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    whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    gonna be making a few builds and redoing my laptops thermal pastes aswell with whatever is the current best performing paste

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    Personally I think they are all pretty much of a muchness. If there was an outstanding 'best' it would be market leader and none of the others would sell.

    For reference I prefer one that isn't electrically conductive, but other than that - choose the best value for money.

    However, Im sure you will get replies from many stating that "brand xx loaded with rare earth metals", is best, but only if it applied on the night of a full moon when there isn't an r in the month, using a spatula heated to a temperature of 53.785C.
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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    The Noctua NT-H1 is supposed to be very good, as is the Arctic Silver 5. Thermalright Chill Factor 2 is also decent. And the diamond dust stuff is pretty good too.

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    lolol

    nice replies guys

    i know theres not a huge difference but was just wondering what the general thought was last stuf i used was shin etsu but it was a nightmare to apply

    but i will jus read around see whats what on some review sites

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    Arctic silver 5 and Arctic Cooling's mx2 are both easy to apply. Think I got the same temps with both.

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    MX2 was cheap when I bought it - seemed to do the job. (I think someone did a test with peanut butter - but obviously not the crunchy kind)
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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    IMHO Noctua NH-T1 and Shin Etsu G751 are among the best thermal compounds I have used and I have tried many different ones in the last few years. However even if you use decent thermal but add too much of it you will have poor thermal performance. Hence I think that Zalman ZM-STG1 is also worth a mention as it is very easy to apply in thin uniform layers using the supplied brush.
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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    MX2 was cheap when I bought it - seemed to do the job. (I think someone did a test with peanut butter - but obviously not the crunchy kind)
    isn't that the review that used toothpaste as well?
    Or if not there was another one that used toothpaste and some other household item, they both actually worked very well at first, however they quickly dried out and didn't work so well.

    Main thing to look at is viscosity and how smooth the surfaces are, the smoother the surface the better a more runny paste works, with rougher surfaces more viscous pastes work better.

    I've been using the Zalman stuff, comes in a little bottle with a brush, like nail varnish, it's not one of the "top" pastes however the brush makes it very easy to apply a thin coat.

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    Some of my results before i upgraded to i5

    CPU: AMD AthlonX2 6400+BE
    Cooler: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
    Ambient: 22.4c

    OCZ 5+ (in other words AS5 )
    Idle: 27c
    Load: 47c

    The chill factor
    Idle: 27c
    Load: 48c

    Ceramique
    Idle: 26c
    Load: 46c

    NT-H1
    Idle: 25c
    Load: 46c

    ICD instant temps (i.e. no cure time [they reckon no curing is needed])
    Idle: 26c
    Load: 47c

    ICD 1 week cure time
    Idle: 25c
    Load: 45c

    So even though ICD performs better, i'd just go with NT-H1 or Ceramique, both are non-conductive and both perform amicably , plus both are cheaper...
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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    Mmm this website http://www.dansdata.com/goop.htm seems to be coming up a lot here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lego batman View Post
    Mmm this website http://www.dansdata.com/goop.htm seems to be coming up a lot here!
    Things have moved on in 8 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lego batman View Post
    Mmm this website http://www.dansdata.com/goop.htm seems to be coming up a lot here!
    Ahh that was the toothpaste one and vegimite


    Here we go, 80 pastes compaired in june 2009
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=150&Itemid=62

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by weebroonieuk View Post
    gonna be making a few builds and redoing my laptops thermal pastes aswell with whatever is the current best performing paste
    Thanks - just the question I wanted to ask, but didn't dare in case someone had asked recently!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Ahh that was the toothpaste one and vegimite


    Here we go, 80 pastes compaired in june 2009
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=150&Itemid=62
    Thank you Pob - that link provides the best answer possible.

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    Yeah that benchmark reviews is the one I used. Get a 12g tube of arctic silver 5 as it works out cheaper

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    Re: whats the verdict on the best thermal paste these days?

    I dont bother going all out on the stuff over 1-2c, i used to but its just really not worth it. Get whatever is the best value (price/gram) and put it out of your mind. As long as you know not to trust stock stuff with a high end overclocked build, there are much more important things involved in building a PC.

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