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Best thermal compound you'd recommend?

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18 hours ago, aisle9 said:

Until you get up to the liquid metal category, all the good ones are within 1-3C of each other. AS5 shows its age in two key ways: it has a burn-in time of up to 200 hours before it's fully effective, and it's ever so slightly capacitive if you spill some and it bridges current. It's still perfectly good, though, and if it's what you can get your hands on easily you're not missing anything.

 

I just picked up a tube of MX-4 because it's good, it's cheap, it takes years to even start to look like thermal cement, and you can literally paint your motherboard with it without having to worry about shorting anything out. Just avoid the cheap Chinese crap that comes in jars, bottles or syringes the size of a hot dog and costs $2.50 for six metric tonnes of paste and you're good.

Funny story about those: they are highly conductive and will fuck your shit up.

Looks like I will be going with MX-4 Thermal Paste! Thanks all who gave their input! Cheers and a happy new year!

What thermal compound would you guys and gals recommend? I've been using Arctic Silver 5 for years but I'm wondering if there is a better option to go for? 

 

Thanks

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Cryonaut, conductonaut, pretty serious thermal paste by thermal grizzly

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

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I like AS5 well enough, haven't had any reason to switch from it.

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3 minutes ago, 1kv said:

IC Diamond

IC diamond is good and I used to use it without proper coverage on my CPU, it's good to check mounting pressure because it's very viscous, doesn't spread out easily.

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Skill Trident Z RGB - WD SN750 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - Hyper 212 Black (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G3 650W - dual booting Windows 10 and Linux - Black and green theme, Razer brainwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - dark mode Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)

 

How many watts do I need? Seasonic Focus thread, PSU misconceptions, protections explainedgroup reg is bad

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Why bother with thermal compound...
When you can use this
https://www.amazon.com/Innovation-Cooling-Graphite-Thermal-Pad/dp/B07CKVW18G

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MX4

 

no fake marketing on w/mK

not overpriced

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Literally anything 

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2 hours ago, fasauceome said:

Cryonaut, conductonaut, pretty serious thermal paste by thermal grizzly

conductonaut is amazing, but Kryonaut is pretty good too, especially if youre not comfortable with the liquid metal, one of the best non conductive thermal pastes i have used

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3 hours ago, TrinityHigh said:

What thermal compound would you guys and gals recommend? I've been using Arctic Silver 5 for years but I'm wondering if there is a better option to go for? 

Until you get up to the liquid metal category, all the good ones are within 1-3C of each other. AS5 shows its age in two key ways: it has a burn-in time of up to 200 hours before it's fully effective, and it's ever so slightly capacitive if you spill some and it bridges current. It's still perfectly good, though, and if it's what you can get your hands on easily you're not missing anything.

 

I just picked up a tube of MX-4 because it's good, it's cheap, it takes years to even start to look like thermal cement, and you can literally paint your motherboard with it without having to worry about shorting anything out. Just avoid the cheap Chinese crap that comes in jars, bottles or syringes the size of a hot dog and costs $2.50 for six metric tonnes of paste and you're good.

3 hours ago, TetraSky said:

Why bother with thermal compound...
When you can use this
https://www.amazon.com/Innovation-Cooling-Graphite-Thermal-Pad/dp/B07CKVW18G

Funny story about those: they are highly conductive and will fuck your shit up.

Sincerely,

 

me

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18 hours ago, aisle9 said:

Until you get up to the liquid metal category, all the good ones are within 1-3C of each other. AS5 shows its age in two key ways: it has a burn-in time of up to 200 hours before it's fully effective, and it's ever so slightly capacitive if you spill some and it bridges current. It's still perfectly good, though, and if it's what you can get your hands on easily you're not missing anything.

 

I just picked up a tube of MX-4 because it's good, it's cheap, it takes years to even start to look like thermal cement, and you can literally paint your motherboard with it without having to worry about shorting anything out. Just avoid the cheap Chinese crap that comes in jars, bottles or syringes the size of a hot dog and costs $2.50 for six metric tonnes of paste and you're good.

Funny story about those: they are highly conductive and will fuck your shit up.

Looks like I will be going with MX-4 Thermal Paste! Thanks all who gave their input! Cheers and a happy new year!

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