Topic Title: Antec Formula 7 Nano-Diamond Thermal Paste
Topic Summary: How is it?
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 09/12/2012 03:42 PM
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I was reading a recent TIM review and they used the Formula 7 as a comparison, and it got me thinking...

How is it?

I've seen it around in stores, online and such. Reviews / feedback seems to be good...but that's about it.

Kind of a "n00b" about thermal paste. In my life time, I've used cheap ceramique / silicon stuff, then I jumped onto the MX-2 boat, then finally stuck with Arctic Siler 5 for a few years til present.

I'm just curious - ground up bits of diamond particles in TIM. How does it...why...?! Is it better than the metals / oxides found in many of the TIM available in the market?

Just wondering if any of you from the AMD "community" had tried this stuff or anything similar, and what's your feedback?



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 09/12/2012 03:57 PM
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Diamonds can have a little over twice the thermal conductivity of silver, so it has the potential to perform better.  I'd want to see some tests though, because that's assuming pure diamond vs pure silver.  Grinding the stuff up into tiny chunks and suspending it in some kind of goo is bound to change its thermal properties... not to mention how the stuff is applied to the chip.



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 09/12/2012 05:14 PM
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Well let me tell you, I used AS5 for years, great stuff, still is, but last year or so I switched to, on my CPU, "IC Diamond". Compared to AS5, my temps did drop about 3°C, and I imagine it would be more if I had a true flat contact surface instead of the direct heatpipe touch cooler I have (I'm sure Steveo could give you better numbers because of his liquid cooler). My feelings on this are that yes diamond-based TIM's are better than silver based TIM's, and my experiences show that it is, but there are a couple of caveats to diamond TIM, such as they cannot be used on GPUs due to the small particle size (which does etch surfaces). But if you think about it, the price difference is pretty small so you might as well get the diamond, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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 09/13/2012 09:13 PM
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I have K9, few weeks ago I did it. It is harder to remove than AS5, no doubt due to the smaller particle size. What's bad is that you'll clean it all off with alcohol and a rag to where it's nice shiny copper, then you'll rub it yet again and even more will come off. Ended up using about a quarter of a container of 50% alcohol (local stores don't sell 91% anymore for some reason).

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 09/13/2012 09:50 PM
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i have been using a dimond type past for over a year. works good for me.

i have not tried to remove the cooler yet, so i don't know how easily it will come off.



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 09/13/2012 11:12 PM
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I've been hearing a lot of good stuff about the TIM linked below.  I haven't tried it myself yet, but the next time I'm up for some more I'm definitely going to give it a shot!

GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound



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Originally posted by: Canis-X I've been hearing a lot of good stuff about the TIM linked below.  I haven't tried it myself yet, but the next time I'm up for some more I'm definitely going to give it a shot!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16835426020">GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound

Bad link..for me.



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 09/13/2012 11:52 PM
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Try This Link

@Canis-X: Be aware that this forum is really asinine about posting links. Sometimes it works, many times it will put in a >p after the link (thereby making it a bad link), and sometimes it will do like yours and not be able to be clickable or copyable at all. Best off using the L /L tags.

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 09/14/2012 03:56 AM
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Hmm...it seems that diamond-type pastes do a pretty good job.

I've heard of the GELID GC Extreme - looks pretty good as well.

BTW, this was the review that got me into this...mess:

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2024/4/

As you can see, they used the GC-Extreme and the Formula 7 as comparisons, heh.



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 09/14/2012 07:35 AM
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Just get you a Corsair H100 and Antec 7

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Originally posted by: black_zion Just get you a Corsair H100 and Antec 7

I've been eyeing the H100 for a few months now...still hesitating to get one (don't know why).

I think imma do a bit of messing around with my overclock and see if I can push more out. Then grab a tube of Formula 7 and see what happens.



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You might want to check out Prolimatech PK3.It dropped my 939 4400 by 2c over AS5.Have't put it on my Phenom yet.It's supposed to be good on GPU's as well so i've read.Just a thought.



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Originally posted by: -rascal-http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2024/4/
Is that site safe?

I ask because of this that I received when trying to view it!



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