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Windows 7: Geek Tested: 17 Thermal Pastes Face Off

19 Jan 2012   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Geek Tested: 17 Thermal Pastes Face Off

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Does thermal paste really matter? We applied, reapplied, reapplied some more, and turned up the heat on our testing CPU to find out.

Ask ten geeks about their preferred thermal interface material (TIM) and you’ll get six different answers. Five will go with Arctic Silver 5 and the others will have five totally different favorites. Ask a non-geek about their favorite thermal paste and you might get slapped.

But is Arctic Silver 5 really the best? Is the thermal testing compound we’ve been using in the lab really cutting the mustard? We gathered seventeen premium thermal pastes and an overclocked test bed and set about finding out whether thermal paste really makes a difference, and if so, which one is the best.
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19 Jan 2012   #2
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I had to buy some thermal paste to fix my Toshiba TV, it was some unbranded stuff from Maplins, it's doing it's job though.
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19 Jan 2012   #3
Qdos

 

Why wasn't Arctic Céramique in the line up? I swear by the stuff...
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19 Jan 2012   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

real men use mayo
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19 Jan 2012   #5
Qdos

 

Not to mention chocolate or toothpaste, eh?
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04 Apr 2012   #6
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

What's about here:

It is dated from 2009, but looks renewed.
80-way Thermal Interface Material Performance Test

I'm using both Zalman ZM STG1 and Zalman ZM-STG2 Super Thermal Grease
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05 Apr 2012   #7
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Why wasn't Arctic Céramique in the line up? I swear by the stuff...
There's quite a few not mentioned, like IC Diamond which is my new personal favourite.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
What's about here:

It is dated from 2009, but looks renewed.
Much more comprehensive and there really haven't been 'that many' new pastes in the last few years.
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05 Apr 2012   #8
TypeR

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Arctic Silver gets my vote. Especially for PS3's to prevent YLOD.
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