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    HI guys

    I have a 3770k @ 4.5 and i`m using Mx4 on it

    I was thinking to change my thermal paste

    I was looking for:

    Tuniq Tx2 - Extreme

    Tuniq Tx4

    Gelid GC Extreme

    Wich one you recommend? Other sugestion?

    I will use with a H100 cooler

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    The Gelid GC Extreme has good specs. That's the one I would try,..........

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    Ive always used MX4 up til recently i started using the Gelid and there is no real noticeable difference in temps. The one difference is the Gelid is cheaper. TBH with you i would stick with the MX4 (Its one of the Best) or buy some Gelid and see how you like it. The thermal paste isnt going to really help with temps running a 3770k@4.5 W/H100, what fans are you using on the h100?
    The other option would be:
    Coollaboratory Liquid Pro
    Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    I bought some of the Coollaboratory Liquid Pro but I haven't used it yet.

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    I bought some of the Coollaboratory Liquid Pro but I haven't used it yet.
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    Tha Ic Diamond stains the base too or not?

    I bought a week ago the the Liquid Ultra, it will arrive next week, but just later i saw the stains that it makes and the way to apply

    I`m a new in this world and i`m a little scared about using the Liquid Ultra, that`s why i`m thinking about the Ic diamond, a couple of guys told me about it

    The Diamond is safe right? I mean, it won`t make the satins and the issues that i may have like using the Liquid ultra?

    And the way to apply is the same as other pastes if i use the IC diamond? A small ammount in the middle and the H100 on top right?

    Sorry about my poor english, i`m from Brazil

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    Gelid GC Extreme
    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    I have some of the IC Diamond here and it works well, but it's real thick. I usually spread it myself with a small woman's makeup spatula.
    I also have Arctic Silver Ceramic Compound here. I have used it for years with good results.

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by wsarahan View Post
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    Tha Ic Diamond stains the base too or not?

    I bought a week ago the the Liquid Ultra, it will arrive next week, but just later i saw the stains that it makes and the way to apply

    I`m a new in this world and i`m a little scared about using the Liquid Ultra, that`s why i`m thinking about the Ic diamond, a couple of guys told me about it

    The Diamond is safe right? I mean, it won`t make the satins and the issues that i may have like using the Liquid ultra?

    And the way to apply is the same as other pastes if i use the IC diamond? A small ammount in the middle and the H100 on top right?

    Sorry about my poor english, i`m from Brazil

    Thanks again
    MX4 is better than IC Diamond. I would sugest you stay using the MX4 or if you want to switch use Gelid or JunPus D9000<----Forgot about this one, ive been reading good thing about this one.Heres a review of 26 thermal pastes

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    i still have some AS5 laying around.
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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    out of all the ones I have used the temperature differences are in the 1 to 2 degree area which is minimal at best

    I like the Gelid GC Extreme it goes on easy and spreads nicely and it works as good and in most cases better then the rest

    Its non-conductive and remains soft there is no curing, and no bleeding, and gave me about a 4 degree drop over the rest.
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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    IC Diamond 24K scratches the hell of a chip, and will remove the writing on the chip. James, I tested MX4 as well as Gelid Extreme on a total of 12 coolers and two different chips [ 3930K & 3770K ] each time the Gelid paste beat out MX4 by 2-3C so I'm not sure why your saying there's no noticeable difference ?

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    IC Diamond 24K scratches the hell of a chip, and will remove the writing on the chip. James, I tested MX4 as well as Gelid Extreme on a total of 12 coolers and two different chips [ 3930K & 3770K ] each time the Gelid paste beat out MX4 by 2-3C so I'm not sure why your saying there's no noticeable difference ?
    Nice to hear that

    So the IC Diamond will remove the write? My chip is still in warranty, it could be a problem so

    The best way for me is the Gelid right? Any other suggestion?

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    I've tested various TIMs and found (like others) that there is only a few degrees difference between the better brands, so unless it is very critical that you get the absolute best result ... just pick one.

    IC Diamond is a very good choice, although thick and so a bit more difficult to apply. I experimented with all of the ways to do that (pea, lines, etc.), and ran multiple tests for comparison purposes. Here is the best way (in my opinion):

    1) make a line along one edge of the processor by squeezing the tube and moving the tube along that chosen edge as the TIM comes out.

    2) position the motherboard so that edge is farthest from you

    3) next take an old credit card (or the equivalent small plastic card [its a TIM spreader] that comes with some TIMs) and hold it vertical, while looking at one of its flat sides.

    4) angle the card towards you, so the top of the card becomes closer to you, and the bottom is a little farther away.

    5) lower the card so that it presses firmly on that chosen edge of the processor with that line of TIM just inside the angle formed by the processor and the card.

    6) firmly and smoothly and in one single motion ... draw the card towards you, while maintaining downward pressure.

    7) wipe excess TIM off of the card and inspect the result.

    If the result is not an even spread, try drawing the card across again. You can often do touch-up by dabbing TIM where needed and drawing the card once more across the entire processor. You can also apply a new line of TIM where the previous one was, and spread the extra TIM over what was just applied. This works because as long as you maintain reasonably firm pressure, the TIM does not actually get any thicker on the processor, since the card is acting like a scraper and so not only spreads out the TIM but scrapes off excess as it moves along.

    If things get messed up, just wipe the TIM off of the processor and try again. Depending on the TIM, you may need to use a few drops of TIM remover.

    This method works with any brand of TIM. But for those TIMs that are less difficult to apply, it is often quicker and easier to use the Pea method. However, note that some TIM manufacturers specifically recommend the Pea or Line method for their products, and provide instructions on what to do.

    Here are some of my test results for an i7 920 at 4.2 GHz using 30 minute tests under full load with an air cooler:

    IC Diamond (after 6 hour curing time)
    Ambient Temp: 24
    Idle Temp:
    Core 0: 43
    Core 1: 40
    Core 2: 43
    Core 3: 40
    Load Temp:
    Core 0: 74
    Core 1: 72
    Core 2: 72
    Core 3: 71

    Tuniq TX-4
    Ambient Temp: 24
    Idle Temp:
    Core 0: 40
    Core 1: 38
    Core 2: 41
    Core 3: 37
    Load Temp:
    Core 0: 73
    Core 1: 71
    Core 2: 71
    Core 3: 70

    OCZ Freeze
    Ambient Temp: 24
    Idle Temp:
    Core 0: 41
    Core 1: 39
    Core 2: 42
    Core 3: 38
    Load Temp:
    Core 0: 75
    Core 1: 73
    Core 2: 72
    Core 3: 72

    Thermalright "The Chill Factor"
    Ambient Temp: 24
    Idle Temp:
    Core 0: 41
    Core 1: 39
    Core 2: 43
    Core 3: 38
    Load Temp:
    Core 0: 75
    Core 1: 73
    Core 2: 73
    Core 3: 72

    Prolima Tech Thermal Compound
    Ambient Temp: 24
    Idle Temp:
    Core 0: 42
    Core 1: 40
    Core 2: 43
    Core 3: 39
    Load Temp:
    Core 0: 76
    Core 1: 75
    Core 2: 73
    Core 3: 74

    Zalman ZM-STG1
    Ambient Temp: 24
    Idle Temp:
    Core 0: 42
    Core 1: 40
    Core 2: 43
    Core 3: 40
    Load Temp:
    Core 0: 76
    Core 1: 75
    Core 2: 74
    Core 3: 73


    I currently use IC Diamond.
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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    IC Diamond 24K scratches the hell of a chip, and will remove the writing on the chip. James, I tested MX4 as well as Gelid Extreme on a total of 12 coolers and two different chips [ 3930K & 3770K ] each time the Gelid paste beat out MX4 by 2-3C so I'm not sure why your saying there's no noticeable difference ?
    I only saw a 1c temp difference between the 2 and see no reason to spend money on a TP when the one he has is just fine.

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    @ James: IC diamond needs at least 3hrs to cure and it needs a particular torque to yield better performance. We have a thread about testing IC 24K.
    IC 24K is the top dog of paste compound.

    Regarding to the scratches, don't rotate or twist the cooler when you mount it and you don't need more than a pea size.

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    Default Re: Thermal Paste Suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    IC Diamond 24K scratches the hell of a chip, and will remove the writing on the chip. James, I tested MX4 as well as Gelid Extreme on a total of 12 coolers and two different chips [ 3930K & 3770K ] each time the Gelid paste beat out MX4 by 2-3C so I'm not sure why your saying there's no noticeable difference ?
    Stan is right

    Gelid Extreme is by far the best Tim I have ever used, it spreads better then the rest, there is no curing necessary, it don't stain or scratch, its non-conductive,
    and did make a 4 degree difference for me over the others I used

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