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Is there really a difference between Corsair’s different thermal pastes

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I was in Best Buy the other day and noticed that Corsair has 3 different thermal pastes, the TM30, XTM50, and XTM70. Does anyone know if there is really a difference in cooling performance between these?

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12 minutes ago, weaselfinder said:

I was in Best Buy the other day and noticed that Corsair has 3 different thermal pastes, the TM30, XTM50, and XTM70. Does anyone know if there is really a difference in cooling performance between these?

I'd say no, not really.  Maybe 2-3 degrees at the most.

 

You can read about the difference here between the TM30 and XTM50.

https://www.electronicshub.org/xtm50-vs-tm30/

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20 minutes ago, weaselfinder said:

I was in Best Buy the other day and noticed that Corsair has 3 different thermal pastes, the TM30, XTM50, and XTM70. Does anyone know if there is really a difference in cooling performance between these?

I won't get TP from Corsair, I use Arctic or Thermal Grizzly

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Having used tm30 and xtm-50, the difference is marginal, I measured about 3-4°C on CPU. Nothing to write home about. So far the xtm-50 though has stayed liquidy longer than the 30, so maybe that is something that matters to you?

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1 hour ago, weaselfinder said:

I was in Best Buy the other day and noticed that Corsair has 3 different thermal pastes, the TM30, XTM50, and XTM70. Does anyone know if there is really a difference in cooling performance between these?

Try Arctic MX-4 or MX-6. It is a good value 

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The differences between major brands are... minimal. 

 

https://www.tomshardware.com/best-picks/best-thermal-paste

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they're different composition, that's why they're different products.. but other than that, the difference is neglible.

 

i'm still rocking my 20ml tube of arctic MX-4 i bought nearly a decade ago...

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Corsair's product TM30 is not particularly performant, with a temperature about 12C greater than many other products. You can refer to the TH article provided by GS above. I would also look at other sources that rate TIMs than rely solely on TH.

 

Honestly, there are a lot of TIMs that are very close to each other in terms of performance, and some of the most popular have not been tested by TH, even though they've been requested. The excuse is that there are so many, which is true, but to ignore some of the most popular...?


For example, Honeywell PTM7950 and PTM7958 (which is more expensive for not much more performance) are very performant and long-lasting but not cheap, and TG Kryosheet, which is arguably the best when you consider longevity, price and performance.

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