|Brand Name||Arctic Silver 5|
|Item model number||AS5-3.5G|
|Item Weight||0.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.5 x 2.5 x 6 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||8.5 x 2.5 x 6 inches|
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Arctic Silver 5 AS5-3.5G Thermal Paste
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- 99.9% pure micronized silver
- Non-electrically conductive
- Will not separate, run, migrate or bleed
- Thermal conductance: >350 000W/m2 degreesC (0.001 inch layer)
- Easy to apply and remove
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The Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound enhances the compound's performance and long-term stability. Arctic Silver 5 uses three unique shapes and sizes of pure silver particles to maximize particle-to-particle contact area and thermal transfer. Arctic Silver 5 will not separate, run, migrate or bleed.
Top Customer Reviews
1. Remove your heat sink/cooler and clean thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol (I used 70% alcohol and it seems to work just fine). You'll also want to thoroughly clean your CPU and the immediate surrounding area of old thermal compound. Old compound can crack and become hard, so try not to spread it too far from where it was previously. When the alcohol hits the old compound, it'll thin out and become a huge mess, so try and contain it! Once you think you have everything clean, clean it again, and possibly another time. You want to make sure you have a 100% oil free and clean surface on both the CPU and heatsink. When you think it's clean enough, give it a wipe with a clean microfiber or coffee filter.
2. Apply thermal paste is one of the most subjective things about it. How much, what shape, whether or not to spread it across the CPU, etc. The size of the CPU on a Macbook Pro is relatively small and I put a the equivalent of a swollen grain of rice dead center of the CPU. If you've ever played with silica gel balls, it was about that size. I didn't spread it with a credit card or do anything other than apply in the center. When you spread it out over the top of the CPU you run the risk of getting air bubbles, gaps in coverage, and spillover. Many videos will suggest different things, but I thing a circular dot in the middle provides your best coverage. It's difficult to get it right, and I had to do it twice the first time, but haven't had any issues since.
3. Install the heatsink evenly and in one movement, DO NOT lift it once it touches the compound as that'll result in bubbles/gaps. Once in place begin tightening everything down evenly and put the rest of your computer back together.
4. Once everything is together, run your computer through multiple heating and cooling cycles to "age" the compound and have it seat properly. This will ensure you get an even bond between the heatsink and CPU for maximum thermal transfer from the CPU to the heatsink.
It took me two tries to get the correct amount right, but since then I've been running with these paste on for almost eight months and have seen no issues. The fans rarely kick on hard, and if they do it is under a lot of load. I wish I picked this up as soon as I noticed my fans constantly running as it could have saved my logic board from failure.
My particular temps have been about 6-8C lower than the crappy standard thermo that came on my AIO LC heatsink. Cleanup of this thermo is quick too, if and when you need to re-apply for when you might do a standard clean up of your system.