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Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1 or Arctic Silver 5?

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I just recently finished my first build and was wondering what thermal paste I should get. I actually bought the CPU on eBay and it still had thermal paste left over from the previous owner, which is all that's on the CPU right now. I figure if since there should probably be more thermal paste on my CPU, that it could run cooler than it currently does.

Anyway, here's my question. Which is better? Noctua NT-H1 or Arctic Silver 5? My friend tried the Noctua NT-H1 and said it works great. I've also read reviews in which Noctua NT-H1 has performed a degree or two better than Arctic Silver 5 in certain tests.

So, does anyone have any experience with Noctua NT-H1 versus Arctic Silver 5? Also, if you know of a better thermal paste, please let me know. I've just narrowed it down to Noctua NT-H1 and Arctic Silver 5 after doing my own research, but I know there are a lot of knowledgeable people here!
 
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post #2 of 17
Check this out.
33 way TIM comparision

This what you want:
OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound
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Shin-Etsu FTW! But really, Shin-Etsu will beat AS5, but there are *AFEW* better ones out there, but they will cost you more. Shin-Etsu>AS5

I like Shin-Estu, people will tell you Ceramique, others will tell you MX-2

Others will say there is no need to get Shin-Etsu unless you are buying more TIM in the first place.
I went from 35C Idle with my e2180 to 30C idle, (but then some will make the argument about curing time, proper application. doesn't matter with the Shin-Etsu, I didn't do so hot of a job with the Shin-Etsu, and look how I turned out!)
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post #4 of 17
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Actually, I found a tube of my dad's AS5 and put some of that on, and holy crap! I didn't think the temps would go down this much! I know the previous owner's thermal paste wasn't doing anything since it was all dried up already. But previous to putting some AS5 on, my CPU temp was 60 celsius under load and 40 celcius when idle. Now I'm getting 20 celcius when idle and 37 celcius when under load! And it's all thanks to my Xigmatek CPU cooler.
 
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I went with Cool Silver TIM after reading the tweaknews review. Definitely lower temps. Their currently doing a free 1.5 g sample with this promo code 108c0f6633.
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Originally Posted by Xuflek View Post
I went with Cool Silver TIM after reading the tweaknews review. Definitely lower temps. Their currently doing a free 1.5 g sample with this promo code 108c0f6633.
Thanks! Just ordered some. I'll try it out and see how well it works!
 
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Just received my free Cool Silver sample. I'm planning on applying it tonight. I'll give an update as to how well it performs compared to my AS5.
 
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post #8 of 17
This round up should cover most of the popular, readily available TIM options.

Crazy 33 TIM round up though!
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post #9 of 17
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Quote:
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This round up should cover most of the popular, readily available TIM options.

Crazy 33 TIM round up though!
Thanks for the link! It's amazing how much better the Cool Silver performs over AS5, even though it's $3 cheaper!
 
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post #10 of 17
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Well I got my free sample of Cool Silver in the mail today and applied it. I noticed that I actually hadn't applied much AS5 previously as I should have. I have only noticed my CPU temp go down about 1 degree since applying the Cool Silver, but I'm wondering if I applied too much. They said to apply quite a bit, but I have have gone overboard. I think I still have enough paste for another application, so I may have to take my heatsink off and take a look at how much there is under there.

Unfortunately, with the exposed heatpipes on my heatsink, it's hard to tell how much paste I need to apply since there are little crevices.
 
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