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post #1 of 13
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hey guys,

I would like to test a bunch of chips and coolers that i have (and maybe some motherboards too) and i was wondering what TIM you would recommend to get good results but not break the bank.

thank you in advance
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post #2 of 13
mx-2, as5/as7/ic diamon/ocz freeze are the tims I know of that are good, prices might depend on where you look
post #3 of 13
Shin etsu

I've heard that stuff is amazing
    
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post #4 of 13
I would say Shin Etsu or MX3 or Indigo Extreme.
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post #5 of 13
Gelic GC-Extreme, MX-4, ChillFactor 2/3. Always a good choice.
    
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post #6 of 13
MX-2 is the best that I've ever used. There are a few better ones out there, but they're not very common. Stay away from MX-3 if you come across it though. It's much thicker and terribly hard to spread.
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post #7 of 13
I also recommend Shin Etsu.
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post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
shin-etsu and mx-2 are the ones that i hear the most, so i will probably go with one of those two... but i have one more question... about how many applications should 1g of TIM get me? (i dont usually end up using the whole tube before it hardens so idk)

EDIT: thanks for the quick replies everyone
Edited by eskamobob1 - 4/21/11 at 11:08am
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G.Skill Ripjaw Z 64GB @ 1833 MHz Vertex 4 512GB Vertex 4 512GB H80i 
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Windows 7 Ultimate Auria 27" (2560x1440) Auria 27" (2560x1440) Lepa G. 1600 
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post #9 of 13
Indigo Xtreme is the absolute best. It's not a paste TIM. It's designed to make sure the thermal compound spreads completely over the processor. The processor melts a coating when it gets hot. That coating has the TIM in it. The TIM will then spread all over the processor. Shin Etsu X23 is a good paste too. IC Diamond is a pretty good paste too, especially since it can lap your processor and heatsink. MX-2, MX-3, and MX-4 are also great.
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
Indigo Xtreme is the absolute best. It's not a paste TIM. It's designed to make sure the thermal compound spreads completely over the processor. The processor melts a coating when it gets hot. That coating has the TIM in it. The TIM will then spread all over the processor. Shin Etsu X23 is a good paste too. IC Diamond is a pretty good paste too, especially since it can lap your processor and heatsink. MX-2, MX-3, and MX-4 are also great.
Indigo Xtreme is extremely good (I use it myself), but I'd never use it for testing chips and coolers. At about $10 an application it could certainly "break the bank" and that's what the OP is trying avoid. If you know for sure what chip and cooler you're going to use for a long time then by all means, get some I.X. I found it well worth it.

For testing where you're swapping CPUs and coolers often Shin Etsu and the other pastes mentioned in thread would be better suited budget-wise than going with Indigo Xtreme.
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