Hi there everyone,
I thought to create a new thread for this, simply because I have been appalled by what Antec are offering with their 920 Kühler.
I've always wondered why my temps were so high, and more so at the clock speed and voltage that I'm at, couldn't quite correlate the two together.
I thus got some Arctic Silver cleaner:
And had a 2 year old tube of Arctic MX-2 lying around:
I have to say the installation of the Antec 920 is an absolute pain - for a guide on that go here:
I again got frustrated mounting the Antec 920 back on.
Anyway, with that aside, here are the results, and pictures:First of all the temps of an IBT run whilst having the stock antec paste (expected results):Secondly, the temps of an IBT run, whilst having the ARCTIC MX-2 paste:
As you can see there is a difference between the two - that might not seem like a huge difference for some, but for me that's a huge difference, as I'm not hitting the 90's.
My processor is the I7 3770K (in the UK that's a £255 processor).
Why I'm I telling you this?
Simple - the antec wasn't smooth and because of it, it has chipped the IHS of my I7 3770K. Now I don't think it is something to be greatly worried about, as even the IHS could do with some sanding, and not affect performance. But why should a liquid cooler, design for processors, CHIP my darn £255 CPU!?
The antec 920 seems to have been "laced" with no smooth surface. There is an actual ENGRAVED mark on the Antec 920 cooler.
Something I would have NEVER noticed, simply due to the thermal paste being over it. This, alongside the pressure it is pressed against the CPU, is what has caused the chip.Here's the dried up paste on the cooler:A cleaned Antec cooler unit - notice the scratch on it:Here's my CPU - with no paste on it - no I haven't cleaned at this point, just lifted the Antec off it. Almost non-existent thermal paste!A nice and clean CPU, but notice the chip on the IHS:Putting the Arctic cleaning to apply paste to the CPU:MX-2 thermal paste - line method used - vertical line down the die:After a lot of struggle, the Antec 920 seated back in:
BEWARE and make sure you check the surface of the Antec 920.
I'm no pro, nor someone with a heck load of experience, but I know my way around a few things, and hope this post has given some insight, to what's regarded as one of the best liquid coolers on the market.
In all honesty, I now regret not spending an extra few pounds and getting the Corsair H100i (I have a LOT of corsair parts in my computer lol)