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post #1 of 11
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134]This Cooler has some pictures on it that looks like pre-applied thermal compound... its that gray crap on the heatsink part. Do I still need to apply my compound to the cpu or not?
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post #2 of 11
Sure looks like a thermal pad to me.
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post #3 of 11
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So should I apply my Arctic Cooler 5 paste in addition to the pad? Or should that pad be good? I didn't buy anything to remove this paste with so I think I'm stuck with it...
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post #4 of 11
Just use whats on there, its called Arctic Cooling MX-2 and its just as good/better than Arctic Silver 5.
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post #5 of 11
yeah it comes with thermal tape pre-applied, but i would suggest you spend 5 bucks and get some as5. youll thank yourself in the end. be sure to clean off the thermal tape first, youll want pure as5 between the heatsink and cpu.
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post #6 of 11
I'm sure it will clean off with some rubbing and Isopropyl alchohol 70% >

I would not however combine thermal paste and that pad but use only one. After some time the pad will become dry and more than likely caked on from the heat and dust as most do.

I would wait and see but it's my opinion you should score some Arctic Silver 5 from the Egg or someone here (I just used my last 5g tube) and use that after cleaning the pad from the base.
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post #7 of 11
Fellas fellas!

Have you ever owned an AC product? Thats MX-2 on there, top notch stuff! Its not a pad..

Quote:
Thermal Compound
We ship our coolers with our latest ARCTIC MX-2 thermal compound pre-applied. MX-2 is a high thermal conductivity and low thermal resistance compound that optimizes thermal dissipation. It is ideally suited for use in CPU and GPU cooling where thermal conductivity is a major factor.
http://arctic-cooling.com/cpu2.php?idx=79&data=3&disc=
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post #8 of 11
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I already bought the AS5... but I will run with pre-applied, and see if the temps are good. + Rep for all who helped
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post #9 of 11
I have an AC7 for my HTPC rig. The thermal paste that comes on it is extremly thick. When i first seated it it oozed out the sides. I cleaned it off and applied AS5.
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Kopi View Post
Fellas fellas!

Have you ever owned an AC product? Thats MX-2 on there, top notch stuff! Its not a pad..

http://arctic-cooling.com/cpu2.php?idx=79&data=3&disc=

Understood and agree!

While it's a pad, and I don't prefer them, I stick to AS5 and while it might be as good or better it's just preference.. I think he'll be fine either way.
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