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Old March 26, 2013, 07:11 PM
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I have been using IC diamond 24 for a long time now and it works great. I really like it, except it leaves marks on the cpu itself and it is hard to apply. And not to mention costs me like 30 bucks each time. I would like something that wont fry my board if i get some on the motherboard itself by accident and is really good.

AKG what do you think sir? What is it that you like? Please recommend folks. Thank you.
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Old March 26, 2013, 08:19 PM
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I personally use plain old TIM from Active electronics and I have for many years I believe that out of all the different types on the market that there might be a couple of degrees variation and as much as I like to think that I am a enthusiast in this hobby I just don't worry about every last deg I can squeeze out of it...

here is a review of a few and as you can see as long as your not using chocolate you will be with in the top tier...
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Old March 27, 2013, 02:31 AM
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isn't MX4 widely regarded as the 'best' 'non-exotic' TC? alternatives include noctua's
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Old March 27, 2013, 04:04 AM
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I personally use plain old TIM from Active electronics and I have for many years I believe that out of all the different types on the market that there might be a couple of degrees variation and as much as I like to think that I am a enthusiast in this hobby I just don't worry about every last deg I can squeeze out of it...

here is a review of a few and as you can see as long as your not using chocolate you will be with in the top tier...

SEEMS the testing is fixed for the room temp vari's from 12c - 26c

really 12c for a room
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Old March 27, 2013, 04:07 AM
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I'm still using one of those monster sized MX-2 tubes. :)

Easy to apply and while it may not be the top performer, it's no slouch either.
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Here's a recent comparison done by der8auer from hwbot [eXtreme-roundup] 26 Thermal Compounds tested - hwbot.org
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Old March 27, 2013, 05:42 AM
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I like noctua nh1. It's not expensive, you don't need to dope the surface and it's the easiest install i have had for TIM.

It's really viscous and has a ton of surface tension so it "spreads itself" when you apply the pressure from the heatsink.

It also doesn't have a burn in time.
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Old March 27, 2013, 08:56 AM
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Here's a recent comparison done by der8auer from hwbot [eXtreme-roundup] 26 Thermal Compounds tested - hwbot.org
So unless you buy the really cheap stuff you are fine.
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Old March 27, 2013, 09:35 AM
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Generally a keep a few tubes of noctuas handy as my go to but I have no problem grabbing any of the tubes from blocks and heatsinks I've collected, it seems all the rebranded stuff is pretty much mx2 and I'm perfectly content with that.

As you can see from gav's link 0.2 degree difference doesn't justify being picky.

Exit: actually the only paste I've gotten that I didn't like was evga's frostbyte which I suspect is conductive.
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Old March 27, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Thanks guys, I do like IC diamond 24 but frig its a pain to apply and get rid off afterwards.
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