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Windows 7: Thermal compound question.

28 May 2011   #61
Al Fairclough

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have always enjoyed cooling compound threads as they are informative and helpful. My OC days are long past, yet my primary enemy is still heat, as I have always believed that reliability is inversely proportional to temperature.

My latest experience is using the stock cooler on an i5. I have never been comfortable hanging a pound worth of copper and aluminium off my motherboard, so the stock solution looked pretty good. The standard thermal pad on the Intel cooler is Shin Etsu, a phase change material. I tried it and the temps sucked at the high 40's to low 50's. Having heard miraculous things about Gelid Extreme, I decided to give it a try. It shaved a minimum of 5 degrees off the Shin Etsu temps! I was amazed. So, anyone wanting to try a new paste, I highly recommend Gelid Extreme as a product that delivers the goods.


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28 May 2011   #62
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Wow, 5 degrees is a big change.
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28 May 2011   #63
seekermeister

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Al Fairclough View Post
I have always enjoyed cooling compound threads as they are informative and helpful. My OC days are long past, yet my primary enemy is still heat, as I have always believed that reliability is inversely proportional to temperature.

My latest experience is using the stock cooler on an i5. I have never been comfortable hanging a pound worth of copper and aluminium off my motherboard, so the stock solution looked pretty good. The standard thermal pad on the Intel cooler is Shin Etsu, a phase change material. I tried it and the temps sucked at the high 40's to low 50's. Having heard miraculous things about Gelid Extreme, I decided to give it a try. It shaved a minimum of 5 degrees off the Shin Etsu temps! I was amazed. So, anyone wanting to try a new paste, I highly recommend Gelid Extreme as a product that delivers the goods.
The thing that I wonder about this, is that regardless of brand name, I do not believe that a stock pad is equal to a good thermal paste. Therefore, I would not consider a comparison of Shin Etsu and Gelid Extreme in this fashion to be good. It is like comparing apples to oranges.
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28 May 2011   #64
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I can't disagree about the stock thermal pad. But, from everything I have read and observed the most important thing is application method; and the difference between a fairly good paste and a great paste is about 2-3C. I'm not sure 2-3 deg. makes that much difference unless you are going to push the CPU to the max. The difference between 61 and 64 is of no consiquence.
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28 May 2011   #65
seekermeister

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

I have never OCed my CPU, so I agree that a couple of degrees is not all that important for the average user. What I do consider more important is electrical conductivity, and the ease of application and removal, plus how well it will stand up over time...Of course, a few degrees cooler thrown in doesn't hurt.
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28 May 2011   #66
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I can't disagree with that.
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29 May 2011   #67
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Well I'm done with my lapping with 2000 grit. I have decided to stick with Arctic # 5 poly and try the method on their web site with the credit card and the line down the center and a little twist. I'm still waiting for the fans I want.
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