defeats the purpose because the whole reason ypou are doing it is because the stuff you put on 12months earlier has become ineffective. if anything it would start to insulkate heat inside the cpu

I would have avoided that paste and gotten gc extreme or a prolimatech pk-#

remove with a lint free cloth and electronics grade isopryl alcohol . Arcticlean or indego thermal compound remover.

to apply get a makeup mixer spatula and apply a thin even layer across the cpu. God thermal pastes come with one.. the one I got with the gelid is even branded


some of thethrmal pastes are adhesive or corrosive dependingon what metal they are contacting so make sure to read up on whatever you get.
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IC Diamond is an excellent TIM for use with chips with IHSs.

If you plan to delid your cpu, or use it on your gpu or other naked dies, please use a less abrasive TIM (such as MX-4). Also, if you plan to frequently reapply your TIM, IC Diamond's abrasive properties will eventually wear away the text on your IHS and make it harder to resell or get a warranty claim if it dies.

To apply IC Diamond, you should put a small spot in the center of your IHS ("about the size of a grain of rice" is a common rule of thumb, but it's generally best to do a test application and remove it to see how well it spreads the first time you use any new TIM so you can adjust for the actual applications in the future) and then directly mount your CPU cooler. The pressure from the cooler will force it to spread in all directions without allowing any air bubbles to form in the process.

Because IC Diamond is an extremely thick TIM, you may want to soften it before use be puttin the syringe into a cup of hot water for a few min before applying. It will allow it to come out of the tube easier, etc. Personally I've never had issues using it "cold", but others have complained.




As for cleaning your cpu, you want to use isopropyl alcohol. There is absolutly no need to use the incredibly overpriced "cpu TIM cleaner" solutions, which are just higher concentrations of isopropyl. 91% from your local super market will work just as well and costs 1/5 as much for 5 times the quantity.

There is also no need to ruin a perfectly good microfiber cloth, as lint free coffee filters will do just fine. In a pinch you can also use cotton swabs, cotton balls, or even paper towels as long as you're careful.




As for reapplying, every TIM has a different life expectancy. Generally speaking, runnier ones need to be reapplied more frequently. Older formulas also need to be reapplied frequently. Older runny formulas (like the ever popular AS5) need to be reapplied constantly. Sometimes (mostly older formulas, again AS5 is a poster child for this) TIMs also require a "curing time" after you apply them before they actually work well.



IC Diamond is both new and thick, and it also happens to be exceptionally stable. You can leave it on for several years with no degradation in performance. It has absolutely no cure time, so it's good to go from day one, and extreme temps will pretty much never bother it. If you want to mount once and use it for several years in a row, you can't really do much better. So don't worry too much about it.

That said, when it DOES come time to clean it for whatever reason, it is probably the hardest stuff I've ever had to remove. The same method works, it just takes forever and smells awful.



Hope all that helps.
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you have to clean it off when you change it otherwise it defeats the purpose because the whole reason ypou are doing it is because the stuff you put on 12months earlier has become ineffective. if anything it would start to insulkate heat inside the cpu

I would have avoided that paste and gotten gc extreme or a prolimatech pk-#

remove with a lint free cloth and electronics grade isopryl alcohol . Arcticlean or indego thermal compound remover.

to apply get a makeup mixer spatula and apply a thin even layer across the cpu. God thermal pastes come with one.. the one I got with the gelid is even branded


some of thethrmal pastes are adhesive or corrosive dependingon what metal they are contacting so make sure to read up on whatever you get.

That application may work fine your your runny low viscosity TIMs that everyone seem to be so fond of these days, but with a thicker TIM like IC Diamond or AS Ceramique, it will just just result in lots of air bubbles and also excessive TIM use in certain areas. You'll end up using more product, getting worse temps, AND making it harder to clean later.
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I was just going on my experience with the pk-3 I stated, I never claimed to know anything about his TIM, just that I'd check on everything degradation

pk-3 is NOT runny
why do I feel like you are trying to take a shot at me?

I chose this TIM for my specific needs and by thermal data.GC extreme for cpu because it destroys everything else in heat transfer according to the graph from an experiment created by another member maybe people wouldn't buy them if they didn't perform so well


Its made to fill in gaps etc I have cooler with tubes for my gpu creating a gap between each tube. this fills in crease and has low thermal impedence, high conductivity.
I like my TIM and have no issues with it. and it cleans easy.
If I didn't need it for what I do i would have gotten pk-2 and probably used a lot less
Only reason I said lint free cloth is cuz i am painting my keyboard and have a vendetta against lint at the moment. And regular isopril 70 has water in it which is bad for computer components.. 91%is fine probably

Anyways I will give info to the best of my experience
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I was just going on my experience with the pk-3 I stated, I never claimed to know anything about his TIM, just that I'd check on everything degradation

pk-3 is NOT runny
why do I feel like you are trying to take a shot at me?

I chose this TIM for my specific needs and by thermal data.GC extreme for cpu because it destroys everything else in heat transfer according to the graph from an experiment created by another member maybe people wouldn't buy them if they didn't perform so well


Its made to fill in gaps etc I have cooler with tubes for my gpu creating a gap between each tube. this fills in crease and has low thermal impedence, high conductivity.
I like my TIM and have no issues with it. and it cleans easy.
If I didn't need it for what I do i would have gotten pk-2 and probably used a lot less
Only reason I said lint free cloth is cuz i am painting my keyboard and have a vendetta against lint at the moment. And regular isopril 70 has water in it which is bad for computer components.. 91%is fine probably

Anyways I will give info to the best of my experience
I don't know why you feel the need to defend your choice of paste. It's fine paste. It's also irrelevant to the OP's questions regarding IC Diamond.

Oh, and it is indeed a runny paste. Pick up some AC Ceramique, IC Diamond, etc and you'll understand.
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"Ms that everyone seem to be so fond of these days" seems like theres somesortof negative inflection on my choiceof paste. On top of nearluy going out of your way to dispute allmy advice basically saying all my advice was crap
I dunno I am probably imagining it I am freaking hot and stressed

I have messed with some nasty industrial thermal pastes and pk-3 wasn't very runny. what's the termi need to copy to get a proper guide of reference. but this shouldn't be runny or atleast it's the least runny of the prolimatechs
Specific gravity? It's 2.7g/cm^3

I messed with some stuff in a yellow toothpaste tube that was ridiculous to spread.
Edited by tatmMRKIV - 8/29/13 at 6:32pm
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