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What is the best performing thermal paste?

  • Arctic Silver 5

    Votes: 18 29.0%
  • IC Diamond 7 Carat

    Votes: 11 17.7%
  • Noctua NT-H1

    Votes: 3 4.8%
  • Gelid GC-1

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Arctic Cooling MX-2

    Votes: 6 9.7%
  • OCZ Freeze

    Votes: 10 16.1%
  • other

    Votes: 14 22.6%

The Best Thermal Paste

2130 Views 35 Replies 36 Participants Last post by  gerikoh
I realize there are many thermal paste comparisons on the web, but I am sure many would like to see the thoughts of the people of OCN on this subject. If the thermal paste you think is best is not listed, tell us about it and include a link if it is rather rare.
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A comparison awhile back said the OCZ freeze performed marginally better than most other TIMs, but it's only by fractions of degrees. I would just go with whatever you can get for cheapest. AS5 is also a popular choice, as is IC7, etc.

Originally Posted by robblizzard
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I think the best is arctic silver 5. thats my opinion.

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wth? where is MX-3? i demand that be put up now!
OCZ Freeze FTW!!!
Shin Etsu X23 7783D is the best-performing traditional paste. Best-performing TIM of any kind would either have to be home-made diamond paste or Indigo Xtreme.
MX-2 for me. Although MX-3 is suppose to barely give you a very slight temp drop over MX-2 but is almost undectable in reality. Other users like OCZ Freez. All of the ones I mentioned are non conductive and give instant gratification due to them not having a cure or break in time before max cooling takes affect like AS5 listed ^ abouve.
Indigo Xtreme.
You want best thermal paste? Here You Go

Lowest temps + no curing time + not electrically conductive = Perfect Thermal Paste
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Arctic Cooling MX-3
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For price to performance, Arctic Silver 5.
Best overall, IC7.
Always used AS5 and always had good temps with it.
Arctic Cooling MX-2 is what I'm using and its working fine so thats what I would say is value for money.
I like Tuniq TX-2. Works great, cheap, non conductive. Everyone should give it a shot if they haven't already.
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