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Thermal Compound/Prime95 Question

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May 10, 2012 3:57:38 AM

If I apply Arctic Silver 5 between my clean CPU and HS/F, how long do I need to let it 'age' before I can OC and run stress tests using Prime95? I've read that AS5 require a long break-in period of rising and falling temps before it is at its best.

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May 10, 2012 5:37:43 AM

Supposedly, the curing time is "up to" 200 hours, but there will only be maybe a 1-3C difference. Personally, I've only ever seen a 1-2C difference in my own experience. I'd say you're free to stress test all you want, and actually stress testing can be a good thing, since that takes the temps up enough to allow the AS5 to go through temp cycles (may speed up curing time).
May 10, 2012 1:44:52 PM

Good point about the stress testing helping the AS5 go thru temp cycles. I hadn't thought about that. OK. Thanks.
May 17, 2012 1:02:03 AM

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