I am upgrading to IB when it comes out, most likely the 3770k. What is the best thermal paste to apply these days sincce it's been a year now since i built the pc and i was told that bios 1904 for my board unlocked Ivy Bridge for the board, is that correct?
I've always used Arctic Silver 5 but recently I've tried two others; Xigmatek PTI G3606 and Shin Etsu G751.
I had a good TIM job with AS5 on my lapped 6870 heatsink; temps while folding on the GPU AND CPU were 52C. I decided to try Shin Etsu since I'd heard great things about it. It has no curing time. It caused my GPU to hit 65C folding, and my cpu 60C under load from the core sensor.
According to this
, while somewhat old, Shin Etsu X23 or G751 are about as good as AS5. However I would not recommend this garbage to anyone and threw the rest of my tube away after reapplying AS5. I guess some people variously claim that either Shin Etsu G751 or X23 are liquid gold, maybe I had the wrong one? lmao
The Xigmatek paste I got free with my heatsink from newegg; it's not as good as AS5 but it's not bad either. I wouldn't recommend it though.
From everything I've seen most people go with Arctic Silver 5
, Innovation Cooling 7 Nano Diamond (IC7)
, Arctic Cooling MX-4
, or some kind of Shin Etsu. I use AS5 and it works, well. However, IC7 seems to have some actual science behind it in that diamond has 4 times the thermal conductivity of silver. I believe MX-4 is silicon, as is Shin Etsu, so for me it'd come down to AS5 or IC7 (tempted to order IC7 now lol).
As far as Ivy Bridge and bios goes I have no clue. Hope this helps.