Originally Posted by pc-illiterate
i can remember 3 things i have to post about.
your 3770k is hotter than most others because it isnt delidded. that can greatly reduce the temps of any ivy bridge. most people overclocking their ivies on this forum have delidded because intel sucked the big one on the tim and silicon adhesive.
dont bother with arctic silver. if you buy a new tube, buy some prolimatech pk-1 or 'whoever' mx-4
ram will NOT heat up the water/coolant in any tube. it doesnt generate that much heat at all.
I haven't counted or done a poll or anything, but I would be willing to bet that "most people" overclocking their ivy bridge cpu have not delidded (unless you have some evidence we haven't seen). In fact, since an Ivy Bridge i7 is so expensive, and delidding voids the warranty, I bet the actual number of people in this thread
who have delidded them is pretty small. I could be wrong, but I haven't seen any large number of people here saying otherwise.
Also, there's nothing wrong with Arctic Silver. It's actually one of the best TIMs you can get, right up there with the best of them. Yeah, there's a cure time, but it's only for a few degrees. It's not like you're going to get a 5c improvement after curing it for a week, but only a few degrees (like 1-3c). I use the stuff all the time and it's quite excellent.
In that comprehensive article, Arctic Silver is tied with Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751, which is one of the best TIMs you can get (of course, that's after curing time for the AS5).
Here's another comparison:
But the truth is that there are a lot of great TIMs out there now (including MX-4), so there's a lot of choice. AS5 has been a great choice for a number of years, and nothing has changed to make it otherwise. Basically, if all you have available is AS5 I wouldn't recommend ordering in something else. Running your computer for a week will fully cure the AS5. If a person is in big rush for the best temps or something, then I would recommend Shin-etsu since it is actually a little better than MX-4, and also doesn't require any curing time. If you're going to special order TIM, you might as well special order the best (Shin-etsu). Personally, I have no issue with the curing time required for AS5.