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soambiatch August 6, 2010 09:06 PM

Arctic Silver 5 and mx-2
Hello, would a mixture of Arctic Silver 5 and MX-2 have any performance on cooling ? I know the quistion sounds nutz ,but ,just wondering if anyone has ever mixed thermal compound with two different brands ,for example ( Arctic Silver 5 and MX-2 ),and had any good or bad experiences with mixing thermal compound ?
Thanks ,

_dangtx_ August 6, 2010 09:10 PM

not knowing what the chemically active? perhaps result would be? i wouldnt intentionally try it

Zero82z August 6, 2010 09:36 PM

Don't mix. Use one or the other.

soambiatch August 8, 2010 01:53 PM

Thanks , I'll just stay with one compound

Delavan August 8, 2010 02:12 PM

MX-2 is non-conductive, AS5 is...Your pick.

You can find reviews on multiple thermal compounds, the conclusion is: They mostly end up being the same performance wize. OK OK fluctuation of a few degrees that's it. Shin Etsu is apparently great. HWC sells some diamond-based stuff I think, must be good stuff.

Some are thicker than others, some are conductive some are not.
I doubt you'll come up with a better recipe than what's out there.

I like MX2 myself. Spreads easy, no curing time, doesn't conduct electricity...

Zero82z August 8, 2010 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by Delavan (Post 413066)
MX-2 is non-conductive, AS5 is...Your pick.

AS5 is not conductive. None of the mainstream thermal compounds are.

enaberif August 8, 2010 09:41 PM

Shin Etsu is next to impossible to ever get.

The ic7 stuff isn't really popular due to its consistency when being applied.

I like MX-2 but have yet to try MX-3

dustin1706 August 8, 2010 09:45 PM

I have been using AS5 in the past, but I have come to prefer MX-2 due to it being thinner. I always buy the 30g tubes

_dangtx_ August 8, 2010 10:03 PM

hmm..artic silver did have a compound that was conductive, mustve been #3?

edit. anyone else tried their matrix?

Arctic Silver Incorporated - Matrix

SugarJ August 8, 2010 10:49 PM

I'm on my second tube of MX-3. It picked up a degree or 2 on the MX-2, same workability as far as I remember. It's good stuff.

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