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Windows 7: Thermal Compound - Is One Better Than The Other?

09 Dec 2013   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Arctic Silver 5 is clearly superior temperaturewise but Arctic MX-4 is easier to use and is more forgiving of errors.


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09 Dec 2013   #12
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Next time I apply I'm going to give the lap method a try rather than the pea or those variations.
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09 Dec 2013   #13
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Most perform the same. I prefer MX-4 because it is easy to apply. I get slightly better temps than arctic silver 5 with it.
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09 Dec 2013   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have only tried a few different thermal compounds but alway ended back using Arctic Silver 5.
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09 Dec 2013   #15
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

It's just a little like AV programs, it's a matter of what works for you. proper application of almost any premium thermal compound will net temps within a couple of degrees of the other to where better case cooling would make a bigger difference.
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09 Dec 2013   #16
kbronski

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Haha, alright, well, for sake of saving a couple bucks, I'll give Arctic Silver 5 a try and see how it works!
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09 Dec 2013   #17
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbronski View Post
Haha, alright, well, for sake of saving a couple bucks, I'll give Arctic Silver 5 a try and see how it works!
Good choice. I've used it for years and it works well.
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10 Dec 2013   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Arctic Silver 5, Arctic Alumina, and Cooler Master Ice Fusion have all worked well for me.
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11 Dec 2013   #19
IanDrexP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (32-bit)
 
 

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11 Dec 2013   #20
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Arctic Silver 5, Arctic Alumina, and Cooler Master Ice Fusion have all worked well for me.
Those are all good products, I've used all of them at one time or another. I'm using GELID now as it's a non conductive compound, also non curing and non corrosive. In the TIM shootouts GELID gc-extreme is always the winner by a degree or two.

Careful application of any of the major brands gets the job done.
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