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I've ordered the Accelero XTREME Plus for my 580 and now I'm looking for the best TIM available. I currently have the following TIMs at home.

OCZ Freeze <-- EOL

Prolimatech Thermal compound (which came with my Mega Shadow cpu cooler)

Arctic Thermal adhesive (which comes with the VR004 heatsink set)

Are there better TIMs on the market? I'll overclock the card.
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ocz frezze = mx-2. Mx-3 is good. ICD7 is better.
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I've found this review. Here are the CPU results.




and here are the GPU results.





ICD7 score has dropped from the top for CPU to almost in the middle for GPU. It seems that ICD7 is not the best compound for GPU cooling. This review is from 2008. Are there any new and better compounds available, especially for GPUs?
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I can definitely recommend on not using the Noctua stuff. I tried it on a 5850, and under that kind of heat it turned to liquid, and didn't cool well at all.

Really, though, you've already got a different heatsink, the TIM is important, but it's more about how it's applied. MX2 is pretty forgiving, and thin enough (reminds me of AS3...never used 5). Ceramique is thick, but flows well enough. Zalman stuff dries up in about a month and sucks really, really badly by then. Don't use a thermal adhesive for the GPU as that would prevent heatsink removal.

MX2 is relatively inexpensive, and works pretty well...you might as well go with something readily available to avoid an ultra price premium for something that doesn't make enough difference.
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Thanks for your reply! I still have some OCZ Freeze and looking at the picture above it has a good score, top 3 for GPU. I think I'm going to try the OCZ.

What kind of thermal paste is included in the VR004 package?
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Thanks for your reply! I still have some OCZ Freeze and looking at the picture above it has a good score, top 3 for GPU. I think I'm going to try the OCZ.

What kind of thermal paste is included in the VR004 package?
They do not include TIM for the VR004. Instead, they send along a thermal adhesive. It is not very good, and dries to a rubbery consistancy. You can actually remove the HS if you really need to, sinply by CAREFULLY twisting the HS off of the component. For mine, I said the heck with it (since I was NEVER planning to remove the VR004 HSs anyways) and went with Arctic Silver Thermal Adhesive.
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