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Windows 7: Thermal paste

31 Jan 2011   #31
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Heat sink compound is a poor substitute for a good thermal paste.
I apologize for getting all "word cop", but both of these terminologies really describe the same thing: Thermal grease - as is it's generic and original name.

Thermal grease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Heatsink Guide - All about PC cooling

But as in all things tech, the terminology starts to get mangled as we make smaller and smaller distinctions. The confusion comes in when you get technical and start describing the different types of compounds properties in the paragraph titles, like here:

Thermal Interface Materials « Electronics Cooling

It would be nice to have standardized terminology. But we are humans. Ain't gonna happen!


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31 Jan 2011   #32
A Guy

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Heat sink compound as Techymike was referring, "Even the simple stuff for transistors works", is a thin white compound used on transistors and IC's that touch a heat sink. While they have generally the same usage, they are certainly not the same thing. This is what I was referring to. A Guy
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01 Feb 2011   #33
linnemeyerhere

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What does it say about us that we can drone on about "thermal paste" like this.............just saying. I love it !
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01 Feb 2011   #34
Lordbob75

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
What does it say about us that we can drone on about "thermal paste" like this.............just saying. I love it !
I love being a nerd.

~Lordbob
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01 Feb 2011   #35
Fumz

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I'm loving this thread.

Since thermal paste is a fetish of mine, I'll toss out a few more options I haven't seen here yet.

Shin-Etsu, which I'm using now, is a lot better than AS5; however, application is more difficult since it's so thick. You really have to muscle it over the cpu with a finger. For my next build, just now started, I've ordered Indigo Xtreme, which rocks the pants off everything.

Good geek stuff: Indigo Xtreme | Skinnee Labs
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01 Feb 2011   #36
TVeblen

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If you're not using gallium you're an overclocking wannabe!

As far back as I can remember, on Usenet, BBS, newsgroups - the threads about thermal paste have always been epic.

Processors - meh.
Thermal paste - GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!
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01 Feb 2011   #37
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
I'm loving this thread.

Since thermal paste is a fetish of mine, I'll toss out a few more options I haven't seen here yet.

Shin-Etsu, which I'm using now, is a lot better than AS5; however, application is more difficult since it's so thick. You really have to muscle it over the cpu with a finger. For my next build, just now started, I've ordered Indigo Xtreme, which rocks the pants off everything.

Good geek stuff: Indigo Xtreme | Skinnee Labs
I tried an Indego Xtreme when I installed my Silver Arrow but I think I screwed it up when setting up the heatsink. Still got 1 left which I'll get to using soon I think
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01 Feb 2011   #38
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
I'm loving this thread.

Since thermal paste is a fetish of mine, I'll toss out a few more options I haven't seen here yet.

Shin-Etsu, which I'm using now, is a lot better than AS5; however, application is more difficult since it's so thick. You really have to muscle it over the cpu with a finger. For my next build, just now started, I've ordered Indigo Xtreme, which rocks the pants off everything.

Good geek stuff: Indigo Xtreme | Skinnee Labs
Nice link, thanks. I like the idea of them providing a way to install it properly without a ton of effort.

~Lordbob
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02 Feb 2011   #39
Techymike

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With all the great replies, did I miss where you should clean it first to remove any finger grease?
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03 Feb 2011   #40
linnemeyerhere

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I have to say the Indigo Extreme looks very promising, costly but as long as you're happy with your cooler and aren't planning CPU or cooler upgrade soon then it's the longterm TIM winner at the current time. I'm not sure I'm totally stoked with letting all my cores run up to max temps but as that's the only way to spread the TIM and the net results are so consistent and low then it's a risk worth taking !
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