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I have been using AS5 since almost the beginning. I tried shin-etsu, but it was so hard to spread that I ended up with terrible temperatures, over and over until I ran out.(due mainly to my inexperience, at the time). I also tried Zalman paste that came with my 9700 and it wasn't bad but not as good as cured AS5. Well I have read a ton of reviews, and can't make up my mind, there is so many good pastes that promise so much. Is there a consensus of one that is better than others, I still have AS5 around so I can change it back, just wondering which one should I give a shot to?


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Either mx-2 or shin etsu, and shin etsu isnt that hard to spread if you warm it up a little. I ran the syringe threw my hands a few times, and it spread like butter.
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I always go with AS5.
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post #5 of 23
Using OCZ Freeze now, my temps lowered by 1~2C on load compaired to AS5 (but then again, I might just be getting better at applying the TIM). But at least OCZ is not electrically conductive (did I spell that correct? ), so I would say OCZ Freeze.
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Originally Posted by decapitator View Post
That review is from 2003, really no relivance anymore.
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OCZ Freeze ftw.
    
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I went out and read a ton of reviews and it basically came out a wash, most concluded that there was less than 1C difference in temps once as5 cured.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lemans81 View Post
I went out and read a ton of reviews and it basically came out a wash, most concluded that there was less than 1C difference in temps once as5 cured.
Well, go with OCZ then, it came out best in a lot of reviews and less risk of short-circuiting (again, did I spell that correct?), especially on videocards (but since it's for your CPU, it's not very relevant; well maybe for the future) ^_^
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post #10 of 23
Actually "MOST" Top end TIM's (Like the ones' he's asking about) Arn't electrically conductive. If you would like to consult Recent reviews Here are 2:

http://hardwarelogic.com/news/137/AR...008-03-03.html
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=5

I'd Like to note that OCZ Freeze is the Top or 2nd By Each Editor's choice.

It's an Aluminum Oxide TIM so it won't cause Oxidation on a Copper heatsink, which means better conduction longer. It also cures instantly, You apply, Temp Check and continue Overclocking. You're Not sitting waiting for it to cure so you can go higher. So while I feel AS5 is great TIM , It's becoming outdated due to advances in TIM Curing and Making. Thats my 2 Copper Heatsinks.
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