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post #41 of 71
These are my current (today) results using Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut, blob method. It appears that the blob was too big so after a couple of weeks, when I'll mount the same system, open-air, with my NH-D15S, I'll make it even smaller.

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System fully shown in the screenshot. Per-Core OC: x50 x50 x49 x48.
Corsair H110, mounted front intake. Besides the two CPU fans, no other chassis fans are used in the system.


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I've been using NT-H1 since 3-4 years ago and i can still recommend it! biggrin.gif
Also, no love for CM mastergel maker nano? tongue.gif Is it because not enough people have used it yet or because it's just bad?

The name is too absurd. tongue.gif
post #43 of 71
Have both the Kryonaut and GC-Extreme on hand right now. The Kryonaut does take more effort to spread, but it's not till the point of being a "hassle".

That said, since I don't spread TIM anymore (I only ever did it ONCE), using the "X" application method does mean that both the Kryonaut and GC-Extreme spreads out the same way at the end of the day. Difference in temps? Well, it's about 2c with the Kryonaut being the better performing paste.

Bottom line; choosing TIM now a days are like choosing tennis balls. The difference are so subtle it doesn't actually matter at all for normal usage.
post #44 of 71
I really like Prolimatech PK-3 Nano, for what it's worth.

I got a HUGE 30g tube of it for around $35, it's non conductive, it has no cure time, it's not silicone (it's aluminum), and it cools well. I've done plenty of applications and still have the majority of the tube. Give it a try.
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IC diamond works very well.
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IC diamond works very well.

IC7 Diamond is quite good but a little bit expensive. I used it for a while and it's performance is great, it's just more costly.

It also doesn't spread very well.
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Expensive compared to what? It's $8-9 at Newegg.
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post #48 of 71
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Expensive compared to what? It's $8-9 at Newegg.

Note the amount you get for that price, 1.5g. You can get mx-4 which is also a carbon based thermal paste like ic diamond for 3-4 dollars less and get 4g and the same performance...while also not having to deal with the issue of how how hard ic diamond spreads. IC diamond also tends to be incredibly sticky when removing if I remember right, taking CPUs with it sometimes.
Edited by saintruski - 10/13/16 at 2:35am
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Note the amount you get for that price, 1.5g. You can get mx-4 which is also a carbon based thermal paste like ic diamond for 3-4 dollars less and get 4g and the same performance...while also not having to deal with the issue of how how hard ic diamond spreads. IC diamond also tends to be incredibly sticky when removing if I remember right, taking CPUs with it sometimes.

Rep+

Like I said, it's expensive.

IC7 doesn't spread well at all, requiring you to use more of it. It's hard to remove, and very often your heatsink will become glued to the CPU. It also has a nasty habit of darkening/discoloring the integrated heat spreader (IHS). I've even heard that it can seep through the IHS onto the CPU die itself and kill your CPU, although this was just a rumor (look it up). Apparently the CEO of the company that makes it was under fire for lying and denying that the thermal paste could corrode the IHS and ruin the CPU.

You'd be much better off with PK-3 or MX-4, or any number of other thermal pastes.

For the best cooling performance, you need something like Coolabratory Liquid Ultra (liquid metal) or any of the similar solutions. However, these are expensive and are a one time application, so if you're changing CPUs or coolers often it just isn't an option. Still, this stuff works great although afaik the application method is weird and easy to mess up...

For more comparison of thermal pastes (done in 2015) see this link here, note that the PK-3 Nano I recommended is near the very top, outperforming both IC7 Nano Diamond and MX-4. Again, Liquid Ultra and Liquid Pro are the best on the market, followed by GC-Extreme.

One more word of advice: avoid Shin Etsu anything like the plague. Some people really love this stuff and recommend it but in my experience it's total garbage. Expensive and cools poorly. I used the Shin Etsu G751 and saw 10C higher load temperatures compared to cured Arctic Silver (which isn't very good anymore). I also paid nearly $15 for a 1.5g syringe of it. What a waste. I'll never buy anything Shin Etsu again: it's just cheap, poor performing silicone paste that spreads poorly. Good luck with this stuff. If you use it I feel bad for your CPU and cooler.

Arctic Silver 5 is 2003's thermal paste. Who really uses this stuff in 2016? It's conductive. It's messy. It discolors your IHS too. It's hard to clean up. It takes a week or more to start working well. It's also fairly expensive, especially if you get it at Radio Shack or something (where it's the only TIM they carry). There's my thoughts on that. Please don't use this stuff anymore.

That 30g tube of PK-3 Nano is looking better and better. Hopefully.

Hope this helps.
Edited by neurotix - 10/13/16 at 3:02am
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Thanks for all the inputs so far guys. Down to 3 choices based on comments: Grizzly, Gelid or NT-H1.

Grizzly is over hyped and overpriced, I found Gelid was slighter lower temps but Grizzly has higher temps but with them being closer together (both terrible & annoying to apply)

my new favorite is Coolermaster Mastergel Nano.. its better than both Grizzly and Gelid and it is 10x better to apply its a breeze.. surprised you didn't see my thread

also it can be bought in the UK, I bought mine from box.co.uk but im sure its easy to buy even amazon sell it

http://www.overclock.net/t/1613200/my-new-favorite-thermal-paste-coolermaster-mastergel-nano#post_25578608
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