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fastest method to cure thermal paste?

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September 22, 2008 8:08:35 AM

I'm trying to get baseline idle/load temps as quickly as possible, so I want to cure the TIM efficiently. today, what I did was run the everest stress test for 10 minutes, turn it off with a fan pointed at the side vent, and turn it back on, run another 10 minutes, etc.

i *think* i've gotten it cured in about 8 hours. the temps are holding steady at 53C load (down from 57C earlier in the day.) But, i'm not sure if I need to keep going or this is as far as it will go.

any other method or system to cure TIM?

tia
September 22, 2008 8:33:49 AM

It depends on the TIM you used, AS5 has a cure time of ~200hours if i remember correctly. Just leave your pc on for a few days, that should do it
September 22, 2008 11:16:27 AM

doesn't as5 require 200 hours of heat and cold cycles to cure? not 200 hours of heat?
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September 22, 2008 11:24:27 AM

eklipz330 said:
doesn't as5 require 200 hours of heat and cold cycles to cure? not 200 hours of heat?

yes.

Prime(or fold) at day, off at night for a week :) 
September 22, 2008 11:51:30 AM

Folding at home works well to get some heat going. I think if you do it off and on for like 10 days you should hit the time you need for Arctic Silver. As a bonus, you can help fold protein.
September 22, 2008 1:10:53 PM

i dont wait for it to cure. 1-3C drop is not worth "waiting" if you know wha it mean.
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September 22, 2008 4:36:46 PM



Very few need a cure time, you didn't state what paste you had.

MX-2 has no cure time and is one of the top TIM pastes.
September 22, 2008 4:42:09 PM

Hmm, that sounds nasty, try penicillin...
September 22, 2008 7:51:10 PM

my tim's in the sig. :) 

as5 is the one that recommends a 50-200 hour cure, but some people say 40 thermal cycles. but, i read another article that says thermal cycling is only necessary until you don't get lower temps anymore. ic doesn't recommend a specific cure time.

the way i did it seemed to work, but i won't know for sure until the ambient is the same as last night. right now it's 2C cooler.

[edit] early morning results
(system and settings in sig, CnQ on, Cnq Voltage = 1.06v, temps measured with speedfan, checked against everest. everest "stress cpu" used for load.)

......................................Last night..................Today
Room temp.....................30-30.5C....................28C
Case temp load...............41C...........................39C
Case Temp idle................38C...........................36C
Idle @ 1.06v....................38-39C......................36-37C
Load @ 1.33v...................54C...........................52C

Last night the load temp went as high as 57, and then settled towards 54 before bedtime. I think that was the jump that showed it was curing/cured. but, this is just my first run with everest today, 26 minutes in.

i'm not all that concerned with lowering temps, as my mobo/bios can only be set at 1.33v vcore, max, and i can't overclock any higher. i just want the tim to get to normal.
September 22, 2008 8:45:06 PM

i dont think it has changed at all.because the ambient temp drop and the percentage of temp drop for the system is the same.so i think its "cured" or cant do any better.
September 22, 2008 10:06:28 PM

yeah, it doesn't seem to be changing anymore. it's so hard to tell since case air temp seems to set the lower limit for idle temp, and the smallest measurement i can get with speedfan is .5C.

September 22, 2008 10:16:01 PM

ok, i'm still apparently getting gains. now the case temp is 40C, but the cpu temp is hovering at 53.5.

i'm gonna walk my dog and let it heat up some more.
September 23, 2008 12:09:59 AM

ok, I did one more cooldown cycle, and i think it's finished curing. by using case ambient as the baseline, i'm getting these temperatures:
Idle = 0-1C over case ambient
Load (165w, 1.33v, 2.880 ghz) = 14C over ambient.

even if it's going to cure more, i can't measure it.
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