Absolute best Thermal Compound

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  1. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Deity

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    So guys, whats the absolute best non conductive thermal compound?

    I am using MX 4 and Coolermaster High Performance thermal compound, since I'm getting them for a good price, but sometimes I simply want to reduce the temps even further, now obviously Liquid metal is the way to go, but I can't just go ahead and apply liquid metal into other peoples notebook, since that does require some monitoring and maintance which most of the people don't do.

    As far as I could gather so far Kryonaut is up there, are the any other Thermal compounds which are at the same level or maybe even better?
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Virtuoso

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    I've been using Geil extreme and I have been satisfied
     
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    TANWare Just This Side of Senile, I think. Moderator

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    You have to be careful. Some pastes are great but boil out quickly meaing constant reapplication. Some you can put in and years later are as good as the first day.
     
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    Danishblunt Notebook Deity

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    Yeah I noticed this as well, the coolmaster thermal compound I'm using has a VERY long lifetime, while the MX4 has a long lietime as well, but does after around 1.5-2 years start to wear off.

    From what I can read from your post these are pretty good:
    1. TG Kyronaut 12.5 W/mK
    2. Phobya NanoGrease Extreme 16 W/mK { Thanks to @Mr. Fox }
    3. Gelid Extreme 8.5 W/mK
    4. Prolimatech PK3: 11.2 W/mK
    5. Cooler Master MasterGel Maker Nano: 11 W/mK
    Now my question is, how big is the difference between the gelid extreme and lets say the phobya one?

    You seem to have done quite some research on them.
     
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  6. Starlight5

    Starlight5 I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    I vote Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. The best I ever used, and budget-friendly.
     
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    For laptops the thicker pastes are a good idea, since often the heat sink is not perfectly flush with the chip.
     
  8. TANWare

    TANWare Just This Side of Senile, I think. Moderator

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    Although I never had an issue it is said ICD 24 can scratch a CPU without careful removal. Maybe this grittiness is why it also does not simply boil out. With my new 1950x and Enermax I will get with it the thermal grizzly so I will get to try that out.
     
  9. Tanner@XoticPC

    Tanner@XoticPC Company Representative

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    I've yet to use it in a build myself, but this is Kryonaut is the one that keeps coming up in every thread, so will probably be what I go with when next I need some.
     
  10. Mobius 1

    Mobius 1 what is quality control?

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    Why do you only offer ICD as a thermal paste upgrade?
     
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