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    Long story short, I just put together a custom water cooling loop and I'm not SUPER impressed with the temperatures and was wondering if break in periods for thermal paste is still a thing? I used Prolimatech Pk-3, although my water block came with something called Thermal Grizzly and Ive got some Cool Laboratory Liquid Ultra laying around. Should I stick with the PK-3 for a little longer or try one of the other two?
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    Quote Originally Posted by say what View Post
    Long story short, I just put together a custom water cooling loop and I'm not SUPER impressed with the temperatures and was wondering if break in periods for thermal paste is still a thing? I used Prolimatech Pk-3, although my water block came with something called Thermal Grizzly and Ive got some Cool Laboratory Liquid Ultra laying around. Should I stick with the PK-3 for a little longer or try one of the other two?
    The only thing I know that swears by it's "break-in period" is Arctic Silver 5. Even then, you would only see a degree or two max. Grizzly is supposed to be really good stuff but also, make sure the die got proper coverage. I've found a dot that spreads to most or all of the heatspreader is ideal for performance. Don't overdo it because if you start overlapping a bunch, it hurts temps. Might take you a few applications to get the right feel for it.
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    Default Re: Break in periods?

    Thermal Grizzly is one of the best (if not the best), thermal compound on the market today. The curing period almost doesn't exist in those newest compounds. Could you explain a bit more why you not impressed with the temps you have. Normally custom WC loop should lover the temps at least 5 degrees comparing to High End Air Coolers. I'm using PK-3 for my GPU Water blocks and Thermal Grizzly for my CPU Water Block, have no complains at all.

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