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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo w/ Arctic Mx-2 question.

I just finished installing the fan as instructed via video and the manual. However, I'm not seeing any real difference in cooling performance. The fan is running at max rpm and facing the correct way. The thermal paste is supposed to make it around 10C cooler, but I've only 2C drop since before installing the cooler and paste. I did wipe the previous paste off the CPU with Isopropyl alcohol to get rid of the existing glue. I was running on AMD Turbo Core before and after, so that shouldn't affect it. Does it take time to work or did I do something incorrectly?

Further detail:

Fan facing towards RAM like shown in the manual and on the video.

I put a pea-size droplet of the MX-2 Compound and the heat speaker spread it around. There might be a bit on the edge but it's not enough to slip down the side (mainly to the fact that I had issues with the retention bracket.

It was around 42-45C before install and it's pretty steady at 39C when typing, but I'm pretty sure it would should up to 42-45 if I was doing intensive things.

So any clues/thoughts on this? Am I expecting too much of this? I was expecting atleast 10C drop between the paste and the cooler, but 5C at idle is a bit unsatisfying. Does the paste take time to kick in?

Thanks for any help.
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  1. Can you provide the CPU, MB, case, PSU make/model for us? Is the CPU OC'd? Does the case have good air flow?
  2. 45C for a near-max load is actually pretty good.
  3. The mx4 I'm using takes some time to get to it's full efficiency.
  4. Best answer
    Unlike Arctic Silver 5, MX-4 needs no break-in period. But you may experience slightly better thermals after a few days of heavy CPU usage.
    And MX-4 is not electrically conductive if it accidentally contacts electrical components.
    But your load temps are nothing to be concerned about.
  5. clutchc said:
    Unlike Arctic Silver 5, MX-4 needs no break-in period. But you may experience slightly better thermals after a few days of heavy CPU usage.
    And MX-4 is not electrically conductive if it accidentally contacts electrical components.
    But your load temps are nothing to be concerned about.


    Hmm, that's interesting as my temps went down by about 5 degrees in the first week of use, after settling on a voltage.

    Good to know, thanks!
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