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iv noticed a lot of thermal compounds are super thick almost paste like.

i remember hearing that leaving it hot/warm water for a minute or so will soften then up. but i was thinking if it was more fluid wont it spread out better?

when i switch to a different water block or CPU i'll test this out.
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AS5 spreads out really nicely imo
 
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i used antec formula 7 and it was like clay...at room temp
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I pick the $1.00 product in the bowl at the front counter of my retail store. It is a "no name generic product" spreads like heat transfer grease always has (meaning a little really goes a long way).My main rule about these products is to clean off old product and apply new every chance you get (a 5 min assembly order mistake does not require new TIM).
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I always clean the old stuff before adding more. I like to just hold the little applicator in my hand for a minute so it gets warm and then apply. It being warmer does help a lot though.
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make a rice size grain on the middle of the cpu heatspreader, then put the heatsink on. it'll spread perfectly.
     
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So you're gonna use the same hardware and same TIM, just one applied at room temps and one applied after being warmed up, and run some benchmarks and record temps? Sounds like fun. I bet they'll be within 3 degrees C of each other tho. Looking forward to your results!
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So you're gonna use the same hardware and same TIM, just one applied at room temps and one applied after being warmed up, and run some benchmarks and record temps? Sounds like fun. I bet they'll be within 3 degrees C of each other tho. Looking forward to your results!
yeah im assuming the cold one doesnt spread out very well. more like a crushed clay in the middle and wont touch the corners.

need a better water block for more accurate results.
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I like AS5 aside from the long cure time of 200+ hrs. I run my pc 24/7 so I finally saw a temp drop after about a week but it was a good 3c+ drop after it fully cured. Also I got the cleaner with the AS5 a few years ago for 8$ on sale at microcenter so I couldn't argue with that deal.

Here is a link with some good comparisons. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo..._10.html#sect1
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post #10 of 14
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i need to take the thermal paste out of the tube cuz the plastic is kind of melting from the hot water lol.

was thinking about heating it up with hair dryer or heatgun but afraid of crap in the air getting on it. only option is to heat it up on a hot spoon or something.

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I like AS5 aside from the long cure time of 200+ hrs. I run my pc 24/7 so I finally saw a temp drop after about a week but it was a good 3c+ drop after it fully cured. Also I got the cleaner with the AS5 a few years ago for 8$ on sale at microcenter so I couldn't argue with that deal.

Here is a link with some good comparisons. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo..._10.html#sect1


i just use 99.9% pure alcohol no point in spending money on that kind of thing.
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