Will do mickey all I have to find now is a reliable, foolproof(specifically for me lol), and reasonably precise method of measuring the temps of the devices that I use it on.
For example I use the Scythe front panel fan controller unit the Cpuid and Speccy apps now what the Scythe and Cpuid + Speccy app tell me the temps are on my main machine are really quite different ie Scythe - CPU 40c and the Cpuid app anything from 35-37cc, and Speccy just the average of 37c (again because these apps monitor the multi cored i5 2500 CPU).
Admittedly the Scythe uses thermal sensors (some form of thermal sensing diode I suspect) that rely on direct contact on the outside of the device and the Cpuid and Speccy are getting the info from the system readouts.
I like to be quite precise and I would like anyone who knows of a reasonably accurate sensing device or app to let me know where I can get them or it. Now of course I do not want to spend squillions on a device but to me that such a device or app would mean any results could be relied upon as accurate within say a 1-5% tolerance of the exact temperature.
On the other hand I could use just one of those apps on a dedicated basis that it use only that one and go by the differences in the temp deviation points.
As a footnote I have tried the material I described earlier on an old Compaq mchine witha 1.6Ghz Pentium 4 CPU.
I must first state that I did this test by touch alone as I cannot get past BIOS on this old thing.
Now the device at running the BIOS screen was in run 1 - with the original thermal compound deployed the lower end (closest to the CPU) felt to hot to hold ones finger on (in fact I think that not removing it would have ended in burning myself) and the air being pulled through the CPU fan was noticeably warm - similar to very warm bath water, and run 2 with my concoction the CPU one could hold your finger on for years and not get the least uncomfortable and the exhaust air was noticeably hotter than run 1.
I know this is a rough and crude method of doing a test but until I can find a suitable method of collecting and collating data then I have to presume that my concoction (lets just call it ICtal for quickness sake but apt) indicates that it is more efficient than the original material.
Again trying to be a little more objective re this I have to say that the original thermal compound must have been quite old (although not hardened) and maybe have lost some of it's properties. However I do have at my disposal various brands and types of thermal compound that I could use if again I had an accurate method of measuring the temperature.
When I do find such a method then it will show whether my observations re ICtal are indeed what I suspect they are.
End lecture 2
(Stand by for lecture 3