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    Default thermal compound?

    I've been running my i7-920 @ 3.8 for a few weeks now. I got to 4.0 for the heck of it, but 3.8 is good for daily use. I use an H50 and was just using the thermal pad that came on it. I was getting 32-35 @ idle and 70-72 @ load. I was bored so I figured I would reseat with some Arctic Silver II. I understand that AS II needs to cure but my new temps are 35-39 @ idle and 76-81 @ load. I'm going to Micro Center tomorrow. I read that Artic Cooling MX-2 doesn't need to cure long and works good right from the start. Micro Center doesn't have it. They do have Scythe Artic MX-3. and Noctua NT-H1 Hybrid. Anybody know if either of these doesn't need to cure as long as AS II? Some reviews say that Artic Silver type compounds need to cure up to 100 hours for optimum cooling. Thanks!

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    Arctic Cooling makes both MX-2 and MX-3, and all three of those that you listed are good compounds to use. Not necessarily the best, but they are considered among the top ones to buy. Also, both of them don't have any cure time, and if I'm not mistaken, you should see a little better temps by using the MX-3. Not by much, but maybe just a little.

    I personally just ordered another 2 grams of Shin-Etsu X23-7783D compound for my rig, as like to keep a little extra on hand for whenever I start tinkering with things. The Shin-Etsu and Indigo Extreme are considered the top two TIM's out right now, but are both a little more expensive. The difference though is usually only a few degrees, and not enough for the average person to worry about. I personally like to see my temps below 20C (On my AMD system), and would love to get that on my i7 as well. So I will pay whatever needs to be paid to get my components into my "Comfort Zone".
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    Default Cure times?

    What are the cure times on the Shin-Etsu and the Indigo Extreme? I think they have the Shin-Etsu @ the store I'm going to. Thanks for the reply.

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    The Shin-Etsu has no cure time either, but it can be hard to spread around due to a very high viscosity. I suggest putting it in a ziploc bag and setting it some hot water for a few minutes (NOT BOILING). The Indigo Extreme has no "cure" time either, but you have to follow its reflow process, which can take about 10 minutes, and you have to monitor your temps closely when its being applied.
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    Default Should have just left stock stuff on.

    Well, 2 weeks and $19.95 later, I've come to the conclusion that the stock pad (Shin-Etsu, I just found out) on my H50 had better temps than the Artic Silver (as expected) and a little better than the MX-3 compound. Yes, I reset the MX-3 twice to make sure everything was good. Even though the MX-3 is advertised as not needing to cure, the temps improved 2 degrees since it was set a pouple weeks ago.
    I'm still very happy with the H50 performance considering it's all onboard and needs no upkeep other than blowing out the dust occasionally. I always assumed that thermal pads were the pits until now.

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    Nice to hear, I am going to put the H50 on this AMD setup in the next couple of days.

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    Bruceb3 Stay away from the Indigo Extreme, they sent one of my reviewers a total 4 kits which has two applications in each kit for a total of 8, none of them worked and he lost a motherboard trying to get them to work. Furthermore they can only be used with certain heat sinks, there are much better choices around.

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    Thumbs up Thanks for the heads up!

    I was going back and forth about ordering the Indigo, and your post clinched it. Thanks! The way I figure, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I've gotten myself in deep doodoo in the past trying to tighten that last little bit or trying to get that last degree. Yeah, I think I would crap a brick if I screwed up my motherboard or cpu.

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    I use Zalman STG-01 and Ultra Thermal Gel, both come in a small bottle with a brush attached to the cap. It does spread kind of thin so apply it to your CPU and heatsink, it works great much better the AS5 and it's very easy to apply.

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