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Old Mar 10, 2004, 06:57 AM   #1
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Default Question on arctic silver thermal pastes

Hi guys, only a little question:

I could apply to my crucial 9800pro the following thermal pastes:

arctic silver 3
arctic silver 5
arctic silver ceramique

which is better?

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Old Mar 10, 2004, 01:22 PM   #2
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Ive actually heard many reviews on three different solutions. From what ive gathered heres the low down:
Arctic Silver 3 is great for low preasure devices such as a Radeon to heat sink transfer. Its very high in density of silver and contains a good amount of it. Its slightly conductive so make sure you don’t get it near circuits, just on the core.
Arctic Silver 5 is better for high preasure devices such as a P4 HS to the P4 processor. It has a higher amount of silver in it but is equally conductive.
Arctic Ceraique is completely inconductive so you can goop on as much as you want… although I think that would actually HINDER heat transfer… Some people prefer this over any of the above mentioned. I use AS5 for my P4 as well as my radeon, even though I should have used AS3… the different is very little. Plus because of the way my mod is, its actually a high preasure mod.
Each of the above, im pretty sure, comes in a compound form which works the same way but is permanent. Once its on… its on, and people who have tried to remove it have damaged their computers massively. Ive seen people who have pulled chipsets, ram modules and pins off various computer parts, often breaking their PCB… although you didn’t ask about compounds but I thought id include it anyways.
Make sure you get the brand name, don’t go generic cause they will charge you the same price but the stuff is SH!T! It contains no silver and just filler ingreidients… however, when I had to replace my mobo I had to put some generic stuff on it (which I thought was AS3)… I didn’t notice any tempature increase or decrease. When I went from generic stuff same thing. My temps have always been the same (35 idle, 55 loaded non Oced)
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Arctic Silver 3 is great for low preasure devices such as a Radeon to heat sink transfer. Its very high in density of silver and contains a good amount of it. Its slightly conductive so make sure you don’t get it near circuits, just on the core.

How do you define slightly conductive.

I`v just put a small blob of artic silver ( admitidly artic silver 1 ) on a piece of paper And put in the probes of my Digital Multi Meter.
Guess the reading?? Yup absolutly squatt, diddly, zilch

My meter ranges from 0 Ohms all the way to 40 M Ohms And read Oc With the probes less than 1/4 mm apart

I do aggree though with the rest of what your saying, There is very little if any difference in cooling between the 3 pastes mentioned.
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 06:48 PM   #4
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The newer the better, Arctic Silver 5 is probably the best thermal paste available right now.
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As far as the "slightly conductivity" im just going off the website.
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How do you define slightly conductive.

I`v just put a small blob of artic silver ( admitidly artic silver 1 ) on a piece of paper And put in the probes of my Digital Multi Meter.
Guess the reading?? Yup absolutly squatt, diddly, zilch

My meter ranges from 0 Ohms all the way to 40 M Ohms And read Oc With the probes less than 1/4 mm apart

I do aggree though with the rest of what your saying, There is very little if any difference in cooling between the 3 pastes mentioned.
maybe conductivity changes with temp? nah prolly not significantly...
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I read in an instruction sheet by the company Arctic Cooling that for very smooth heatsink surfaces actually normal silicon thermal grease is best, because if applied VERY thinly it will make the best contact between the surfaces.

The metal particles in the AS thermal grease CAN actually make the contact between chip and HS worse, because they are much bigger than comparative silicon grease particles (which doesn't contain any hard particles).
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