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what Thermal paste should I use?

I need to do some maintenance on my cpu and I'm currently using a H100 liquid cooler from corsair, I was wondering what thermal paste should I use, I been checking on paste and I see there are a lot of choices and some of them are too expensive for like 3g of paste 

 

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2 minutes ago, Goliath002 said:

I need to do some maintenance on my cpu and I'm currently using a H100 liquid cooler from corsair, I was wondering what thermal paste should I use, I been checking on paste and I see there are a lot of choices and some of them are too expensive for like 3g of paste 

 

Sadly all thermal paste is like that tbh. You get just a few grams, for a lot of money.

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I know that but what thermal paste should I use? any brand or is there something I should be looking for?

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Just now, Goliath002 said:

I know that but what thermal paste should I use? any brand or is there something I should be looking for?

Any reputable brand is fine. I use Arctic MX-4.

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Nt-h1s really good, and pretty cheep cpaired to other pastes

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3 minutes ago, HelpfulTechWizard said:

Nt-h1s really good, and pretty cheep cpaired to other pastes

Agree here, Noctua NT-H1 is a pretty good thermal paste. I know on Amazon when I purchased a 10g tube of mine, it was ~$13 at the time back in Oct.2020, so prices and regions may vary. 

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The Noctua NT-H1 looks too expensive Arctic MX-4 is like half price of the Noctua

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5 minutes ago, Goliath002 said:

The Noctua NT-H1 looks too expensive Arctic MX-4 is like half price of the Noctua

In the us on Amazon, I can get nth1 (3.5g) for like 7.50 and mx-4 is 8.80 for 4g

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If you want the best I've found Prolimatech PK-3 Nano to be the best (Outperforms Kryonaut Extreme) but the only place I've found it in stock and cheap is Frozen CPU (5 grams for $14) but I had a good experience with them recently and they have other thermal pastes too. If you want cheap but still good you can't beat Arctic Silver 5 for 3.5 grams @ 6.99 on Amazon...I used it for years until I found Kryonaut Extreme (which I abandoned because it almost caused me to ruin a CPU recently) and AS5 is very easy to use, clean, and it performs very well. I usually use about half a gram per application and that's overkill so 3.5 grams should last a while even if you change it a lot.

 

Edit: I'm using an H115i Pro which is likely the same mount and both AS5 and PK-3 worked great on it.

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TL;DR buy the brand you know because they are all the same. I like EK stuff so i support them by buying their paste.

 

its thermal paste nut unicorn cum just get any one you want. there have been tests done by everyone from LTT to Jay and others. they all preform within the margin of error of each other. the only exception being liquid metal which preforms better but is the most expensive and also can potentially short something if you use too much and it falls off, unlike most non conductive pastes that will be fine if you use too much. there are some that are conductive so just pay attention to that and never apply more than needed anyway because you're quite literally wasting money if you use too much.

 

Also if you are going to get into extreme cooling like nitrogen or helium then you will want something like KPX from kingpin but outside of extreme use case scenarios its all basically the same.

 

Only ones to avoid for paste would be some weird Chinese off brand crap that is sold at insanely low price compared to other brands because its prob not something you want to use.

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1 minute ago, airborne spoon said:

TL;DR buy the brand you know because they are all the same. I like EK stuff so i support them by buying their paste.

 

its thermal paste nut unicorn cum just get any one you want. there have been tests done by everyone from LTT to Jay and others. they all preform within the margin of error of each other. the only exception being liquid metal which preforms better but is the most expensive and also can potentially short something if you use too much and it falls off, unlike most non conductive pastes that will be fine if you use too much. there are some that are conductive so just pay attention to that and never apply more than needed anyway because you're quite literally wasting money if you use too much.

 

Also if you are going to get into extreme cooling like nitrogen or helium then you will want something like KPX from kingpin but outside of extreme use case scenarios its all basically the same.

 

Only ones to avoid for paste would be some weird Chinese off brand crap that is sold at insanely low price compared to other brands because its prob not something you want to use.

Not margin of error but not dramatic either...always within 10c and usually around 2-3c between good and bad. Important if you’re near thermal throttle or if you’re building a silent/low profile machine but for regular setups and AIO systems it’s not a huge deal. My priority is generally how easy it is to use, how long it lasts, and how sticky it gets (as this is the reason my 5800x almost died since my DRP4 pulled it out of the socket despite twisting it first so no more kryonaut extreme for me). 

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On 5/9/2021 at 5:31 PM, Goliath002 said:

The Noctua NT-H1 looks too expensive Arctic MX-4 is like half price of the Noctua

There is almost no difference between the two. Arctic MX-4 is good.

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On 5/10/2021 at 3:39 AM, Goliath002 said:

I need to do some maintenance on my cpu and I'm currently using a H100 liquid cooler from corsair, I was wondering what thermal paste should I use, I been checking on paste and I see there are a lot of choices and some of them are too expensive for like 3g of paste 

 

Thermal grizzly's Kryonaut  worked wonders for me.

Yes, its a bit expensive (atleast for me) but i rarely need to re-apply 😁

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On 5/9/2021 at 11:31 PM, Goliath002 said:

The Noctua NT-H1 looks too expensive Arctic MX-4 is like half price of the Noctua

Can't go wrong with mx-4.. The difference is minuscule

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54 minutes ago, DoctorNick said:

Can't go wrong with mx-4.. The difference is minuscule

On Amazon the MX-5 is cheaper than MX-4 per gram for some reason FYI...

MX-2: $7.99 for 4 Grams

MX-4: $8.99 for 4 Grams and No Free Spatula lol

MX-5: $7.06 for 4 Grams

AS-5: $6.99 for 3.5 Grams (But $15.89 for 12 Grams and $30.99 for 24 for Some Reason!)

 

So if you want a bunch the AS-5 is a steal but the MX-5 seems like the cheapest per gram at small sizes.

 

Edit: Apparently MX-5 has a consistency that's easier to work with than MX-4 (Which is what I weigh the most in my buying decisions followed by performance since they're all close) so MX-5 might be the best bet...I know AS-5 and Prolimatech PK-3 have a good spread and less cling to the CPU which make them very good to use but people are saying MX-5 does the same thing.

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TFX is really good. Best paste I have used so far. I have some in the mail as we speak..

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If not in a hurry, Aliexpress 4 grams of ZF-12 paste (12W/mK) costs under $5 for 8 grams.

But in the case of thermal paste, usually it's a bit of a hurry I guess.

Arctic MX-4 for example is 8.5 W/mK. It's the thermal conductivity.

... but I'm no expert.

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MX-2 has tested better than MX-4 by many people, and it seems to even last longer.

MX-2 was considered long ago to be an AS5 killer, and people really loved this paste. 
Performance was top tier, but the main issue people had was the spreading.  So Arctic Cooling (NOT to be confused with Arctic Silver!!!) made MX-3, which was supposed to be easier to spread and work with than MX-2, but MX-3 turned out to be a complete bust.  So they improved MX-3 with MX-4, but the jury was long out over whether this was an upgrade over MX-2 or not.  Some recent users have tested their old MX-2 on their laptops and found it performs better than MX-4, and even slightly better than MX-5.  The only question is are the current MX-2 batches better than the original ones from years ago?

 

https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-MX-2-2019-Performance-Durability/dp/B07LF1R7T8/

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