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I'm relatively new to overclocking and intend to start in the new year after i've got xmas out the way.

 

I've already decided on a Thermalright SI-120 for the CPU cooler but am unsure what thermal compound to use, from what i've read both Arctic Silver 5 & Arctic Ceramique are good quality products and was wondering which one the knowledgable people on this forum would recommend

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AS Ceramic, all the way.

 

AS5 goes out very quickly depending on what you got setup and stuff.

Mine goes out within a month, as5.

 

Ceramic supposedly lasts alot longer.

I dn about this yet, It has'nt been a month yet lol.

 

Anyways you won't notice a temp diff between the 2 until ceramic has broken in, fter then ceramic has a lower diode temp and socket temps "may" be higher(it's because ceramic is better).

 

Anyways ceramic is a hella lot more stable, much beter at doing it's job.

I can't run 250x10 at 1.725v with as5 without bsod'ing allmost instantly.

While with ceramic I was able to try and try and try without any bsod.

Though I got errors, it was still clearly the better gel.

 

Ceramic does take a few days to break in it seems, while with as5 I never got lower temps from a supposed gel breakin.

 

It's totally up to you but I really reccomend you get ceramic.

You'll be much happier with it.

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I'd go silver...

 

Ceramic has a slight edge but have had longevity problems with it resulting in more instances od reaplication then with silver...

 

Both are the best of the crop though! :)

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I've been using Ceramique myself for about a year and a half with great results. I've had an application of it on my Radeon 9500 Pro for about a year and it still seems to be cooling it down well. I've also used it on two other video cards and 5 or 6 CPUs and all of them have benefited from it. It's pretty cheap for a tube and it isn't slightly electrically capacitive, unlike AS5. The only bad thing about it I think is that it's not the easiest stuff to apply.

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I've been using Ceramique exclusively since it came out.

 

Reasons?

 

-Price

 

-Longevity: It doesn't break down over time, and performs well.

 

-Ease of Use/Cleanup: I find it easy to apply, it's non-conductive, and cleans up easily with high concentration alcohol.

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