Originally Posted by dude120
So have I. It really depends on who is reviewing it and what kind of performance they are looking for. In my experience it somewhat better than artic silver 5, but it isn't the absolute best. Ive seen a few charts floating around this site, which people have made using shin-etsu and 10 or so other TIM's. Shin-Etsu was the one which scored the 2nd or 3rd best (lowest) temps, the top being Indigo Extreme. For some its a significant drop in temperature for others it isn't. Getting a better thermal paste will drop temps anywhere from 1-5 C depending what its used for and what your previous thermal paste was.
Can you read the very first thread where it explains of the pre-installed thermal paste, it says it its higher quality = being Better than 3rd party TIM
"The stock piece of thermal tape on the back of the H50 is Shin Etsu, this is a very good TIM (Thermal Interface Material) and normally ranks above your normal cheaper candidates (MX3 or AS5)"
This is the real difference(As people comparing with H50 as in the pre-stock TIM against an AC5 or MX3 etc...), the one's on the H50 have been applied for many months before they are sold in stores, so if you were to FRESHLY apply the Shin-Etsu it would be a whole allot of difference compared to a pre-installed production. Ofcourse I have the MicroSi G571 version, not the x23 (which is better)