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post #11 of 25
ic7 i use it on everything find it a lot better.
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post #12 of 25
MX-3/mx-4, IC7 sucks as its SOOOOOO hard to spread and the gains is what 1c???
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post #13 of 25
Mx-3 would be the choice.
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post #14 of 25
MX-2/3. Just my
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post #15 of 25
I have been using AS5 for years. Just make sure you don't apply too much. It's only to fill in the inconsistencies between the HS and CPU. Don't cake it on. It does take 200hrs to cure completely and lower temperatures 1-5C.
Thermal paste is only meant to fill the gaps, not coat the surface; perfectly flat metal on metal with no material in-between is your ultimate goal.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 9/14/10 at 8:26am
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MX2 and MX3 > AS5
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post #17 of 25
MX-3 is more for GPUs since it's thicker.

MX-3 on CPUs works just fine, but it's more for the impatient who don't care about the 1-2C lower temps with AS5 that takes 200 hours and shutting down when not in use to fully cure. Which makes it not very practical for review tests.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 9/14/10 at 4:44am
post #18 of 25
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So what is being said is: AS5 is actually slightly better for temps than MX-2/3 but only when given proper time to cure, otherwise MX-2/3 will come out ahead. And because of this fact, reviews are inaccurate.

Is that about right?
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post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa View Post
I have been using AS5 for years. Just make sure you don't apply too much. It's only to fill in the inconsistencies between the HS and CPU. Don't cake it on. It does take time to cure completely and lower temperatures fully.
Thermal paste is only meant to fill the gaps, not coat the surface; perfectly flat metal on metal with no material in-between is your ultimate goal.
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post #20 of 25
Both will work excellent. AS5 usually gives an extra 1-2C better performance, but it also depends on how good of a job you did applying it. It honestly doesn't matter to most people as long as you're under 70c.
Please see this guide on how to properly apply TIM to AMD and Intel CPUs: http://www.arcticsilver.com/methods.html There's different instructions for specific types of cpus versions. Be sure to tint the HS and metal plate as well.
In this thorough review they explain some of the differences in TIM: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...&limitstart=12
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 9/14/10 at 7:15pm
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