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What's the worst thermal paste you've used?

post #1 of 29
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For me it's Arctic Cooling's mx-3. Everytime i've used it i can't get the sucker to freaking spread, I always end up with these odd gaps, I know that i'm evne using the too much and it's doing it.
Also currently stress testing a 4.17ghz oc.
Temps are hitting 69-71ish :/ 1.368 core voltage, am i too high?
post #2 of 29
Stock.....

I used some Dynex from BestBuy thaat was pretty fugly. I really like Arctic Silver 3 and Antec Formula 5 seems pretty good.
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post #3 of 29
Everything that came bundled with the heatsinks I've used, except for what's on my H50. Though I had to replace it with Tuniq TX-2 when I had to reseat it.

An old CM cooler I used had this white, gluey slop that wouldn't spread well. My temps with it even hit 60+ too.
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post #4 of 29
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1.376v 4.17 ghz, 1 degree from intel's 72.1.. Looks like i may have to step this thing down I'd rather not kill my poor i5.. it's suffered so much. Noctua's paste is pretty decent so far.
post #5 of 29
AS5. Well, I haven't really used many others.
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post #6 of 29
Intel has high quality shin etsu Tim, it's the heatsink itself that is ****
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post #7 of 29
toothpaste mixed with lotion
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post #8 of 29
no TIM at all is the worst IMHO lol. Or that lovely white greasy crap they used to use on pcs
 
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post #9 of 29
Generic white crap makes me shudder.
Those pink pads back in the day made me pull a since there's no way they can really be effective..
I've only really used AS5 in all my years of PC hardwareness though (1.2 athlon)
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post #10 of 29
Well there was a lot of TIMs that I had difficulties spreading. Until I learned that not spreading them was the optimum way to go. Dot or line method, will never spread another TIM again.
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