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What's the best thermal paste/liquid for a Sandy Bridge CPU (i5-2500k) and a Thermalright TRUE 120?
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As5
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Thanks!

Are there any photographs of exactly how much to apply to the CPU? I can never, ever tell if I'm putting too much or too little even though I've read descriptions, etc. (ie. "the size of uncooked rice, etc)
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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
As5
AS5 is decent, some other out there perform a lot better. AS5 ppl tend to be loyal and fight critics, but try TH-N1 from noctua, or MX-3... if u wanna spend some cash go for Indigo Extreme.
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This should be the application method for the second-gen i5's. Double-check the pdf and keep me honest.
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post #6 of 15
as5 or MX-2 / MX-3

Most people just put a blob, Smaller than a small pea
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Shinetsu X23 get a syringe at Fry's for like 7 bucks...profit. smaller than a pea dead center. No curing like the artic
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Arctic Cooling MX-2 pr MX-3, IC Diamond 7 or 24, CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400, Gelid GC Extreme, Shin-Etsu MicroSi X-23 7783D. Bascially anything BUT AS5 which takes too long to cure, has an overly complicated curing/breakin process, and needs to be replaced every 10 to 12 months. AS5 was fine when it was first released about 8 years ago, but since then a lot of much better TIM has come along that makes it not worth using or even considering. I wouldn't use it on my worst enemy's computer, let alone one of mine.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
Arctic Cooling MX-2 pr MX-3, IC Diamond 7 or 24, CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400, Gelid GC Extreme, Shin-Etsu MicroSi X-23 7783D. Bascially anything BUT AS5 which takes too long to cure, has an overly complicated curing/breakin process, and needs to be replaced every 10 to 12 months. AS5 was fine when it was first released about 8 years ago, but since then a lot of much better TIM has come along that makes it not worth using or even considering. I wouldn't use it on my worst enemy's computer, let alone one of mine.
You have to state this so many times, but people don't listen.
    
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Originally Posted by NguyenAdam View Post
You have to state this so many times, but people don't listen.
Looks like you did.

But to some extent I think it's just the comfort factor. Some people have just become so used to using it they don't realize how much better the other stuff is of won't take the time to learn how to apply the new stuff. They are so used to applying AS5 a certain way and a lot of the newer TIM has a different consistency and it can take a bit of work to learn how to work with it.
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