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Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
To bad there are so few thermal pastes to choose from here in Gensokyo...
I'll have to speak to Rinnosuke to see if he can get some from beyond the border.
I lol'd.

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Originally Posted by ghettogeddy View Post
i still use arctic silver ceramique

cause i have a huge tube of it lol
That's what I normally use. I just made a switch over to OCZ Freeze because it's easier to clean up.

I don't use AS5 mainly because of the cure time.
 
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OCZ Freeze
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Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Um MX-3 isnt thick. It's thinner than IC7, Shin Etsu and OCZ freeze. The consistency is a lot like AS5. From my experience, all arctic cooling TIMs are pretty light and easy to spread. Ive tried AS5, MX2 and MX3.
In my opinion it's pretty thick. If I put a dallop of it on a CPU and try to spread it with an applicator it tend to clump together (clay like consistency), unlike MX-2 which spreads very easily. I agree about IC7 though- very tough to work with. Even with a bad spread MX-3 still performed well, which is why I want to redo the test.
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Originally Posted by LoneWolf3574 View Post
You know this thread is going to start a flame war.

Read this article by Benchmark Reviews (it's pretty good in my opinion) and determine for yourself which thermal paste is better - 80 Thermal Pastes Tested. Do your research and make an informed decision.

While I'm currently using MX3, I personally like AS5 and have seen no major advantage or disadvantage to using any of the other thermal pastes. MX3 has given me perhaps 3C (under load) over AS5 and if it matters that much to anybody, by all means, do it. I am NOT a big time OCer, but I like to tinker and tweak.
you beat me to posting the 80 way thermal paste comparison, i also think it's a good comparison of TIMs
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The thing is, TIM really makes such a small difference. The biggest difference is going to be in your application method and quality, or lack thereof. If you gob way to much on there or eek out just a tiny bit, or any of the other common mistakes, then that will make much more of difference to your temps.

I once read a review of 100 (turns out it was 80^)different TIMs and the biggest difference between the best performing TIM and the worst performing TIM was just over 3C. 3C between the crappiest TIM they selected and the best. All those times you see somebody say they had a 6C or 10C drop from this new TIM, well you can guess they hadn't done a good job with the application of it.

Artic Silver 5 is still a fine choice, although yes, there are better thermal interface materials.
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