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I will be creating a RVZ02 Mini ITX and be using the NHL9i cpu cooler i am wondering about a good Thermal Compound. I am here in the US so Newegg and PPC are both good places i can shop.
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MX-4 is my recommendation, it performs well, spreads nicely and is easy to clean off.
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With MX4 is the Pea method fine to use.

For either i5 6600K or i7 6700 non k
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With MX4 is the Pea method fine to use.
Sure, it would work great.
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Thank you +1 for help
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Thank you +1 for help
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The NT-H1 that came in the box is as good as MX-4. It is one of the best around. Changing it is a waste of money.
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^This. NT-H1 is good stuff. Why would they include it if it wasn't..

You can think of tomshardware what you want but they've done good testing. "Better" than MX-4, or should I say, just as good.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-performance-benchmark,3616-18.html
NT-H1 isn't included in this but the story is the same.
https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Thermal-Paste-Roundup-172/

There's differences between thermal pastes but the differences are so small it makes no sense to buy something else instead of using the stuff that comes with it..
And there's better things to worry about in water/air cooling than what TIM to use. Like for example, I don't know, the actual air flow inside the case. Or proper mount between cooler and the component being cooled.
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I'm using the Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, seems to be a tad better compared to noctua's paste.

That said, spending more on thermal paste results in diminishing returns.
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I'm using the Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, seems to be a tad better compared to noctua's paste.

That said, spending more on thermal paste results in diminishing returns.

On an NH-L9i the temp difference might be a quarter of a degree.....not really worth spending any money for that.
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