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    Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    I'm kinda thing of using it on my ps4 but the chance of it shorting and wrecking it kinda scares me. It would be interesting to hear of peoples experiences with the stuff.
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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    As in mercury? I wouldn't go near the stuff.

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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermal-Gri...s=liquid+metal

    I was referring to this stuff. It says " our special mixture of metals like tin, gallium and indium"
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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    I dipped mine in it one time. Hurt like mad and I had trouble explaining it to the nurse...

    more seriously, it is supposed to be reasonable stuff, and somewhere back years ago when I last looked at any of this stuff I think it got good reviews - better than arctic silver, but cost too much to be worth it. I think. Fish out the reviews, they're out there if you seek them.

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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    It works well from what I gather but you need to very careful as it can short things.


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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    It works well from what I gather but you need to very careful as it can short things.
    Yeah thats my fear.
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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    Yeah, I've used Coollaboratory Liquid Pro on several of my rigs. It works great, but even the best TIM will only shave a degree or two off your temps compared to something like MX-2.

    You do have to take care applying it i.e. remove you CPU from the board, just in case of an errant squirt, which would really FUBAR your motherboard.

    IMO it works best applied between the die and IHS on de-lidded CPUs.
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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    Quote Originally Posted by outwar6010 View Post
    I'm kinda thing of using it on my ps4 but the chance of it shorting and wrecking it kinda scares me. It would be interesting to hear of peoples experiences with the stuff.
    If it is the original PS4 then i think it has an Aluminium heatsink, so Liquid metal especially galium will react with aluminium eating through the heatsink.

    If you have a PS4 pro they have a copper heatsink, so works very well with liquid metal and there are videos on how to do it on youtube.

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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    oh yes, RN is right - gallium + aluminium = bad. G eats the grain boundaries of A and it disintegrates like the foil lining coming off the plastic inner off an old pack of polos. So be VERY careful putting it anywhere near aluminium. Stainless steel, etc are fine though. And IIRC the lid of a cpu is stainless right?

    and if that makes no sense, just watch this:

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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    and here's a direct test on a PC heatsink:



    so not much use unless you want to generate your own hydrogen.

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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    I have the ps4 pro. Thanks for that extra bit of info.
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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    and here's an interesting comparison to how mercury affects aluminium. Which is one I wasn't as familiar with.


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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    Fascinating vid, thanks ik

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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    Quote Originally Posted by g8ina View Post
    Fascinating vid, thanks ik
    This one is pretty interesting too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC3o2KgQstA



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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    Some very interesting videos there, they almost look alive or organic but aren't as there metal. anyone find them creepy at all (or is it just me)

    Quote Originally Posted by outwar6010 View Post
    I have the ps4 pro. Thanks for that extra bit of info.
    PS4 Pro then your laughing (But saying that it does have aluminium around the copper base of the heatsink perhaps tape that off too)

    I would just watch a few videos a few times.

    (Use thin insulation tape or clear nail varnish to protect around the GPU and CPU first though.)

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    Re: Has anyone used liquid metal on any of their devices?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravens Nest View Post
    Some very interesting videos there, they almost look alive or organic but aren't as there metal. anyone find them creepy at all (or is it just me)
    well they're metal compounds, so technically salts/redox products. It's like the whole acid:sugar = carbon column reaction. Any reaction that "grows" something has always been fascinating to us because they appear to produce more than what you put in.

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