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I have generic thermal compound on hand and was planning to use it on my processor.

I wanted to know if any one had data that shows that compounds like arctic silver were better at cooling.

Thanks guys
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Better thermal compound only makes 2-4c difference on load.

AS is better but doesnt make that much of a difference hope that helps smile.gif.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jpcramer;13135524 
I have generic thermal compound on hand and was planning to use it on my processor.

I wanted to know if any one had data that shows that compounds like arctic silver were better at cooling.

Thanks guys

Best TIM:

Arctic Silver 5

Indigo Extreme

Arctic Cooling Mx Series

Optional:

OCZ Freeze
    
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post #4 of 20
Basic compound is alright stuff. The best compounds will gain you anything up to 5c more of heat transfer.
How about an 80 way test of compounds? There's your proof right there.
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I've seen a video on youtube that used crazy stuff such as ketchup and their main argument was that compound doesn't make a big difference.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Paper;13135565 
I've seen a video on youtube that used crazy stuff such as ketchup and their main argument was that compound doesn't make a big difference.

Please do some research before posting lol. You obviously are under educated in Thermal Compound.
    
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post #8 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by allikat;13135552 
Basic compound is alright stuff. The best compounds will gain you anything up to 5c more of heat transfer.
How about an 80 way test of compounds? There's your proof right there.

Thank you,
I found this to be very helpful!!
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post #9 of 20
I use Shin-Etsu MicroSi X-23 7783D these days, its pretty close to the top (.2C difference from its better performing brother) its $6 for 1g whereas the other one is $10 for .5g (lol).

It is really thick though, best to let it sit in hot water for a few minutes before you apply it.
    
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I've used Ceramique for years because it's cheap, doesn't dry out, and has better temps than regular white grease provides. I did try switching to MX-2, and will admit that it gave a little boost to both air and water cooling (1-2C lower than Ceramique for me). Does this really validate the costs? I can snag a 20g tube of Ceramique for under $6...no way of that with MX-2.
The Shin-etsu X23 is good stuff, too, from what I've heard and seen in reviews. I have no experience with it. However, I do remember that AMD used a Shin-Etsu product between the CPU and heatspreader on A64 chips of yore, due to long-term stability.

Even white grease isn't bad if used properly, but it will dry out in a few months. The worst I've used in that regard was Zalman STG-1...dried out in 2 weeks or less, repeatedly, although temps were excellent while it was still wet. For now I'm sticking with MX-2, as I keep the giant Ceramique tube around for general builds.
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