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post #1 of 19
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Hi all,
I've just installed my new freezer 7 pro (pre-used so no horrible pad). I've noticed the temps are very dissapointing (only 5*C lower at idle and load compared to stock cooler)
I only have generic horrible white thermal grease so don't tell me to get AS5.
I just thought i'de ask -
-Does anyone have any tips for applying cheap white thermal grease?
-Is the application method the same as with AS5 (Line along length of processor)

I just splodged the grease on in a blob then thinned it out using a credit card is this good/right?

All help will of couse be rewarded
Cheers,
Coffeejunky
post #2 of 19
shame it was pre used... the stuff on the bottom of any arctic cooling cooler is either MX1 or MX2, which is better than AS5

if you apply whatever you have the same way as you usually would, it should be fine
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post #3 of 19
Never put too much; just a little dot will be fine.
It only needs to even out the bumps, etc on the CPU and cooler surfaces and not be another layer between them. If you put too much, the temperatures will obviously increase

And you should think about investing in a good thermal paste, since they're like $5 and will help decrease temps even more.
post #4 of 19
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And you should think about investing in a good thermal paste, since they're like $5 and will help decrease temps even more.
I have some on order
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shame it was pre used... the stuff on the bottom of any arctic cooling cooler is either MX1 or MX2, which is better than AS5
Yeah...the stuff on my freezer 64 pro kept the processor pretty cool for a stock paste.

Thanks for the help guys...about to try a remount in a few mins.
post #5 of 19
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I did a remount using the dot method...Its worse now ... argh. I'm now at exactly the same as the stock coooler.
Time for ANOTHER remount I s'pose
This thermal grease REALLY sucks.
post #6 of 19
Btw, OCZ Freeze is one of the best =) Better than ShinEtsu/AS5
    
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post #7 of 19
Try laying down a pea size blotch, sit the cooler down on it and then lift it off and reseat the cooler. Never tried this generic grease you speak off, but that method worked real well for my TRUE + Shin Etsu.

Edit: don't forget some stuff needs time to cure to be effective. Have you tried googling the stuff you have to see how it performs?
    
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Yeah, I've used MX-2 for all of my mounts, seems to work well. Frankly, the difference is 1 or 2 degrees with different high-end pastes, and if it comes down to that, your ambients change more so it's irrelevant.
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Edit: don't forget some stuff needs time to cure to be effective. Have you tried googling the stuff you have to see how it performs?
Its some really generic stuff...I think the brand is 'stars' and its quite watery.
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Frankly, the difference is 1 or 2 degrees with different high-end pastes, and if it comes down to that, your ambients change more so it's irrelevant.
I agree, everyones like zomg get shinetsu its now better than AS5!

If you opened the door of your bedroom, your room temp might change 3c... lol
    
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