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So, I was browsing through the forums, and I noticed that heavy emphasis was placed on thermal paste and its application. I did some searching around, and two top results came up: Arctic Silver 5, and Arctic Cooling MX-2. I was wondering which of the two is better. Links provided below:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

 

Thanks.

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I have used the MX-2 and it performed extremely well. Never used the AS5, although its very popular. Biggest difference I think is the burn-in time; AS5 takes something like 200 hours of heat load until it works at its most efficient level, the MX-2 doesnt need any.

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I used both. ebarone is correct. I preferred the MX-2.

 

I now use OCZ Freeze. It's probably the better thermal compounds out there, imo. I also used TIM Consultants T-C Grease 0098, and it was pretty good, too.

 

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=6

 

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=12

 

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1605&pageID=7138

 

I'd be interested in trying out the Noctua NT-H1 or the Gelid GC-Extreme sometime.

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I saw noticable decreases in temps switching from AS5 to TX-2.

I ran with AS5 FAR beyond it's burn in time and this stuff I got with my cousin's Core Contact destroyed it right out if the gate.

Basically just dont get AS5

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My Shin-Etsu that came on my H50 is damn good. But theres only a one degree difference between pastes.

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I saw noticable decreases in temps switching from AS5 to TX-2.

I ran with AS5 FAR beyond it's burn in time and this stuff I got with my cousin's Core Contact destroyed it right out if the gate.

Basically just dont get AS5

 

 

Without a doubt the TX-2 is solid! I had my 1st experience with this paste after buying the same (damn good AMD cooler) Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer ;) Also tried the TX-3 out when it hit the market! Great performance on both! Haven't tried the new TX-4 as I have been using the Shin-Etsu for awhile now! But, the Tuniq line is very solid when it comes to temps!

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I agree with the rest here that a different thermal paste will get you at most a 1-2C improvement. However, make sure you read up on how to apply it correctly, because a bad application will make even the best paste perform poorly.

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