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Good Thermal Compound/Grease/Paste for 2014

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February 15, 2014 7:56:12 PM

The year is 2014 and some people still recommend me the arctic silver 5 which is already more than 2 years old... not that its not a good thermal compound/grease/paste so there you have it... surely there's another brand or even a new iteration from arctic silver that can give me >20 degrees (seeing linus's video about arctic silver products and the arctic silver 5 giving 15 degrees cooler performance than the stock cooler compound/grease/paste) and also factoring in 2 years worth of technological advancement...
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February 16, 2014 3:25:10 AM

well arctic silver 5 is really nominated i use it also its very good i get like 55c load with hyper evo dont go with any other brands i choose arctic silver 5.
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February 16, 2014 5:19:08 AM

its not that I dislike arctic's products but its just that there must be more out there and 2 years have passed

charts/tables would be most welcome
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February 16, 2014 5:38:04 AM

Arctic mx-4 or mx-2 are good too and more recent.Noctua has it's own cooling paste too,NT-H1 is it called and it's good paste too.
For charts look at reviews,they are there.
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February 16, 2014 7:49:32 AM

Tom's Hardware just did a two-part article on this subject. I'm on a limited time schedule, and don't have them bookmarked, so I can't off-handedly link them, but they are a worthy read.

Anyway, performance-wise, Arctic Silver 5 still is pretty good. So if you still have a tube that is fairly fresh, don't worry about investing in another brand anytime soon. Where most newer thermal compounds have advanced is in the area of being non-capacitive/electrically conductive, and in reducing the cure time. Still, a good number of newer compounds have managed to overtake Arctic Silver 5 in performance, but only by a couple of degrees.

Arctic Cooling MX-4, and Noctua NT-H1, are two good premium thermal compounds I'll openly recommend. I haven't had the privilege of trying any Prolimatech or Zalman compounds, but I know they're fairly good as well. Of course, there is also Arctic Silver's Ceramique 2.
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February 16, 2014 6:12:35 PM

Calculatron said:
Tom's Hardware just did a two-part article on this subject. I'm on a limited time schedule, and don't have them bookmarked, so I can't off-handedly link them, but they are a worthy read.

Anyway, performance-wise, Arctic Silver 5 still is pretty good. So if you still have a tube that is fairly fresh, don't worry about investing in another brand anytime soon. Where most newer thermal compounds have advanced is in the area of being non-capacitive/electrically conductive, and in reducing the cure time. Still, a good number of newer compounds have managed to overtake Arctic Silver 5 in performance, but only by a couple of degrees.

Arctic Cooling MX-4, and Noctua NT-H1, are two good premium thermal compounds I'll openly recommend. I haven't had the privilege of trying any Prolimatech or Zalman compounds, but I know they're fairly good as well. Of course, there is also Arctic Silver's Ceramique 2.


I don't think arctic silver's ceramique 2 isn't for the "usual" computers like me because I think I've read it somewhere that the ceramique performs well when it is in "sub zero" temperatures

and as for tomshardware two part review I think I also did read that one a few weeks back

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-perfo...
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February 16, 2014 6:31:38 PM

I have never heard that before. As far as I know, Ceramique 2 is just a non-capacitive product from Arctic Silver that only has 25 hours of burn-in time, as opposed to 200. It performs on par with Arctic Silver 5; some will say worse, others better.
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February 17, 2014 4:49:54 AM

why are you looking for a new 2014 thermal paste xP
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February 17, 2014 6:28:02 PM

ModernWarfare said:
why are you looking for a new 2014 thermal paste xP


cause I'm looking to replace my stock intel thermal paste?

not to mention MOST reviews are AT LEAST 2 year old...

the logic behind why I'm insistent on looking for a "2013-2014" paste is that we people get old but we also get better with experience... shouldn't the same apply for thermal pastes that are already 2-3 years old from the year it was released? not to mention shouldn't have there been ANY kind of technological advancement/breakthrough during that period?
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