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post #11 of 19
MX-3 hands down. AS5 is old (it is like 10 years old or something right), but it is still good. Just use it as a spare. If you can, get MX-4. Stuff is 1337!

GPU temps (at 950 1.050v) before MX-4 - 63C
Now - 60C

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post #12 of 19
Ive been using AS5 since I built this system in Dec, I could not get stable on 4ghz, got some MX-3 this morning reseated the H50 with MX-3 and bingo I just now did the 4ghz and stable in prime for an hour, going to have a rest and do some tweaking
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post #13 of 19
MX-4 is some good stuff. It is about 1C less than IC7, or known as some of the best TIM out there on the market. MX-3 lags behind by liek 1.5-2C or something liek that. Still great stuff.
 
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post #14 of 19
I'm puzzled as to why you didn't put the stock Coolermaster TIM on? It's Thermal Fusion 400 and it absolutely rocks. AS5 is 5-7c behind modern TIMs like Shin Etsu btw, and with its long cure time it is a chore to install and use because it takes days to figure if you got a good application on or not!
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i use gelid gc-extreme and have used AS5, my temps dropped around 1-2 C not much but no cure time
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post #16 of 19
From the reviews i red the AS5 is slightly better (but just a fraction of a degree). Also MX-3 is quite a hassle to apply since it doesn't spread easily (quite frankly it's a pain in the arse). So i'd recommand MX-4 since it spreads much better has same performance as MX-3 if not a little better, it's dielectric unlike AS5 (it doesn't short your CPU,mobo if you accidentally spill it) and also it doesn't require a break in periode or cure time (however you like to call it) unlike AS5 which needs around 200 hours.
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Thanks for all the reply's. I guess MX-4 is the clear winner. The tim that came with the cooler is better than AS5?
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post #18 of 19
AS5 tends to separate after having sat for a long while - they claim 3 different somethings to do with silver?
I've tested brand new AS5, year old AS5 and MX-3 and the AS5 seemed to do 1-2c better at full load (after being cured) then the MX-3. But the MX-3 did better with idle temps. The year old AS5 was last.
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post #19 of 19
Use MX-4 It has a lot less cure time and doesnt have to be re applied every 10-11 months. AS5 was good stuff back when it came out but technology has moved along and now it is actually pretty bad stuff.
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