Alright guys, I've got excellent feedback from these forums before so it's time to ask you guys again!
I just bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler and I was wondering what you guys make of the thermal paste that it comes with? Is it worth me buying another brand or will the CM TP do?
I intend on OC'ing my i5 2500K to around 4.7GHz.
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Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
The stock CM TP is actually better than some other pastes you get out there. I remember buying this CM IceFusion stuff a while ago, and it's absolutely horrible. I used it once on a CPU, the paste set and went hard, the CPU became very hot and when I tried removing the cooler I had to drip alcohol onto the joint as it simply wouldn't come off.
I'm very happy with my 212+ and stock paste, you can use the little tube it comes in about 5~6 times easily, and with my Core 2 Quad overclocked from 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz (everyday, all day) my temps never exceeded 50'C under full load. Use it with confidence!
Supposedly the paste that used to come with the 212+ was good, it was the stuff branded paste or something. I have read since they changed it and the label to CM, it is a lot worse. I think if your going for a decent overclock it's worth buying paste that you know is good for an extra few bucks. I recommend the MX paste, it does a great job and isn't electronically conductive.
I tried both stock paste and arctic silver 5 on my coolermaster 212+. Of course I filled the gaps between the pipes first and used the 3 strip method. At first there was no difference between the two but after a week, I noticed 2 degrees drop. I guess it's a matter of opinion, as I've read in some forums that it's not worth the money to drop one degree or two. I thought it was $11 well-spent.