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Windows 7: Thermal compound question.

27 May 2011   #51
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Dave 76 that article on 80 way TIM was a great read. That's what I call testing. I will stick with my Acrtic 5 poly. I haven't given up on the H50 yet. I'm in the process of a polish job down to 2000 grit. The center was high. I'm still waiting for my 2 Noctua 120's. I still will be getting the H100 when it comes out. The method and amount to TIM is still iffy in my mind. A flatter surface will need less but how much less and where to put it. I'm also thinking on pre heating the #5 tube in water before applying.


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27 May 2011   #52
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

That was a good article, I read it too. I tint mine first, then 1 small line straight down the middle of the CPU. That way all cores are covered for sure.
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27 May 2011   #53
cmd187

Debian Squeeze Stable 64-bit
 
 

I spread paste around with a glove or something around until its an even surface that isn't too thick but doesn't show much of the CPU base and doesn't leak off the CPU socket. Standard paste. Premium paste is like premium HDMI cables. Pointless.
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27 May 2011   #54
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

cmd187,
au contraire on the HDMI cables. Standard computer data and short runs yes, hd audio, video and long runs....not so much.
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27 May 2011   #55
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I've found the practical advice on thermal compound issues in this thread really useful. I've put it in my shortcut list - thanks.
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27 May 2011   #56
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I've found the practical advice on thermal compound issues in this thread really useful. I've put it in my shortcut list - thanks.
MJF, I think it just goes to show that there are several ways to do it, and several ways that work. Methods vary on the type of heatsink you are using. Direct contact heatsinks are usually done different. Whatever method you use, if it works it's not wrong.
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27 May 2011   #57
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Fumz,

I have always used AS5, but after noticing how quickly that the surface of my heatsink eroded, after lapping it to a mirror surface, I have been wanting to find something better. According to your, and other's statements, Shin-Etsu may be what I'm looking for. However, ebaying it, I found that there are at least 2 versions of it... X23-7783D and G751 . Another unspecified item that I found that was in a different color tube, suggests that there may be more. Which of these do you use?
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27 May 2011   #58
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Did you read the article posted by Dave76, 80-way Thermal Interface Material Performance Test it is a pretty comprehensive test of thermal pastes.

The top 2:
Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751 - Sold at NewEgg under the Masscool brand
Arctic Silver 5 - Sold at FrozenCPU and NewEgg in multiple sizes. Curing time is highly recommended.
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27 May 2011   #59
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I've been using the OCZ Freeze paste and it has proven it's self well....it is very thick and I do like the X application style then a healthy twist and tighten. I will have to try using a masking tape square then a glove for total thin coverage, but in the end you don't really know till you remove the cooler just what coverage you've got.
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28 May 2011   #60
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks, I thought that was an interesting article.

During that search I found mention that most brands are good, a few are bad.
The application method depends on several variables, the only way to check your coverage is to remove the heatsink.
A little too much or not enough will change the effectiveness of any application method.

I use the plastic wrapped finger method, very thin, on the CPU and heatsink. This makes even coverage on both surfaces.
The key is flat surfaces and no air gaps. I have not lapped anything and still have good success with temps, I'm sure someday I'll run across a stubborn one and lap it.
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