Originally Posted by anguis
didnt show noticeable gains on here for IC7. but one thing they never talk about is the lifespan of the thermal compound. using something that will stop doing its job efficiently after 2 weeks is not something people want. maybe someone knows about a review with time-testing?
I'm going to have to use this as reference
and agree with this quote:
|I disagree with that guys testing methodology though. 20 minutes is nowhere near long enough to determine a load temp. Also, there is no portion control. Compounds that do not spread very well would be unfairly disadvantaged, due to the fact that you would have inconsistent spreading. There's just to many variables that are fluctuating in that test. A crackling good yarn though.
The testing methodology isn't very thorough; there's all kinds of compounding-variables that if 1 is overlooked or not followed or unaccounted for, it skews the results. I mean I've seen Xbit labs and other reviews that show IC7 a clear winner over AS5. Which method
of applying the paste was used for each? Some compounds do better with differing methods based on their viscosity. Using the same method for all of them is flawed in my opinion.
Unfortunately we in the OC'ing community have and are being used as guinea pigs for testing people's new and unestablished products. The manufacturers scour OUR forums for our opinions and test results, to then further improve their products. That's great and all but NONE of us gets a cent of compensation, nor a reduced credit for OUR work. AS5 has and is STILL way overpriced for the amount you get. Now they have been LONG established and making big sales b/c of the OC'er community. Yes OUR posts and recommendations have done the free marketing for them... I STILL see prices sky high for a tiny arse tube, and $5 S/H for something you can send in a plain envelope. That test... come on 33 diff kinds? Ridiculous, everyone (active on OCN/misc forums) knows the top 10 pastes, and those are all that needed to be tested. This test was just a big freebie whoring to get samples and do a little PR free marketing... Nothing wrong with that on the surface, but since WE are doing most of the work, posting our findings blah blah... I'm sorry for the /rant, heh...
I'm just tired of (seeing forums) getting exploited! Take the water cooling forums for example, WOW now tell me where did all the R&D come from with all these new kits and website based companies? THE FORUMS, they scoured Pro-Cooling.com and similar, stole ideas and made a killing from it, giving the original posters ZERO credit, or not even bothering to ask. It's all hype marketing now, which makes accreditation
even more important. If notâ€“ anyone and skew results to favor 1 piece of hardware over another so long as he/she is getting kick backs for it...