I am replacing my stock Intel HSF on my e6850 with a Zalman 9700. I know the Zalman comes with its own thermal grease but I was wondering if I would be better suited with using AS5 instead? Any suggestions?
I agree with above posters to just use what comes with the product as the Zalman thermal compound is just fine and performs pretty well.
Just as a side note if you are looking for max possible thermal reduction (short of using metalic compounds which could cause shorts if not used carefully) then use Shin-EtsuMicroSi. As far as regular thermal "pastes" go it's the best by about 2-3C usually. Been using it for about two years now on all my builds both personal and business related.