Originally Posted by GuardianOdin
200 hours is an ample amount of burn in time. I see a lot of people using AS5 and complaining it doesn't work well. Those would be the same people that do not let it cure.
I'll normally reset the heat sink and then just let my rig fold for week 1/2 to 2 weeks. Then I'll start running my stress tests and benches. That way it has a constant load that isn't to much, but just enough. That's just my 2 cents though
Originally Posted by blitz6804
It depends what TIM you are using. Arctic Silver 5 needs 200 hours. Other compounds (Shin Etsu for example) require none.
Well I did some reading about TIM's last night and I think Im going to try that OCZ freeze which requires no cure time. And it did better than AS5. And for someone like me who's constantly changing cpus' or coolers between boards, or having to pull the cooler the get at the RAM, AS5 is ok, but not ideal.
the review I read, I read a few others, while AS5 is a very good TIM if you put your rig together and leave it that way. But I think the 200 hour cure time is excessive. Not to mention you actually have to heat cycle it several times, allowing it to cool to room temperature, figure it could take 2 weeks or more to get it cycled properly. I dunno about you guys, but Ive got better things to do with my free time than heat cycle my CPU to get the TIM to cure properly.
And what if you fold? You'll put your rig together, get it going for how ever long with out shutting it off. You'd in essence never actually heat cycle it. So would it not cure properly at that point? It seems like its more trouble than its worth when you could get a TIM that works better right out of the box.
As I was writing this I ran across a couple of other reviews and it seems that the Tuniq TX2 does better than AS5. Ill have to do a little more research as for cure time on that.
I might just order a tube of each and do my own benchmark. Using 3 different coolers Stock, my Lapped BT and the Thermalright xp120. Edited by BlackOmega - 1/8/09 at 10:51am