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Old December 3, 2008, 11:52 PM
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Default Does Core i7 Series have pre-applied thermal paste on the heatsink?

I'm getting Core i7 920 and was wonder whether I should buy a thermal paste.
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Old December 3, 2008, 11:53 PM
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You probably should still buy some thermal paste, since stock stuff is usually crap. I'd recommend MX-2 if you do get some paste.
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Old December 4, 2008, 12:32 AM
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+1 for the stock stuff being garbage. Get some MX2 or Arctic Silver 5 (OCZ has rebranded stuff a bit cheaper too), and some isopropyl alcohol to clean the old goop off. Your CPU will thank you for it ;)
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Old December 4, 2008, 06:29 AM
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Stock stuff is useless. MX2 or AS5 +1. For alcohol, I find the ArctiClean from Arctic Silver, it really is a very useful thing, it removes even the toughest thermal pastes.

edit: MX2 is really good stuff, and its cheaper than AS5 too.
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Old December 4, 2008, 06:34 AM
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If you want to overclock, change the heatsink !

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Old December 4, 2008, 06:35 AM
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stock thermal paste is perfectly fine for minor overclocks; major needs better stuff.

to clean thermal paste just borrow your mom/gfs nail polish remover.
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Old December 4, 2008, 07:11 AM
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For those who said the stock thermal paste is crap, it's actually as good as AS5 (I think it's the Shin-Etsu formulated specifically to melt when heated to a certain point). Someone made a test comparing stock paste vs MX-2 and AS5 but I don't remember exactly which site name I saw that.

If you do overclock a lot, better to change the heatsink for sure but if you just want to run it stock or lighty overclocked, it will work fine. Still, if you plan to remove the heatsink later for maintenance, it's a good idea to buy a tube of thermal paste at the same time with your order to save on shipping.
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Old December 5, 2008, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Neolithium_Wpg View Post
Arctic Silver 5 (OCZ has rebranded stuff a bit cheaper too)
Is it the OCZ Ultra 5+? I just found a tube out of nowhere and I'm about to build a new computer. I don't swap out CPUs as fast as you guys and I don't really want to go and buy another tube unless there's some magical TIM that's way better than this.
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