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"Good" thermal paste
07-05-2012, 12:20 PM,
#1
Question  "Good" thermal paste
Hello All,

I'll be starting my tier 6/7 gaming build soon and because I've had all the parts for a few days now but no chunk of time to get started I'm obviously over-thinking stuff! Big Grin

I have the Havik 140 heatsink/cooler. It comes with its own paste. I believe it's some NZXT brand paste. Should I just use that?

Or is Arctic Silver better to use? I've been reading good things about IC Diamond 7 Carat as well.

Any other pastes out there that are better? Or is this one of those situations where if you install and apply parts the way you should, you'll be fine with whatever?

Also, I'm using the i5-3570k cpu - What thermal compound application process would you guys recommend? I'm thinking of dropping a beebie/small pea-sized amount on there and letting the Havik do the spreading for me by placing it directly on to the cpu.

Sorry if this has been asked 100 times already.
Thanks!

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07-05-2012, 01:05 PM,
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RE: "Good" thermal paste
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/T...012/1490/5

Here's a great place to start. Generally,

Standalone Paste>>>>Paste that comes with aftermarket fans>>>Paste that comes with stock fan
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07-05-2012, 01:32 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-05-2012, 01:33 PM by Pineappl.)
#3
RE: "Good" thermal paste
If you read the bottom graph, they list some hilarious stuff like using chocolate, lipstick, butter, toothpaste. According to the chart, mayonnaise is just as good as IC Diamond Carat 7. That's so funny.
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07-05-2012, 01:47 PM,
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RE: "Good" thermal paste
(07-05-2012, 01:32 PM)Pineappl Wrote: If you read the bottom graph, they list some hilarious stuff like using chocolate, lipstick, butter, toothpaste. According to the chart, mayonnaise is just as good as IC Diamond Carat 7. That's so funny.

yep, looks like diaper ointment is just as good as any thermal paste. lol

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07-05-2012, 11:22 PM,
#5
RE: "Good" thermal paste
I wonder why chocolate performs worse than no thermal paste at all? It must trap heat rather than conduct it. It's weird that it's the only tested substance that does so.

Maybe we shouldn't have laughed at the guy who asked if he should use butter a couple weeks ago...
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07-06-2012, 01:44 AM,
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Re: RE: "Good" thermal paste
(07-05-2012, 11:22 PM)Phyrre56 Wrote: Maybe we shouldn't have laughed at the guy who asked if he should use butter a couple weeks ago...

I was just thinking that. Lol

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07-06-2012, 08:52 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-06-2012, 09:20 AM by Andrebone.)
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RE: "Good" thermal paste
ichigeki,

That site is very informative and fun to read too. Thank you.
I love how they're disappointed with the diaper ointment:

"About the diaper ointment, we expected more performance from it, since zinc oxide seemed to be a good heat conductor."

And pumped on mayo:

"Mayonnaise continues to be the best "alternative" thermal grease!"
Wow, just noticed this too:

-Butter
and then
-Butter (12h later)

These guys are intense!
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07-06-2012, 10:05 AM,
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RE: "Good" thermal paste
Yea, its a fun article. Most people are too bland when they write stuff that's why nobody reads them hah. This is learning at its best. Someday I want to try it with Jagermeister.
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07-06-2012, 01:42 PM,
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RE: "Good" thermal paste
(07-05-2012, 01:05 PM)ichigeki Wrote: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/T...012/1490/5

Here's a great place to start. Generally,

Standalone Paste>>>>Paste that comes with aftermarket fans>>>Paste that comes with stock fan

Completely wrong. The Intel stock fan comes with excellent thermal paste and many CPU coolers also come with excellent thermal paste that may be better than many aftermarket options.
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07-06-2012, 04:27 PM,
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RE: "Good" thermal paste
(07-06-2012, 01:42 PM)Brian Wrote:
(07-05-2012, 01:05 PM)ichigeki Wrote: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/T...012/1490/5

Here's a great place to start. Generally,

Standalone Paste>>>>Paste that comes with aftermarket fans>>>Paste that comes with stock fan

Completely wrong. The Intel stock fan comes with excellent thermal paste and many CPU coolers also come with excellent thermal paste that may be better than many aftermarket options.

The margins are very close and true, stock paste is already very good. I haven't done any benchmarks myself, but of the benchmarks done, aftermarkets almost always take first.

Also, imo, placing thermal paste yourself whether its standalone or with an aftermarket fan is more effective as sometimes stock fans are overloaded with thermal paste.
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