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Hey all,

Need the best low viscosity TIM available now. Currently even Prolimatech Pk-1 gives me better results vs X23-7783D regardless of how I apply Shin Etsu(dot, line, star, thin spread; everything). My Q9650 ihs is lapped to 2500 grit so its extremely flat.

According to Benchmark Reviews AS-5 is my best bet. Anyone have any experience?
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post #2 of 19
What about Arctic Silver Matrix?
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G-751 is less viscous than X23 and does an equal job. AS5 is about as runny as it gets, but you have to deal with the curing time.

You can make any TIM runny by just putting it in a baggy and then putting that baggy in to some very hot water for a couple minutes.
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post #5 of 19
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G-751 is less viscous than X23 and does an equal job. AS5 is about as runny as it gets, but you have to deal with the curing time.

You can make any TIM runny by just putting it in a baggy and then putting that baggy in to some very hot water for a couple minutes.
Tried the water and microwave trick too. From my experience G751 is almost as thick as X23 and PK-1 is way easier to spread.

Got both of them. Too bad both Liquid versions will leech into the cpu copper surface and corrode it so I am staying away from using them for now. The Liquid Ultra is actually better at the corrosion problem ie it is not as bad but it is still an issue even with nickel plated heatsinks.
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Tried the water and microwave trick too. From my experience G751 is almost as thick as X23 and PK-1 is way easier to spread.



Got both of them. Too bad both Liquid versions will leech into the cpu copper surface and corrode it so I am staying away from using them for now. The Liquid Ultra is actually better at the corrosion problem ie it is not as bad but it is still an issue even with nickel plated heatsinks.
Ah I didnt know that, I just go for whatever I have atm, right now using Noctuas paste, which now that I think about it thats not very thick at all.
 
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Tried the water and microwave trick too. From my experience G751 is almost as thick as X23 and PK-1 is way easier to spread.
Maybe try again with hotter water, or leave it in there longer.

I did it with X23 a while back, and that stuff was almost like water.
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How about Arctic Cooling's MX-4?

I recently used it for my Hyper 212+ and it's by far the easiest running/spreading TIM I've ever used. Cools like a champ as well.
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I remember getting some type of Zalman paste that came with my 9500A heatsink, it seemed quite thin compared to what I normally use (Artic Silver 5)
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Maybe try again with hotter water, or leave it in there longer.

I did it with X23 a while back, and that stuff was almost like water.
I will with G751. I looked over the specs for Shin Etsu TIMs http://www.microsi.com/packaging/thermal_grease.htm and apparently G751 had the best thermal conductivity of all and easiest to spread.
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