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post #11 of 25
I've used a number of TIMs and out of all them I had lots of success (Cooling, spreadability, etc) with the following.

Arctic Cooling MX-4
Gelid GC-Extreme
Thermalright Chill Factor III

I'd recommend any of those.
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OCZ Freeze and Indigo extreme
    
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post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp View Post
MX3/4 or Shin Etsu X23 7783D; I believe MX4 spreads easier.
Yep, used them all and MX-4 is the best, heat transfer and spreadability.
Shin 23 was the worse spreadability, same great heat transfer.
And it's cheap. 6 uses for $8.
With the 212+ I fill the gaps on the cooler first, scrape level with a plastic putty knife or credit card, leaving a VERY thin see through layer on the surface, leaving the CPU untouched. That's the key, your just filling scratches and impurities in the CPU and cooler surfaces, not applying a coating of glue. You want that coating the thickness of a hair or less, the thinner the better. But you do want to fill in those gaps between the pipes and cooler surface and scrape level.
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post #14 of 25
MX-3 is the best, but imo Formula 5 spreads the best.
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post #15 of 25
Am I the only one that likes the tackyness of AC5 and how it spreads...
post #16 of 25
I love OCZ Freeze because it's cheap and generally scores pretty high on benchmarks (plus it's what they stock at the CompUSA near me ). But really, IMO, it doesn't matter much as long as you chose a well known brand. You won't see too much difference between OCZ, MX4, AS, shin etsu, etc. A lot of them now actually don't need to be spread. For OCZ at least, they just say to put a dot in the center and let the pressure and heat do the rest.
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post #17 of 25
indigo extreme is the best tim u can get.
    
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post #18 of 25
The original Chillfactor. You could spread it just by looking at it sideways and it performed pretty well.

Downside was that it lasted about a week before it dried up or bled out all over.

Anyway, I don't recommend spreading TIMs manually, so the spreadability of a TIM isn't something I care too much about.
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post #19 of 25
Silver 5 is definitely teh best price/performance
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post #20 of 25
With HDT coolers you can't use the pea sized dab in the center of the CPU because it won't travel past the first gap. Instead it will fill the gaps and leave the rest of the CPU uncovered.
See pic.
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