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I used to buy shin-etsu G-751 TIM and I have ran out.

Is this still really good TIM for the price or are there better TIMs now?

The last time I purchased the shin-etsu G-751, I got 4x of them for $16.25 from Amazon.com.

I really only want to buy a quantity of 2 or equivalent amount in a better TIM.

I want to buy at least the equivalent of 2x shin-etsu G-751, which I think are 0.3 grams per tube.

Looking for a TIM with a short curing time or none at all.

Thanks!
   
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I haven't seen any new, earth shattering TIM released in the last couple of years, so there still isn't a massive difference from good to great compounds.

AS5 is still available, but isn't even near the best any more. Plus, it has a curing time.
IC Diamond works well, and is what I use almost all of the time. No curing time at all. It's very thick though.
Shin-Etsu x23 is good, but horribly expensive at $7-10 for a single gram.
Coollaboratory liquid metal performs great, but it's a pain to apply, a pain to remove, and will destroy aluminum.

Indigo Xtreme works amazingly well, but it's expensive, and the process for installing it is utterly terrifying (though hearing the bismuth alloy scream when it melts is interesting). If lowered temps 6-10 degrees for me over every other material I tried. Cleanup is easy too. It just peels off for the most part and any residue can be removed with the edge of a credit card. However, when I upgraded from x58 to x79 I went back to IC Diamond.
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post #3 of 13
TIM doesn't make all that much of a difference, as long you don't use something retarded as chocolate. I like Arctic Silver 5, using it ATM. I don't OC all that high though.

tl;dr just get that TIM. It's high quality and more than sufficient.
 
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post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by KorbenD View Post

However, when I upgraded from x58 to x79 I went back to IC Diamond.

Will the IC Diamond work good with my i5-2500k with a watercooled block(H50 for now)? Is it better than AS5 or Shin-Etsu G-751? Which is better for IC Diamond...the 24 carat or 7 carat? Or is it the same TIM and just labeled 24 carat for the 4.8 gram tube and 7 carat for the 1.5 gram tube?

Does the IC Diamond TIM have to cure and how thick is it? Was wondering about how hard it is to spread evenly. Normally I apply a rice sized amount of TIM or maybe just a bit more, then I install my heatsink without completely tightening it down and give it about a 20-45 degree turn in both directions to spread it. After that, the heat from the CPU thins out the TIM and it usually spreads good enough on its own when it heats up.
   
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post #5 of 13
It should work fine for water cooling.

Cure time is pretty much nonexistent. Temps stayed the same after about ten minutes after application.

It's the same stuff in both tubes, just different sizes. I use the grain of rice type application and it works without any problems.
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I went ahead and ordered the IC Diamond 1.5 gram tube of TIM. I've always used G-751 in the past so I hope it performs as well or better than that. Thanks!
   
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post #7 of 13
IC Diamond is a bit old and hard to remove, isn't it?

Arctic Cooling MX-2 is the go-to TIM I believe, PK1 is good as well, and Indigo Extreme is in a whole new category because it's a liquid metal.

This review is a bit old, but quite good. G751 is in there.

http://skinneelabs.com/thermal-paste/2011-2012-thermal-paste-review/
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I've had very good results with Gelid GC-Extreme, its not too messy (stuffs pretty thick) and its non-conductive, and performs extremely well, but not quite as good as Indigo Extreme (I haven't used that since X58, still have one application of it sitting round doing nothing..) Also CLP is a PITA to apply and clean off, and it eats aluminum like nothing I've ever seen, I only got it to use with my old delidded 3570K (still have a whole heap of it left).
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IC Diamond is a bit old and hard to remove, isn't it?

IMO, no.

It's much easier than AS5 to remove. It just wipes off and polishes the hell out of what it was on. I've never had a problem with it drying out like some other thermal compounds do. After well over a year on a GTX 480 card running 24/7, it was still the same consistency when it was applied.

I actually use it as a polishing rouge to buff the mating surfaces of AR-15 triggers on rifles I build. smile.gif

And Indigo Xtreme isn't really liquid metal. It has a melting point around 100C, which is why you have to follow those crazy instructions to install it. Once it flows out, it resolidifies and should never melt again unless something goes *very* wrong with your system. I use the massive HR-02 heatsink, and the CPU wouldn't reach 100C even with no fans in the case at all. Convection through the heatsink was enough to keep it below that. I eventually had to cover the sink with a towel for it to get hot enough to melt the compound.

Avoid the Antec "diamond" TIM though. It's crap. I bought a tube in the hopes of saving money over the IC product. It didn't even perform as well as AS5 for me.
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I always used AS5 then last time moved to MX4, I think it's better but nothing you'd notice unless you're just doing things wrong. Spending more for something that has a fanzy name is just that.
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