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Does anyone know what type of tim is shippep with the ultra120 extreme? Its white so I assume its their "Chill Factor" paste. How good is this stuff? Anyone have any experience using this and as5 under the same condidtions?
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It is from Thermalright so it shouldn't be that bad. But if you're buying the best HS money can buy then why not put AS5 on it? You don't put cheap gas in a Ferrari.
    
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Originally Posted by Transonic View Post
It is from Thermalright so it shouldn't be that bad. But if you're buying the best HS money can buy then why not put AS5 on it? You don't put cheap gas in a Ferrari.
These were my thoughts also. The only thing that made me pause is that Anandtech tested the hs with the tim provided by Thermalright.
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My own informal testing with various TIMs reveals that there's negligible differences when it comes to TIMs. In other words, the temperatures I observed during such un-scientific testing were more or less the same across the board.

Far more important than which TIM used is how it was used. Too much thermal paste always resulted in higher temperatures; too little TIM also resulted in higher temps. There is definitely a sweet spot, an optimum amount which would result in optimized thermal transfer.

The Thermalright TIM is fine. For well-lapped contact surfaces, actually, I find it easier to use than AS5. Arctic Silver 5 is famous because of its reputation. I'm not saying AS5 is bad or anything; what I'm implying, though, is that reputations go a very long way.

When in doubt, of course, run your own tests and find out which solution works best for you.

Hope this helps!
    
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