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Mx5 thermal paste good?

EstPort
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Hi,

I'm planning to buy thermal paste for a 3900xt (currently, generic/cheap TP and a year of use) and a laptop (i7 6700hq, stock paste). I heard about this new arctic stuff and I wanted to know how good it is, any issues or should I buy mx4 or noctua?

Thanks 

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mx5 is definitely a good choice imo, i also like thermal grizzly kryonaut, which has worked well for me on cpu's and gpu's, never tried it on a laptop, but i assume it's good for that too.

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iits probably fine, although i think noctua nt-h2 would perform better.

 

ive always used nt-h1 and it always works well, nt-h2 is just a refined version.

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It's been well regarded but there's currently a recall for MX5 thermal paste due to some issues.

 

 

MX4 should be fine.

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MX4, Noctua, Thermal Grizzly, Arctic Silver 5, and many more. I've used a bunch over the years and honestly they all seem to perform within a few degrees of each other assuming your cooling solution is sufficient and your using good TIM. As @Spotty said there was a recent MX5 recall so if you order it the tube you get may be bad. I'd avoid MX5 for at least the next little bit until Arctic works it out.   

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Thanks for your answers, probably I'll go the MX4 route as the NTH2 is like 20 bucks where I live (3.5g)

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As others have said, other than some terrible pastes out there, most are no more than a degree or two apart. A better focus is on one that doesn’t dry out and lasts a long time. MX4 claims to last something like 8 years. I’ve never used it that long, but certainly a few years without any noticeable depreciation in effectiveness.

 

I recently moved and had boxes in unheated storage. I had a tube of MX4 and Noctua Nh2.   I swapped CPUs and needed paste, grabbed the pastes from storage. The Noctua paste froze and was unspreadable even after it thawed. The MX4 was just fine. Not a situation applicable to most people, I found it interesting regardless. 

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21 hours ago, Spotty said:

It's been well regarded but there's currently a recall for MX5 thermal paste due to some issues.

 

 

MX4 should be fine.

Too much flash in that picture.. it did not look like thermal paste on my phone lol..

 

Outside if that.. I personally thought NT-H1 was terrible, AS5 was better.. jmo of course..

 

Right now I really like SYY-157.. it is cheap, and it’s performance is excellent..

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On 1/26/2022 at 8:00 PM, EstPort said:

Hi,

I'm planning to buy thermal paste for a 3900xt (currently, generic/cheap TP and a year of use) and a laptop (i7 6700hq, stock paste). I heard about this new arctic stuff and I wanted to know how good it is, any issues or should I buy mx4 or noctua?

Thanks 

I've had luck with thermal grizzly kryonaut personally. 

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