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What's the best TIM for the i7-8700K?

I plan to overclock the 8700K to maybe 5 GHz, mostly just because I can. I doubt I'll need it overclocked at all. I refuse to delid it because I can't afford to take a chance of ruining the CPU.

I have the Thermaltake Frio which is compatible with LGA 1151. I also have some extremely good fans on it. I don't know if I can find the link to them anymore, but they're made by Cooler Master, they have a 110 CFM rating and a powerful 5.2 "h20" rating. I'm very happy with them. They are powerful and very quiet as well. So, please don't give me any recommendations for CPU coolers or fans.

So yeah, what are some good TIMs I can buy for overclocking the 8700K?


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MX-4 is cheap and works well. I use it for anything that isn't getting the liquid metal treatment. Best would technically still be liquid metal, though.

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Kryonaut is the best non-metal thermal paste, right now MX-2/4 is the best bang for a buck paste, but anything with a pricetag between these two will basically behave the same.

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MX-4 is cheap and works well. I use it for anything that isn't getting the liquid metal treatment. Best would technically still be liquid metal, though.
LOL

I honestly laughed out loud. You goofball.

Anyway, wow, the MX-4 is still recommended. Awesome. I'll get that then.

Quote: Originally Posted by BroadPwns View Post
Kryonaut is the best non-metal thermal paste, right now MX-2/4 is the best bang for a buck paste, but anything with a pricetag between these two will basically behave the same.
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Probably Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut and Noctua NT-H2 are the two top contenders as the best paste atm.

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Quote: Originally Posted by BroadPwns View Post
Kryonaut is the best non-metal thermal paste, right now MX-2/4 is the best bang for a buck paste, but anything with a pricetag between these two will basically behave the same.
thought it was crap. I've seen no difference between AS5, NTH1 or NTH2 and cryorig CP7 on either CPU or GPU while the kryonaut was 4-5c warmer on the GPU. Its overpriced and not any better than other high end pastes.
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Quote: Originally Posted by poah View Post
thought it was crap. I've seen no difference between AS5, NTH1 or NTH2 and cryorig CP7 on either CPU or GPU while the kryonaut was 4-5c warmer on the GPU. Its overpriced and not any better than other high end pastes.
Interesting. Did you ever use Arctic MX-4?


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thought it was crap. I've seen no difference between AS5, NTH1 or NTH2 and cryorig CP7 on either CPU or GPU while the kryonaut was 4-5c warmer on the GPU. Its overpriced and not any better than other high end pastes.

Maybe try setting fans on same RPM before doing tests.

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