The TIM supplied on the H50 is as thick as the TIM on the supplied stock CPU coolers. Taking this into account it might be wiser to replace the TIM.
Is it a waste? Certainly.
But if you're after cooler temps, then you'll change the TIM. Even if you use the same stuff.
I used Shin-Etsu X23 paste after cleaning and prepping both surfaces(in my case I lapped them) prior to application. Only used a half to full grain of rice in the middle of my CPU.
Stock TIM is Shin-Etsu G751 it's rated as the best available at the moment. You can get it from performance-pcs.com using the search function. If you look in my sig there is an 80 TIM comparison. So if you happen to have some TIM layin around and you're not sure about where it ranks and what it's cure time and average Temp score is, by all means check it out.
I don't see what is so special about running stock TIM anyway. We all know it's thicker than what we would use or recommend to anyone, but some people insist this is the way to go. I don't mean to make it sound like nobody knows what they are talking about in this regard. I just think that it's better to replace it. I replaced the TIM on my Cooler and my MoBo with x23. The 5770 is next when I get my replacement MoBo.
@sorry2... Dude how did you mount that to your 5770? I'd be interested in seeing how it was done as well. Nothing like pictures detailing a difficult mounting.
Edited by Ceadderman - 6/19/10 at 4:06pm
Originally Posted by MeatloafOverdose
Correct it is, its pre applied, so leave it on there!