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 06/27/2005 12:10 PM
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father-ted
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What is the best thermal grease to use?

I have heard 'Arctic Silver 5' is one of the best, but on reading some reports have found that 'Arctic Ceramique' performs better.

http://www.overclockers.com/articles885/' ">http://www.overclockers.com/articles885/

Which is better, and does anybody know the difference between the two? (I know 1 contains silver and the other doesn't....lol.....but is one better than the other depending on cpu chip in use?)

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 06/27/2005 01:01 PM
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i think the thermal properties are pretty close to the same. ceramique probably a little better, and i believe it is less to non-conductive than AS5. so in case you ever get any on other components or traces or something, it is safer.
 06/28/2005 12:22 AM
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AS5 is the best thermal grease availible.

Natural metals, such as silver and copper, conduct heat away better than silicon does.

AS5 is safe to use on your proc, as long as you are careful. If you just use a little bit, you wont have to worry about it leaking onto the traces or other parts.

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 06/28/2005 05:44 AM
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hubs,

have you looked at the test results I posted (in 1st message)?

It was done by Overclockers.com, and the Ceramique got better results.

Has anybody used Ceramique as I have not found anybody that has tried it yet?

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AMD64 4000+(skt939) OC 2910mhz
DFI Lanparty UT NF3 Ultra-D (Nf3ID711)
Zalman CNPS9500 CPU Cooler (AS5)(33deg.unloaded/37deg.Loaded)
Coolermaster Blue Ice Chipset Cooler
ATI Radeon X850XT PE - AGP
Antec NeoPower 480w PSU
2gb Dual Channel Kit OCZ PC4000 EB PE
Maxtor 80gb HDD (IDE)
Maxtor10 300gb HDD 16mb cache (SATA)
Plextor PX-708A DVD RW
BenQ DVD ROM x16
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 06/28/2005 05:51 AM
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the otherone is like a glue i think
 06/28/2005 10:11 AM
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i'm using ceramique right now and have used AS5 too. but honestly i've never taken readings from both and compared. either would be fine, just be careful.
 06/28/2005 12:47 PM
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The specs for ceramique are not as good as as5... most of the article just repeated the specs from the as web site... there was only one mention of the ceramique giving him better temps than the as5 but realize we have no way of knowing how much the as5 seeped in to fill the crevices since it was tested first, how well he was able to fully remmove it, how much was applied etc. Also it takes 200 hours of on and off to fully work in. Since he got both tubes delivered together I suspect the lower temps were a result of the "burn in" not one or the other.

According to the manufacturer ceramique provies 2-10 degrees improvement from standard thermal compound while as5 is 3-12

Many don't like the idea of silver (metal) being in the solution as it "could" conduct electricity but in practice as5 does not as there is too much non conductive "goo" surounding the pieces of silver. Both are good products and the 1-2 degrees as5 might give you (based on the range above) and your piece of mind about the not using silver makes it a toss up so it probably will be based on what is available and at what price.
 06/28/2005 02:52 PM
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Thanks for your advice guys /biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' />

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AMD64 4000+(skt939) OC 2910mhz
DFI Lanparty UT NF3 Ultra-D (Nf3ID711)
Zalman CNPS9500 CPU Cooler (AS5)(33deg.unloaded/37deg.Loaded)
Coolermaster Blue Ice Chipset Cooler
ATI Radeon X850XT PE - AGP
Antec NeoPower 480w PSU
2gb Dual Channel Kit OCZ PC4000 EB PE
Maxtor 80gb HDD (IDE)
Maxtor10 300gb HDD 16mb cache (SATA)
Plextor PX-708A DVD RW
BenQ DVD ROM x16
SoundBlaster Audigy1 5.1 Audio
2x80mm Fans (intake)
3x80mm Fans + 120mm PSU (e
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