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Windows 7: artic silver.

24 Jan 2014   #1

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 
artic silver.

hey everyone i have been trying on several forums to find some one who could tell me the difference between arctic silver 2/arctic silver 3/arctic silver 5. i have some of each and have excellent results from all of them just was wondering the difference if any between them. i have tried to contact arctic silver and that is impossible why i do not know. so if any one can tell me i would be very grateful for the knowledge. thanks in advance. poorguy
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24 Jan 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Here's a list of the 3 compounds they make. There is no arctic silver 2 or arctic silver 3, only 5.

Arctic Silver, Inc. - Thermal Compounds
http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm
http://www.arcticsilver.com/cmq2.html
http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_alumina.htm
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24 Jan 2014   #3

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

there is only arctic silver 5 now days but arctic silver 2 and arctic silver 3 were around in the year 2000 or 2003. these were these preceded arctic silver 5. they were around because i still have a syringe of each. i will check out the info that you sent. thanks. poorguy
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25 Jan 2014   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I don't think any detailed difference was ever listed. Just "New and improved". The idea being AS5 is the best. Remember seeing a test comparison between 3 and 5 (apparently they skipped 4 because the number 4 represents death in Japan [Four is sometimes pronounced shi, which is also the word for death.], a large market for them), and there was virtually no difference. Long term, or usability were not mentioned.

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25 Jan 2014   #5

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

yeah i kinda think that i am S.O.L. the only thing that i can figure is the amount of sliver that was in it. maybe some of the other components. any way as old as the syringes are it still preforms excellent. i was just curious. thanks. poorguy
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26 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 / Windows TP 10 x64
 
 

Arctic silver 5 may cost a little more then some Thermal Compounds but its about the best (just my opinion)
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26 Jan 2014   #7

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

i agree. i use arctic silver 5 and always have excellent temp results even with stock HSF cooling. i do still have 2 almost full syringes of arctic silver 2 & 3 that is still good. was just curious what the difference was if any. i also have used white transistor paste and also have excellent temp results with stock HSF cooling. thanks. poorguy
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26 Jan 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

There's many worse than AS5, the pundits get all excited about some that will get a 5C decrease, that's insignificant to me. I've always used AS5, even taking some GPUs apart and applied it.
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26 Jan 2014   #9

windows 7 pro 32bit
 
 

i like arctic silver it has given me excellent temp results. i really don't know if i ever have noticed any real temp change after the settle in time and cycling thermal times that are recommended by arctic sliver. i just apply and use check temps using speedfan. it also seems to last without drying up as i leave it on for years. i don't think you need to reapply like every year or two like i read on forums. blow the dust out of my desktops once a year with an air hose and never have had any problems with temps. and besides it is only going to be as cool as your ambient room temp is. poorguy
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26 Jan 2014   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

AS used to claim it takes 200 heat/cold cycles it to cure. Every time I've taken a cooler off it has still been soft and pliable, which is good.
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