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Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - 3.5 grams
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- Premium silver polysynthetic thermal compound
- Use between CPU's and heatsinks or water-cooling solutions
- Will not separate, run, migrate, or bleed
- Does not contain any silicone
- 3.5 gram tube will cover 20 to 30 small cpu's
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Not Electrically Conductive: Arctic Silver 5 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
(While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.)
Absolute Stability: Arctic Silver 5 will not separate, run, migrate, or bleed.
Performance: 3 to 12 degrees centigrade lower CPU full load core temperatures than standard thermal compounds or thermal pads when measured with a calibrated thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.
Coverage Area: The 3.5 gram tube contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates.
Important Reminder: Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity. (This period will be longer in a system without a fan on the heatsink or with a low speed fan on the heatsink.) On systems measuring actual internal core temperatures via the CPU's internal diode, the measured temperature will often drop 2C to 5C over this "break-in" period. This break-in will occur during the normal use of the computer as long as the computer is turned off from time to time and the interface is allowed to cool to room temperature. Once the break-in is complete, the computer can be left on if desired.
Top Customer Reviews
The results are always a 4-10c drop in CPU temperatures under load. You will not notice a huge difference at idle. The real gains in heat dissipation come when the CPU is being pushed. Also, don't trust the board maker's proprietary software to tell you what your temperatures are; download a good program like RealTemp 2.41 or Everest for free (use google to find them). Either will give you more accurate numbers than Asus PC Probe, or whatever software your board manufacturer supplies.
There are some saying Arctic Silver 5 didn't lower their temperatures. That is almost certainly because they're using it incorrectly, which I can understand since the instructions provided are minimally useful. So for those of you who are not familiar with applying thermal paste, here is the process:
1. Remove the old thermal compound. This is accomplished by using Isopropyl alcohol to dissolve and loosen the old thermal paste. I recommend purchasing an ArctiClean kit. For minimal cost it will give you the compound remover, as well as an excellent surface preparer. Apply a several drops of the cleaner to the top of the chip and let it soak for 20-30 seconds. You might have to reapply more drops of cleaner again depending on how much thermal compound was present on the chip to begin with.Read more ›
this will protect your computer processor and help it run more effciently.
Anyway, my second laptop ever was a Compaq Presario 700 series, with an AMD Mobile Duron processor (I know ... Stone Age, right?). My kids used it for awhile after me, and they basically thrashed it. It needed a new hard drive, keypad, AC jack ... fortunately, I was able to find all the parts I needed online, cheap enough to justify the repair effort. The heat transfer plate on the AMD processor is pretty small, not even half a postage stamp, and it's mated with a fairly large, plate-type heat sink assembly that spreads the heat across the plate, and discharges it from a fan attached to the assembly at the left side of the laptop.
Back when I was using the Compaq more frequently, I recall that it ran pretty warm most of the time, and I remember that the fan was on a lot when programs were running, at 2 or 3 speeds, e.g., low, medium, high. Well, the repairs required that I strip the whole thing down to the motherboard, and ... gasp ... remove the heatsink. Knowing that I would have to put new thermal compound between the CPU and heatsink when I re-assembled it, I poked around the 'net and saw all the good reviews on Arctic Silver 5, and ordered a tube.Read more ›
It's easy to spread on a CPU and keeps my core temperatures really low. Remember that the break-in time for AS5 is 200 hours.
This is the best heat dissipating paste on the market for CPUs as far as I'm concerned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
used on my last build
was rated really good so i got it
still going strong
This product was too liquid. I have used other thermals past that is somewhat thicker and doesn't run all over the place.Published 5 days ago by Isabel Pacheco
Keep the vital organs of my PC cool, Arctic Silver is hands down the best thermal paste out there!Published 11 days ago by Edward Cellini
Best mine I've spent. If you have a 1366 board, or do a lot of multitasking, streaming and video editing, do yourself a favor and get this. 12 threads with a 12mb cache? Read morePublished 16 days ago by wade wilson
I put in on my fx 8350 (liquid cooler Corsair h100i) . Was great. Did what it was supposed to do. I will probably loose this one too because it's small and buy another when I... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Alexander Salem