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    I ran out of thermal compounds; so I'm going order but I was wondering if buying the cheap and expensive quality one does actually makes big differences.

    Also other question; is that true if you have add too much grease and it will be more worse?
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    you have to read the instructions because they all dont work the same, some will say put a small amount, others say put a bigger amount...

    and yes the cheap stuff will perform worse then the expensive stuff, but within ~5 degrees i think
    What?

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    you just missed a sale on some
    Rosewill RCX-TC090PRO Thermal Compound from Newegg ,
    I'm not sure how well it performs
    but it does come in a bottle with a brush (ie:nailpolish bottle)

    I also just stumbled upon this review between 80 different thermal compounds!
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=150&Itemid=62

    from what it shows for the other Rosewill products I shouldn't expect much better than a moderate performing paste.
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    The 3 most readily available TIMs are Artic Silver 5, OCZ Freeze and IC Diamond. Each performs within 1 or 2 degrees of each other. If your heatsink is flat, all you need is a drop in the cebter the size of a small pea(same as Logan's brain! LOL... I am rolling). BTW, Logans nads are small pea size too. Kipper told me!
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    I am currently using Arctic's MX3 and so far it's kept my 4GHz E8500 happy. I have also used Arctic Silver 5 with good results as well (MX3 is better). I have used Tuniq TX3 too, and while it produced decent results the application was hell. It has the consistency of silly putty, so I had to roll it onto the processor while cursing constantly. The cursing is a vital part of that process.

    Application methods almost always involve putting a tiny amount of TIM on the processor. The main objective of TIM is to fill out the tiny deviations from perfect contact between the two surfaces. I put a tiny 1/4 to 1/2 grain of rice sized blob in the center of the processor and let the heatsink spread it around once the screws are tightened. When I used AS5 I would draw a thin line with it on the processor as seen in the AS5 application instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PruritusAni View Post
    I am currently using Arctic's MX3 and so far it's kept my 4GHz E8500 happy. I have also used Arctic Silver 5 with good results as well (MX3 is better). I have used Tuniq TX3 too, and while it produced decent results the application was hell. It has the consistency of silly putty, so I had to roll it onto the processor while cursing constantly. The cursing is a vital part of that process.

    Application methods almost always involve putting a tiny amount of TIM on the processor. The main objective of TIM is to fill out the tiny deviations from perfect contact between the two surfaces. I put a tiny 1/4 to 1/2 grain of rice sized blob in the center of the processor and let the heatsink spread it around once the screws are tightened. When I used AS5 I would draw a thin line with it on the processor as seen in the AS5 application instructions.
    True, although there are those that feel an x or lines down the middle work best. The Idea is to get as thin a coating as possible to cover the surfaces without any bubbles in.

    Where you really do need to use a different method is when using one of the heatpipe direct touch coolers The pea method on this gave me a 7 degree differential across cores so I go with lines down each pipe now. Not that this need concern you and your chilli tec.

    Shin Etsu x23 7783d, MX3, IC Diamond, MX2, would be the order of choice for me but some are more available than others

    OCZ Freeze might be interesting too if that tec of yours goes low but it is eol
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    All the top rated TIM's are within 3-4 degrees of each other.... Shin Etsun Tuniq, AS 5, OCZ Freeze, IC Diamond, ect... Most are about 2 degrees and this is under load. Normal use is even less.

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    I have had my best results with MX2.

    With all the reviews for CPU coolers and having to install/uninstall them and back and forth for testing I have seen the most consistent and best temps on the i7s and the AMD 1090T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KIPPER View Post
    I have had my best results with MX2.

    With all the reviews for CPU coolers and having to install/uninstall them and back and forth for testing I have seen the most consistent and best temps on the i7s and the AMD 1090T.
    +1

    they are now have MX4. I haven't try it yet due to the availability but the MX3 is a little better than the MX2. This is my favourite TIM, it's spread evently without any effort and easy to clean up too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    +1

    they are now have MX4. I haven't try it yet due to the availability but the MX3 is a little better than the MX2. This is my favourite TIM, it's spread evently without any effort and easy to clean up too.
    LOL Kip uses MX-2 on his Commodore 64
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    So I guess MX4 is best choice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zankza View Post
    So I guess MX4 is best choice?
    Here's a review of MX3 vs MX4 to help you in your decision. There seems to be not much difference between the two performance wise so maybe price will have to be deal breaker.

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    Ah that was very good article; so mx3 is more cheaper?*checks amazon now*

    EDIT: MX4 is even cheaper than mx3 O.o
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    That's odd, but there you have it. You'd expect the one released later to be more expensive. Are they the same volume of TIM?

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