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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2011
I know arctic silver and other thermal compounds have received lots of hype, but this TIM is the best on the market. other brands like AS5 have extremely long cure times and this product has none.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
Both a far better value and better performing than every other TIM on the market.

Short cure time
Realistic price
Excellent performance
Does not conduct electricity
Much easier to clean off

Arctic Silver was great back in 1999.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2012
MSI Z77A-GD80 / i7-3770k OC @ 4.7GHz, cooled with Corsair H100. My temps are around 36C at idle 55C fully loaded. This product works awesome. For years I've been an Artic Silver customer, well, until now. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
I switched to Shin-Etsu compounds a number of years ago as even early on, the performance in cooling was widely praised. It is non-conductive, which is another plus.

Shin-Etsu compound is typically thicker than the AS compounds that most PC builders have grown accustomed to over the years. A trick to resolve this issue is to soak the tube in warm water prior to dispensing it.

There's a lot of debate about whether to spread thermal paste onto the CPU in a thin layer, or to place a dab roughly the size of a grain of rice on the middle and apply the heat sink and let the pressure of the heat sink even the thermal paste out.

In my experience and benchmarks, the grain of rice method remains the best, even with a thicker compound such as Shin-Etsu. Applying a thin layer tends to lend itself to improper applicatoin and leaving behind too thick a layer of thermal paste which reduces the thermal transfer from CPU to heatink.

This is a great product and if you want peace of mind that your CPU and heatsink are cooling optimally, this is a great product to start with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
Works as expected. I haven't tried another, so I can't really say if its better than other brands. I chose this brand because it was one of the ones recommended by AMD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
This item meets the requirement for cooling in tough situations. I would recommend it to anyone. I installed on an i7 Processor on an Asus Motherboard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
I have this on my CPU and GPU, temps dropped 10~ C on full loads, and when its on idle its super cool. I highly recommend it to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
Oh yeah, this s*** does work. Saw my temps drop about 8-10 degrees Celsius with a Corsair h80i and i5-3570k @ 4.4ghz.
Replaced the stock TIM that comes on the h80i with this. I used the grain of rice sized dropped on the middle of the heatsink method.

Also applied some to an older machine that had a phenom ii x4 965 @ 4.2ghz and the stock cooler that had arctic silver on it, saw a drop of 7-8 degrees Celsius.
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on March 1, 2013
I used this for my CPU in hopes to get it cooler, and I have damn near the same temps as before. Possibly 1c -2c cooler, but there are other things to consider here. When I opened up the computer, there was fuzz and debris in the heatsink and all around the case it was a little dusty. I have a couple of big intake fans that bring in a lot of dust and hair, and I'm forced to clean out my case every 3-5 months. The 1c-2c difference could be because of the cleaning. In other words, there is nothing special about this TIM compared to some others. That normally wouldn't be a problem, because if it's equally effective, then there's no harm. But this is not "economically reasonable" as one reviewer put it. You get 0.5g of product, and when you compare it to other brands, this becomes a rip off. For the same price I paid, I could have received 3g of a different well known brand. I had Tuniq TX-3 on my CPU before. The product itself is ok...It's only the amount that makes it not ok. I would never buy this again based on the amount you get.**edit 3/7/13** So I still had 0.25G (half) left and needed to do my MSI GTX670 Power Edition Video Card, which was hitting 82C running Crysis 3, with no overclock. I removed the heatsink on the card and saw that the paste looked a little messy and uneven. Cleaned it all off and applied this TIM and IMMEDIATELY saw a 10C difference. Crysis 3 now maxed out at 72C with no fan profile. Here is what I've concluded so far. If you are replacing average TIM with this stuff, you will get excellent results. If you already have good TIM and good temps, your results may vary. If you are expecting to just bring down temps by 1C-2C, then I think you can achieve that. I was expecting at least a 5C difference from my CPU and when I didn't get it, I was disappointed, but when I got a 10C difference from the video card, I had to re-think this review. I'm adding a star, but not giving a 5 because of the amount. If you have two jobs to do and you mess up on one, you would have to buy more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2012
Redid the thermal pasting on my laptop and it improved temperatures by 20deg. I think I had just enough from the syringe to do so
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