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I'm looking to possibly change my CPU air cooler with a better one and i have done some research and i cant decide on what the best thermal paste is. I have seen people say noctua NT-H2 is the best while others say the best is arctic silver 5 but the best could be some brand I have not heard of. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Arctic Silver 5 is an old paste that has been around for years. There are other pastes out there such as the one you mentioned but Noctua's NT-H1 is also really good as well as Thermal Grizzly's Kryonaut.

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If you watch comparison reviews, the difference between the range of 'high end' pastes is minimal, and variations are more influenced by mounting errors that the kind of paste used.

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Thanks for the help. I will then just use arctic silver 5 since i already have some that's only 1 year old.

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1 hour ago, YoungPaladin said:

some that's only 1 year old

Might be worth picking up something new.

If it has experienced temperature fluctuations, it might have separated some which could lead to poor results.

For no more than a small tube of new stuff costs, i would grab something new, at least if you are ordering new parts, throw some thermal paste in with it.

That and your CPU cooler very well may come with something pre-applied so that might just be something to look into.

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