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So guys, I noticed that the Tuniq Tower comes with it's own Thermal paste. But I've noticed everybody says how using Arctic Silver, would give you lower temps than using the paste that comes with the heatsink itself? So how true is that? And if it is, by how much would Arctic Silver lower the temps?
    
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from the stock zalman to as5 I got a couple degrees cel with my zalman 9500
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It's very true. I dunno how much it'll lower your temps, but it should by a fair bit. I've yet to use my Shin Etsu, as I'm waiting until tomorrow to buy a raptor before I take my computer apart.

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The Tuniq Tower comes with Tuniq TX-1 thermal grease. It's pretty high quality, and usually performs very near AS5, so go a head and use it.

Many heatsinks come with standard zinc oxide, or generic 10-30% silver paste. These cheap pastes will suffice in most cases, but their thermal conductivity and other properties are inferior to higher end products.

AS5 has been the long time gold standard amongst TIMs. It was king for years, and only in the last 9-12 months or so has anything decisivly better shown up. AS5 is still a fine paste.

But I repeat, the TX-1 paste that comes with the Tuniq should be just as good as AS5, and only slightly worse than the best pastes in existence. Save yourself some money.
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Hi.

The thermal paste that is provided by manufactureres is adequate. If serves it's purpose for stock settings, and may even perform well when under duress.

The majority of peeps here are insane, ADD, OCD, social misfits that are fixated on one thing... no, wait 2 things: higher clocks and lower temps.
Ergo, the AS5 and Shin Itsu use that borders on fanaticism.

I only used the "paste" that came with a product once, so I can't speak from multiple experiences - It sucked.

AS5 dropped the temps considerably. Sorry, I don't want to just throw out random numbers as I do not recall the specifics.

I am not sure if that helps, but if you wanna push the system, then I would give it every edge from every angle that I could come up with.

Overclocking is War...

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Yes, AS5 creates optimal contact between the CPU and HSF thus lowering temps. Ideally, the lowest temps are when the CPU is fused as much as possible with the HSF, so that as much heat as possible gets dissipated out of the case. AS5 is proven to be the best compound to use to get the most effectiveness out of your HSF.

Temperature improvements vary depending on how bad the thermal crap really is that comes with most HSF's. I can tell you that I've personally experienced ~5C decrease in temps when using AS5 over the compound that came with my Zalman CNPS9500.
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Yea, the stock paste is decent. AS5 just takes a very long time to burn in
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So according to Blameless the paste that comes with the Tuniq Tower is good enough? Right? I understand that AS would lower the temps by around 5*C. So should I get it or not; I mean it is $15 (kind of over my budget)
    
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just use the tuniq paste, a couple cels won't matter unless you're going for a super high oc
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So according to Blameless the paste that comes with the Tuniq Tower is good enough? Right? I understand that it would lower the temps by around 5*C. So should I get it or not; I mean it is $15 (kind of over my budget)
No way in hell would AS5 lower temps by 5C comparied to the TX-1.

Fully set AS5 would probably lower temps 3-5C from generic aluminum/zinc oxide, but even fully burned in it will simply tie with the TX-1.
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