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going to reseat heatsink. I am going to order a TIM off of frozen cpu or newegg or amazon. i need to know what the OCN community recommends overall. so far i've heard good things about mx-3, ocz freeze, and ic-7 diamond. any others? which one should be my final choice?
post #2 of 25
Best normal paste is Shin Etsu X23 7783D; MX3 is not far behind and a much better value. If you want to be extreme about it, Indigo Xtreme is better than those, but has a relatively alien application method and is VERY expensive.
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Shin Etsu gets my vote.
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I think they all perform within 1-2 degrees C of each other if applied properly. Bought some MX-4 that was supposed to arrive on the 30th but was rescheduled for the 3rd.

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post #5 of 25
There are a lot of opinions on this topic, and a lot of criteria that determine which is "best", depending on what you are doing, and who you ask.

Personally, I use two TIMs most often:

Arctic Silver Ceramique - cheap, good performance, great long term stability.

TIM Consultants Quantum - not as cheap, but still a good value; excellent performance, excellent long term stability.

Really though, you can't go wrong with many of the top dozen or so TIMs out there.
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post #6 of 25
they are all so close it doesnt really matter.
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they are all so close it doesnt really matter.
I am inclined to agree.

But, fwiw, I generally use Arctic Silver or Shin Etsu.

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post #8 of 25
http://skinneelabs.com/tim2010part1.html?page=5
Go with either Indigo XTreme or Shin ETsu
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is shin etsu easy to put on a core i7?
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Originally Posted by flipmatthew View Post
is shin etsu easy to put on a core i7?


as easy as any other cpu
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