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I think I know the answer to this question, but I thought I better ask anyhow. I just received my OCZ Vanquisher and it has some factory thermal compound applied to the heatsink. Now should I scrap off this and apply some AS5 or run with the factory junk?

You never know, maybe this stuff is great or something, and I would be better off leaving it on. I assume the answer is go with AS5, any input will be appreciated.
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"scraping off" isn't gonna work. You can do that to get the bulk of it off, but if you're leaving residue it doesn't solve much... Use some alcohol to remove that.

And AS5 isn't the greatest anymore, several other compounds outperform it... But if that's all you got, go for it.
Edited by Liability - 6/19/08 at 3:46pm
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"scraping off" isn't gonna work. You can do that to get the bulk of it off, but if you're leaving residue it doesn't solve much... Use some alcohol to remove that.

And AS5 isn't the greatest anymore, several other compounds outperform it... But if that's all you got, go for it.
whats the best now? that ocz freeze stuff?
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whats the best now? that ocz freeze stuff?
Yup.

I just got done removing some as5 and putting some freeze in its place, 4c drop in load temps. No burn in time is great
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I use noctua NT-H1 and it works really good, no set up time, only need a 5mm drop, put the heatsink on, spin it back and forth a few times and done. With 22C ambient, Zalman 9700 getting idle 30, COD4 at ~38-40!
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I used the Vanquisher in one of my clients builds..and boy do they smother that TIM on..there is waayy too much of it on there, wipe it off, you dont really need to use 99% isopropyl alcohol and all this crap, ive always just used a dry piece of tissue and its fine..put some as5 or whatever on and your set..btw you might want to lap the vanquisher first, the base from the factory doesnt come with a very smooth finish.
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Thanks for the newbie recommendations guys, jeez. I wasn't going to literally just scrap it off.

Once I got the factory TIM removed I did notice how rough the bottom of the Vanquisher was. Guess that is why they smother the crap on, huh wagasr. I did whip out my lapping materials and went at it, and got it nice and shiny. Temps are looking great, two instances of Folding with temperatures of 41*c on both cores. Would get around 48*c with stock cooler or the Scythe Samurai. After the AS5 gets a chance to cure, it will be even better.

Thanks for the advice guys. Just wanted to make sure I didn't scrap off something that would be better then what I could apply.
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