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Old 10th November, 2003, 06:51 PM
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AS3 or Alumina?

Jus a quick one... best to use on a general heatsink job? Not quite sure of the differences and the artic silver site is a bit confusing with its product explantations. Alumnia wasnt quite a copy paste of the AS3 but was kinda close
Also can anyone recommend a good thermal adhesive? Im guessing something from the same folks as AS3 will be a good job but wondering
Have plans for a new card with a rather cool heatsink but looking for some extra cooling on the ram so will need stick on sinks and also for a possible south bridge passive cooler just for the hell of it
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Old 11th November, 2003, 12:01 AM
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Arctic Silver will perform ever so slightly better. But I like Arctic Alumina because it is completelt non conductive and it cost less.

For an adheasive I sugest Actic Alumina 2 part epoxy mixed 50/50 with regular arctic alumina.
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Old 15th November, 2003, 11:13 AM
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I really liked Arctic Alumina over AS3...although, AS5 is looking good.
Has anyone tried it?
http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm
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Hey all! Just got Arctic Silver 5 and done my burn-in tests. I really wanted to know which one was the best and I am Still happy to say that both performed equally (although I was hoping that AS5 would come out on top ).

Anyway, I know a lot of people are asking which one is best, Arctic silver 5 or Ceramique? The answer is any of them would do fine. AS5 is easier to apply (but slightly capacitive, http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm) than Ceramiue (a little bit dense) but aside from that, I'm very happy with both. Oh and Ceramique is neither electrically conductive nor capacitive (http://www.arcticsilver.com/ceramique.htm).

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ive tried as5 and it seems to make about a 1-2 degree diff w/ my h2o so im impressed. and i like how its a lot thinker than as3
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Hey all! Just got Arctic Silver 5 and done my burn-in tests. I really wanted to know which one was the best and I am Still happy to say that both performed equally (although I was hoping that AS5 would come out on top ).

Anyway, I know a lot of people are asking which one is best, Arctic silver 5 or Ceramique? The answer is any of them would do fine. AS5 is easier to apply (but slightly capacitive, http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm) than Ceramiue (a little bit dense) but aside from that, I'm very happy with both. Oh and Ceramique is neither electrically conductive nor capacitive (http://www.arcticsilver.com/ceramique.htm).

I love both and I have both
Here's the skinny, Arctic Silver 5 is the best thermal paste currently on the market, but it requires up to 200 hours to break in and numerous thermal cycles to break it in. Jiggling the heatsink or waterblock will expedite the process but you will not see the lowest temps until the product is fully settled.

Now Arctic Silver 3 performs roughly the same as ceramique, Ceramique requires little if any time to settle, but Arctic Silver 5 is good stuff.

I have tinkered with AS-5, AS3, Thermagon-2500, Shin Etsu G-751 and Shin Etsu X23 varients recently. You should avoid both Old stock Nanotherm PCM+ and New Stock PCM+ as it has serious issues, Swiftech recently has made public that they do not recommend ANY Nanotherm products with their heatsinks or waterblocks due to PCM+ oxidation and corrosive issues.

If you want the best buy some Arctic Silver 5, but have a little patience to see optimal performance.

Also Use Arctic Silver's new method of spreading the paste if your a P4 user, Go right to step 10 here:
http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...structions.htm

I was skeptical at first but this method is excellent advise.

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