Originally Posted by KraxKill
Hmmm...maybe I should ask you to post some proof of only 1C-3C difference since you're the one questioning my claim with no supporting results.
I agree with you that it would be best that everybody posts evidence. But it would've only made sense if you went first.
Along with my posts earlier in this thread, there are plenty of user posts above also running AIOs and more elaborate custom loops in the 45C range which you could use to do some deductive reasoning.
I'm sitting at 28C to 35C with 20-24C ambients on a hack-jobbed NZXT AIO setup. Those low temps are worth 2-3 extra Boost 3.0 bins for free. With LM i'm seeing only an 8-10C delta between the ambients and the core temps on my pedestrian AIO. Not to mention that with all things equal as with any GPU or CPU it will be more stable at whichever clock you run since it's running cooler
If thats not enough for you... there are posts in this thread
..right here on Overclock reporting 10-12C drops which is about what I'm getting out of it.
Specifically there were three posts in that thread talking about specific temp drops. If I keep seeing 10C I'm going to get turned off because it seems like a rough figure everyone is tossing around for everything. One of the guys claimed 10C reduction ON IDLE WITH CPU. That's nonsense and just shows I cannot trust simply what people say. That's why I mandate verification and a standardized testing methodology for my threads. Because when I request that everybody's results miraculously go down.
10C reduction on idle with CPU is leaps and bounds different than 10C reduction on SLI GPUs under load. Perhaps the guy was talking about delidding. Or maybe between users somebody did not test correctly. I can go to Thermal Grizzly's non-metal paste review on Amazon and see people claiming 10C decrease with non-metal solutions. I was skeptical then, and I am skeptical here.
Even just saying 10C lower doesn't tell us the GPU or the load it was run on. And we have to be careful about what we're even comparing. Are we comparing stock thermal paste to liquid metal or an aftermarket one with liquid metal?
Is it 100% safe? Yes if done correctly. I've had it (have it) on my CPU, and 3 GPUs. My 4790K, my Titan X maxwell, 1080 and now the Ti without any issues.
My post got totally ignored and you're in your own way trying to answer it in a totally different conversation.
Just saying it's '100% safe if done correctly' doesn't tell us that much though. For example, are we sure that those types of liquid metal solutions only eat up aluminum?
Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut - 73 W/mk
Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra - 38.4 W/mk
Coollaboratory Liquid Pro - 32.6 W/mk
Gelid GC Extreme: 8.5 W/mk
Grizzly Kyronaut: 12.5 W/mk
ICD: 4.5 W/m
That's theory, not testing. Did you just pull specs from product page for this? At that rate we might as well figure out what the best fan is by looking at their airflow and static pressure specs.
LM thermal conductivity properties are simply unbeatable without resorting to solder.
Question isn't whether liquid metal is better, the question is how much better in practice.
Edited by Darkwizzie - 3/14/17 at 2:06pm
To me the most important question is safety. If it is I can test in a more detailed manner.