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Is thermal paste worth buying?

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March 18, 2010 10:54:08 PM

Hello

What kind of difference does separate thermal interface material make compared to that which comes supplied with the heatsink? Is it worth spending money on in any situation, or only for extreme overclocking? If so, which particular thermal pastes would you recommend?

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a b K Overclocking
March 18, 2010 11:12:43 PM

the best right now is probably tuniq-tx3.

the stuff that comes pre-applied is usually fine for the job, but decent TIM can drop temps by a few degrees.

not really worth re-applying unless you are already planning on removing the heatsink though.
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a b K Overclocking
March 19, 2010 12:01:14 AM

Sometimes the thermal compound that comes with a cpu heatsink is very good and sometimes it isn't. try the stock thermal compound first. If results are not satisfactory, then try a third party compound. That's one of the fun things about building your pc. You can experiment to find out what works best for you.

The last time I looked there were over 80 brands of thermal compounds in a variety of categories. Just about all of the veterans have their own personal favorites. For example, I have had very good luck with IC 7 Carat Diamond while another veteran may swear by Arctic Silver MX3. If six veterans posted their preference I would not be surprised if each one preferred a different compound.

I absolutely, positively, 100% guarantee individual results will vary! :D 
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a b K Overclocking
March 19, 2010 12:31:48 AM

OCZ Freeze is my preference and artic silver is my second choice.
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March 26, 2010 2:48:04 PM

Best answer selected by iooioio.
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