Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Thermal compound question.


09 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 
Thermal compound question.

Does the thermal compound that comes installed on a cpu cooler ever get old. Who knows how long in been sitting in a warehouse ect. Should it be removed and new compound applied before installation. This is a new build with all new hardware. It looks a little dry compared to the fresh out of the tube. I have a H50 Corsair to install.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

09 May 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

No the H50 hasn't been out long enough to be old. But yes in my opinion it is best to remove the factory installed compound and use a premium paste. Or you can even give this mind blowing stuff a try:
http://www.indigo-xtreme.com/
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
No the H50 hasn't been out long enough to be old. But yes in my opinion it is best to remove the factory installed comound and use a premium paste.
Arctic Silver
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


09 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks for your input. I have two tubes of Arctic and will clean and apply new compound. For sure it can't hurt.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Thanks for your input. I have two tubes of Arctic and will clean and apply new compound. For sure it can't hurt.
Application method

My pleasure!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2011   #6

 
 

Answer original question. A lot of pre installed compounds are cheap and can get brittle or turn to chalk with in any time in a few months or 2 years or so- and is common on many video cards or even stock coolers- will not cool well or any at all then and can fry a cpu or gpu. Normally 3rd party stuff is better. And many better than comes on many 3rd party coolers. I get rid of any compound on any cooler stock or not and avoid the compounds that come with coolers unless it is mx2 or some thing like that. Below explains more..>

That indigo is awesome many steps tho. I wonder how long it lasts and how hard is it to remove the heat sink laters for cleaning what ever? I plan to read more on it. It has to heat up and run and I wonder if it conducts currants. Looks great tho

I would go ac mx2 or mx3 or maybe shin etsu x23.

I need to read more on the x23 but reviews and bench tests say it is awesome. Need to read how long it lasts etc.

AC S5 is one of the last id use. It conducts electrical currants and can fry your system or vid card if you get sloppy with it- has a 200 hour cure time and about a 2 year life starts to get brittle and not cool as well. I used it back in the day and before better stuff came out. I also have used AC Ceramique. Both was nice for its day. But s5 can ruin your day very easy.

I use ac mx2 now. It is better cools better than ac s5 and no cure time has 8 year life and does not conduct electrical currants. MX3 is even better cooling. Geil 2 or 3 is about the same as mx products but a lil less cool- but you get more for less money.

It is many you can use and most cool with in 2 to 6f of each other. Cost might be more of a thought. I am very happy with the mx2 might go mx3 or that shin etsu x23 next time if I read more good stuff about it. If it lasts and not conduct electrical currants- I might just get some. Price is not bad either.. I have a few more cpu's worth of mx2 now tho. So it will be a few years before I have to worry on thermal compound.

It is a number of things to take into consideration when thinking or talking about thermal compounds. How well it cools or how long it lasts and if it conducts currants or maybe if it has a cure time are maybe most important. Conducting currants can be hell and short out or fry something if sloppy/ apply to much maybe- or a splatter/drip you did not notice. Folks can do as they like use what ever. Some may not matter so much most folks even my self will take my system apart about 1 1/2 years and clean everything and a fresh os install. If the cpu cooler is not so dirty I might skip removing it and is fine using mx2. Being I do not smoke in my room with my system any more it only gets dusty and I filter well. I might remove the cooler every other time- so.

Just my thoughts on the topic.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you ezeht!! You have done a lot of study and research on this subject. I have been well informed by your input. I'm glad I asked the question. I didn't know things have change so much. New products I have never heard of, wow. My thought are kind of simple. I'm not a bencher; I'm looking to get the most real world speed and relibility. If I have to sacrifice a little speed for reliability that's okay. Reliability to me means less heat. The new compounds should help with those concerns. Thanks to all for the input.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2011   #8

 
 

Thanks bear and no probs.

I can talk a lot can confuse some or get on some nerves maybe. I do not mean to- just doing my best to help is all. All the folks here will help. Some have lil different opinions on some things and most differences are lil as far as products go. It falls more to personal choice and maybe brand loyalties maybe. The more info the better is how I see it. The more folks post and the more ideas or info or help the better it is for all.

As a fact tho. Some of the thermal compounds are so good now you can use stock coolers and over clock too- unless maybe you are pushing for most high oc- but even then lots of folks will back them down some and if for lower heat if no other reason. Wet cooling is best and if you are a super over clocker.

If that indigo is as good as it seems- you could for sure get away with a stock cooler and get great over clocks and save some cash too. That x23 if as good as it says would be great with a stock cooler also. If you have the extra 30 to 50 bucks to spend- ya get a better 3rd party cooler. If not over clocking I would not buy an extra cooler- get some good paste and be done with it..

I am same as you- I need my stuff to last and I am a gamer. The more cool the better and as I can afford it. I will learn how to oc my cpu when I am ready. I need a better video card really. I see no need to try and oc until then. A ssd would be sweet too maybe.

Oh ya if you do or already know- get ya some 70- 90% isopropyl alcohol [rubbing] from the drug store for cleaning up/off the mess and even your whole pc. It will not hurt anything use paper towels or qtips- some use tooth brushes what ever. Just do not have the qtips dripping wet roll them on a dry paper towel first maybe or use damp but not dripping paper towels etc. Good to go. I always wipe my hands with paper towels and alcohol before I touch anything in my pc. Do not put it on your monitor screen tho.. Also ground your self and or discharge static by touching something metal before messing around with your hardware- touch the metal part of your case or psu or something. Static and mostly during winter time can mess stuff up.

Take care..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

According to Corsair's forum, the compound on the h50 is shin etsu if that helps any.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I used the stock Corsair pad with my H50 till my first dismount and reinstall. Then I used a premium paste and got the exact same temps. In the end the range from best to good is extremely narrow and might be in the 2 degree range.....might. Now for SLI/Crossfired gaming cases with lots of heat adding case fans and playing with case air flow nets at least this range if not more. Get these configurations set first with the stock thermal pad then you can play with compounds. The trick is the install more than the compound in my opinion and each cooler has it's own sweet spot and spread characteristics. I like the less is more approach with a X pattern then a nice squish and wiggle of the two surfaces then a proper tighten while wiggling more then wait 5 minutes then tighten again. But if you ask 10 people here you'll get 10 different answers......I love this hobby !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Thermal compound question.




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Thermal compound question.
Thread Forum
Need help with replacing thermal compound! PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Two questions. Which DVI to choose? What Thermal Compound? Hardware & Devices
Mayonnaise As Thermal Compound PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Thermal Compound Roundup = Mayonnaise Chillout Room
Solved Matrix Thermal Compound Question Hardware & Devices
Thermal Compound, how much of a difference does it make?! Hardware & Devices
Does a processor come with the thermal compound stuff? Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:40 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33