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Hi guys. I have a question about thermal compound. Is it true that you have to have the cpu run for about 50-100 hours before you really see results in decreasing temps?
    
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It depends on the thermal paste. Some need cure times, some don't and some need longer curing times.
    
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ahh ok. Do you know if as5 needs a curing time?
    
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upon applying AS5, you'll see higher temperatures with the paste just fresh... after a few burn-in and cooling cycles, the paste settles in ...
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http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm

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During the CPU's initial use, the compound thins out to enhance the filling of the microscopic valleys and ensure the best physical contact between the heatsink and the CPU core. Then the compound thickens slightly over the next 50 to 200 hours of use to its final consistency designed for long-term stability.
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