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06-28-2010 06:38 PM
BriSleep
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Originally Posted by BADFASTBUSA View Post
I have always liked OCZ Freeze the best out of all of them I have used, and I have used all of them LOL
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Originally Posted by Ckaz View Post
how long is the curing time for IC7
It's initial cure is within 2 hours. If you've used it you know this stuff is thick as tar so just using the drop method doesn't always work, it depends on what you're putting it on. A large GPU, spread a thin layer then put 3 drops on and apply up to 50lbs pressure, usually the pressure the screws apply.

Total cure can take up to a week. I saw initial temp drops of 7c over the first few hours when I put it on one of my Gtx 480's. After a week it had dropped another 3-4c.

This is thier application instruction: http://innovationcooling.com/applica...structions.htm

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Originally Posted by jimibgood View Post
I think nothing. It is pretty thick. I saw 3-5 temp drops immediately but I forget the exat temp drop due to brain freeze.

Bad if you used IC7, you would not use anything else my friend. It smokes freeze.
Actually on the IC Diamond website there are plenty of comparison charts.

OCZ Freeze "Extreme" and IC Diamond there is only about .7c difference.

AS5 and IC diamond there is a 1.5c difference.

MX-2 and IC Diamond is a 2c difference. That's MX-2 though. I'm testing MX-3 and there doesn't seem to be much of a difference at all. My tests aren't done though. I will be removing the MX-3 and applying IC Diamond, then we'll see if there is a difference.

Charts are from Innovation Cooling and HWReviewlabs.
01-12-2010 04:28 PM
Zoomer Used the plastic baggy + finger method for spreading AS5, works great for me. Maybe in a year I'll switch out for a better paste (since AS reccomends doing that once a year anyway....).

Not liking the cure time too much though, but it won't make a huge difference. XD
01-10-2010 01:16 PM
Ism Good ol Artic silver 5 has never failed me. Just my $0.02
01-10-2010 12:51 PM
Jplaz http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...&limitstart=12
Not sure if someone posted this but check it.
01-10-2010 12:44 PM
pzyko80 ive used shin etsu or mx depending on what I can get my hands on in my opinion as5 got dethroned long ago but like mentioned these two are on the top atm hope this helps

EDIT: ive always used the dot method btw
01-10-2010 12:40 PM
MoBeeJ Coollab liquid metal pro.
The best
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01-10-2010 11:53 AM
bk7794
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Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp View Post
I'm going to elaborate on pea-sized dot in the center vs. manually spreading, so this is put to bed (but probably not for very long):

Spreading it yourself does NOT guarantee an even spread, even if you think you've done it right. It doesn't matter what tool you used to spread it manually, there will always be discrepancies in how thin the coat is in one spot vs. in another spot x amount of millimeters away, even if you made every effort to be as even as possible. As I said before it also carries the risk of air bubbles, even ones you can't see, which is obviously detrimental to the performance of the material (and to an extent, defeats the purpose of it). This risk is carried no matter what tool you use, but it's readily evident if you use the plastic baggie method, since the surface of a plastic bag is extremely malleable and, wrapped around a finger, CANNOT be completely smooth unless you've just taken it out of the box or roll; even then it'll change as you form it around your finger and lose the smoothness.

These issues are all avoided with putting a pea-sized dot of TIM in the center of the CPU's IHS, and then letting your cooler or water block spread it (though there is still a very minute risk of air bubbles, it's rare if you're careful), and will always yield a more even and consistent spread; however the gain in temps between application methods may not always be obvious. Note that with HDT (heatpipe direct touch) coolers like my own Thor's Hammer, the best application method is still a single line between each heatpipe; Benchmark Reviews showed this some time ago with the HDT-S1283 and it's very clear that this yields the best spread with that type of cooler.
this. Rep + I just reseated it using the hs method and Im getting much better temps... well was
01-09-2010 11:37 PM
Chunky_Chimp I'm going to elaborate on pea-sized dot in the center vs. manually spreading, so this is put to bed (but probably not for very long):

Spreading it yourself does NOT guarantee an even spread, even if you think you've done it right. It doesn't matter what tool you used to spread it manually, there will always be discrepancies in how thin the coat is in one spot vs. in another spot x amount of millimeters away, even if you made every effort to be as even as possible. As I said before it also carries the risk of air bubbles, even ones you can't see, which is obviously detrimental to the performance of the material (and to an extent, defeats the purpose of it). This risk is carried no matter what tool you use, but it's readily evident if you use the plastic baggie method, since the surface of a plastic bag is extremely malleable and, wrapped around a finger, CANNOT be completely smooth unless you've just taken it out of the box or roll; even then it'll change as you form it around your finger and lose the smoothness.

These issues are all avoided with putting a pea-sized dot of TIM in the center of the CPU's IHS, and then letting your cooler or water block spread it (though there is still a very minute risk of air bubbles, it's rare if you're careful), and will always yield a more even and consistent spread; however the gain in temps between application methods may not always be obvious. Note that with HDT (heatpipe direct touch) coolers like my own Thor's Hammer, the best application method is still a single line between each heatpipe; Benchmark Reviews showed this some time ago with the HDT-S1283 and it's very clear that this yields the best spread with that type of cooler.
01-09-2010 11:36 PM
jimibgood
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Originally Posted by Ckaz View Post
how long is the curing time for IC7

I think nothing. It is pretty thick. I saw 3-5 temp drops immediately but I forget the exat temp drop due to brain freeze.

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Originally Posted by BADFASTBUSA View Post
I have always liked OCZ Freeze the best out of all of them I have used, and I have used all of them LOL

Bad if you used IC7, you would not use anything else my friend. It smokes freeze.
01-09-2010 11:31 PM
Ckaz how long is the curing time for IC7
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