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    Thermal Paste

    Guys, quick question on this topic...

    Do I go for this new 'Artic Silver 5' or for the 'Artic Silver Ceramic'

    The processor for the stuff to be used on is the AMD x2 4400...

    Thoughts? Opinion? Suggestions? and the alikes...

    Raf

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    If your worried about getting thermal paste everywhere, then used arctic silver ceramique, because arctic silver 5 is slightly conductive. However if your competent in the use of thermal pastes, then get AS5

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    I would say arctic silver ceramique.. they sell for £8 for a syringe of 22g at overclock.co.uk.. more than u ever need. They're not that much different to AS5 in terms of real life performance. I use AS5 only for my CPU, and yes.. if ur competent enuf not to smear it around them capacitors, go for it...
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    Vegemite

    Seriously, even normal ceramic electrical thermal paste is good enough, you don't need specially designed for CPU stuff.

    So to answer the question, which ever is cheapest

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    vegemite goes well until it runs dry... and u can pretty much say bye bye to your headspreader thanks to the amount of salt in it..

    cheapest may not be the greatest... u cud just settle for cheaper alternatives like ceramique or them akasa shinetsu..
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    I use AS5, but I've just ran out so will have to get some more. I'll probably go with AS5 again, but I'm not that bothered about what I get, as long as it does the job.

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    AS5 or nanotherm stuff

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    Hmm, Too many with AS5 and too many with ASC..

    I dont know which to choose!!
    Ok, is there any advantages in one another...??

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    not really in terms of real world performance.. 1 - 2 degrees at the most..

    Unless ur running quality heatsinks with massive overclocks, I'd say u'd barely even see any difference..
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    The difference is that the Ceramique can be used sub zero so in extreme cooling it's probably the only thing used (iirc)

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    I use Ceramique as I was hopeless at using AS3 (spreading over). I will stick with it as I do sometimes get the paste on the capacitors.

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    Actually you dont have to spread the AS5 if you using any CPU with an IHS. Just put a grain like amount and use the HS to spread it for you.

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    Oh ok, most of the issues go around the fact that it can get messy using standard artic silver.. its only a quid difference so i guess i'll go for the ceramic..

    i just really want to know if these two contenders have a performance difference..
    im not in major overclocking or extreme cooling, would want a quick overclock yes, but nothing major.. was just worried one had a better performance gap.. even with that 1 or 2c.. just wanted to see if the cermaic had justice in the pound u pay more..

    thanks pals..

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    No, there is no significant performance difference. Some tests show a small variation, but it isn't statistically significant from what I've seen. The cermic will be (not significantly) less conductive than the silver. But so would normal electrical componant ceramic based heat paste.

    And agreed about the spreading. You shouldn't spread it over the chip yourself. You put a dab in the middle of the chip and the heatsink will spread it correctly.

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    So what happens if you have too much on CPU?

    More like what if you've out some on heatsink and cleared using lint free cloth like it's recommended on AS5 site.... and then put a bit in the middle on CPU with a 'few more bits on CPU' ..... question i'm asking is can you overdo it and put too much...

    If so is this BAD? (better for me to start again ?? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel
    No, there is no significant performance difference. Some tests show a small variation, but it isn't statistically significant from what I've seen. The cermic will be (not significantly) less conductive than the silver. But so would normal electrical componant ceramic based heat paste.
    There is a difference and it isn't statistical, I know that from my own experience with AS5 and Ceramique. I just took the heatspreader off my Opteron 144 and it was a bit timid the first time i tried it out so used ceramique. Load temps were 39c

    I then left it for about a week and there was no change so cleaned it all off and changed to AS5. Load temps were 38c straight away and after a few days dropped to 37c. AS5 takes something like 200hrs of use plus the computer going on and off to make it "bed in".

    Check some reviews here:
    http://www.pcmoddingmy.com/content.php?review.82.0
    http://www.modsynergy.com/review109.htm

    Also AS5 isn't conductive, its actually capacitative. Not that thats a particularily good thing but unless you have no coordination at all then I wouldn't worry about

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