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Yea, my core 1 is about 10C higher than the lowest. I usually use the middle 2 as an average since theyre usually about the same.
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Which shows how much sensor variation you can get....
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Curse you, core#1. Always misbehaving xD
    
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Takes a while to cure..200hours.. I use MX3 or MX2..no curetime

AS5 temp drops during cure time
What's tricky is that for most people it never really does cure properly as they don't turn the system off and let the cpu and heatsink cool down to room temp 3 or 4 times a day like you really need to do during that 200 hours. Plus it needs to be cleaned off and re-applied once a year requiring one to go through that entire curing process (200 hours is 8-9 days) all over again. If you get a bad seat and have to re-install you need to go through that entire curing procedure again. Even after going through all of that the chances are that temps will be 2 to 5 C HIGHER than the other top brands.

AS-5 is so outdated and under-performing that NO ONE should be foolish enough to still use it. IT hasn't been a really viable or worthwhile TIM since 2004 or 2005. MX-2, MX-3, MX-5, IC Diamond, CM Thermal Fusion 400, Shin Itsu, Noctua NT-H1, and the other top TIMs have a curing time of 1 hour or less, some as little as 5 minutes. With all of that in mind along with the fact that AS-5 is more expensive per Gram than the others makes it a very poor choice of TIM. I feel sorry for any un-informed individual who drank the Arctic Silver Kool-Aid and continues to use it when there are so many other better quality and less expensive TIM's available.
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What's tricky is that for most people it never really does cure properly as they don't turn the system off and let the cpu and heatsink cool down to room temp 3 or 4 times a day like you really need to do during that 200 hours. Plus it needs to be cleaned off and re-applied once a year requiring one to go through that entire curing process (200 hours is 8-9 days) all over again. If you get a bad seat and have to re-install you need to go through that entire curing procedure again. Even after going through all of that the chances are that temps will be 2 to 5 C HIGHER than the other top brands.

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I bought AS-5 because at Fry's AS-5 was 6.99 for 3.5g and Shin-etsu was 7.99 for .5g so the choice became clear that in case of a reseat, the AS-5 was the way to go. However, I am second guessing that Shin-etsu though. Seems like good stuff.
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Shin Itsu is the main price exception as it's the most expensive. Your best bet as far as quality and price is MX-2. It cools within 1C of of any other TIM and better than most and is the most affordable. $6.99 for 4grams with free shipping from SVC.
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I've noticed that with EK blocks they include a 2.5g tube of MX-2 for free.

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I am just barely resisting the urge to buy heaps of EK waterblocks to get that MX-2
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I use either MX-2 or OCZ Freeze... Main reasons is what Pap posted about cure time..

I wont ever buy TIM with cure time again..
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Once I started using MX-2 (right after it came out) I threw away the 5 tubes of AS-5 I had left (4 were unopened). I knew I wasn't going to use them and I didn't feel right selling, or even giving them to some poor unsuspecting user who didn't know better.
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