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This really should of gone in the rants section but I thought it would serve a better purpose here.

AS5 IS NOT ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE, whoever spread this lie should be shot, because it seems to of spread around the net like a cancer? Has anyone actually ever tried to transmit a current through the stuff? it won't happen for you, the only traits it has is that it is slightly capacitive, so what? The amounts of capacitance we are talking about here as so miniscule they aren't even worth considering, that dust on your mobo is more likely to cause electrical lines to short. You have more chance of shorting out a part of your mobo by getting a drop of your sweat on it while you are worrying about keeping that dangerous AS5 off of everything.

Has anyone actually done any tests with the stuff to try and cause a problem to happen? Its like when they warn people to not use their mobiles beside petrol pumps... the risks are so miniscule but never the less the companies need to protect themselves from being liable so it warns against even the slightest occurance of something.

This needs to stop now. If someone thinks otherwise,
 

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Have you tested it?
Plug a wire between a battery and a lamp, and connect the ends with as5.
I wanna see some pics if do that.
I would but i ain't got the stuff(this sounded gangsta!)
 

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humm... Any proof ?

EDIT : Oh sorry, didn't see your post...
 

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Atomic Fission can you post a pic?Just in case it's a Global conspiracy.........
 

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Ask a tube to that guy that ordered 10KG of it for a buck.
I don't remember who was.
 

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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
Ask a tube to that guy that ordered 10KG of it for a buck.
I don't remember who was.
Stormlobster? LOL
 

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I've never seen people here say it was conductive. It's general knowledge that it is capacitive though.
Really? and how capacitive is it? and have you ever heard of or had problems with it shorting out anything?

I'm not going to spend a lot of my time searching but here is one of the first thread when I searched that said it is "electrically conductive" i'm sure there are others, as everytime I mention i'm using AS5 somebody says "ohh be careful with that stuff, it can conductive, not just of heat but electricity!!!"
 

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Taken from the Arctic Silver website :
While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.
So I guess, as a safe measure, it's better to still keep it away from any circuit. Or, they are saying this just so that no one goes to bring them to court for misinformation or something...
 

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Attomic Fission has cleared Tha mitH!!!!!!!!
You're now the thermal paste god!
 

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From the website:

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Not Electrically Conductive:
Arctic Silver 5 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
(While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.)
They are just covering their asses should it ever by any chance conduct anything, they have not stated how much capacitance it has because they don't have the figures, its probably so infinitessimally small that to get the kind of charge build up that would cause damage you'd need a 1 kilo blob of it on your mainboard.
 

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Taken from Arcticsilver.com:

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Not Electrically Conductive:
Arctic Silver 5 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
(While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.)

Edit: LOL beat me to it!
 

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My AS5 Theory:
It is electrically conductive... but odds of it happen are infinitesimally small so for all intent and purposes, it is not. (i.e. Physics allows a person to walk through a brick wall but the probability of that happening is nearly infinitesimally small). AS5 supposedly contains silver suspended in a non-conductive compound. This would explain why it is slightly capacitive. Conductor+Insulator+Conductor = Capacitor. If somehow many many of the conductive material separated from the grease or formed a wire inside the grease... it maybe conductive. Again... odds are not even close to likely.

The problem with capacitance is NOT that it will build up a charge. The main issue is that it may disrupt signaling voltages on traces/leads. It would smooth out the high/low signals and cause errors.
 
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