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10-28-01, 06:51 PM
Here is a good review On -Artic Silver ll & Nanothern Blue Thermal Compound


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10-28-01, 09:42 PM
I personally don't buy all this thermal compound hype cuz all high end Heatsinks/waterblocks have been lapped and are PERFECTLY flat, to the point that itz like mirror. The CPU slug on P3/4 and T-birds are perfectly flat too, so thermal compounds don't play as much of a role anymore (Unless of course, the mounting clip is loose or the HS/block is mounted incorrectly).

10-28-01, 10:00 PM
My opinion about thermal grease..........THEY'RE ALL THE SAME!

10-29-01, 01:35 PM
From the readups that I've read, like Nuclear says, they're quite close. Yes Artic and some high ends ones are a bit better in that they can cool a hair better, are less corrosive than cheap ones, conduct electricity less so they are a bit safer...but for temp control....95% the same.

Even with precision machining of the latest heat sinks, the CPU itself is far from flat, and quite the proverbial "nooks and crannies like a Thomas's English muffin"....and the fit always far from perfect, so a bit-o-grease without a doubt makes a huge difference. For a couple of bucks for a little old tube, how can anyone complain about it.

10-29-01, 02:42 PM
Check out this review:

I don't think 0.3C difference between generic grease and Arctic silver2 is worth the extra cost of Silver + shipping 'n stuff

On almost every other site, tests will show Arctic silver beating out generic stuff by as much as 10C, which is complete BULL

10-29-01, 08:19 PM
Actually, thermal compounds aren't all the same. The zinc silicone stuff dries out, making it worse.