Non-conductive thermal paste that lasts a decent time?

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  1. Reonu

    Reonu Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey, so I have a laptop that I repasted with Kryonaut, temps were great but after just 2 weeks it dried out and it's back to the 95ºC nonsense. I was wondering what's the best non-conductive thermal paste in terms of actually lasting for long.

    I've read about IC Diamond and Noctua NT-H2 or NT-H1. What's better? Thanks.
     
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    Was in a similar boat: Kryonaut lost its mojo after a couple of months. Repasted with Phobya NanoGrease Extreme and all good 6 months later. You'll find there is reasonable consensus here regarding this being the best non-conductive thermal paste.
     
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    Even better than IC Diamond? It's almost 15€ more expensive
     
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    I have no experience with IC Diamond, but apparently even better + there is no risk of scratching. Yep, Phobya isn't cheap and delivery from Germany took like a week for me.
     
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    Arctic MX4 is good in my experience. Yeah the temps increase after a few months, but still acceptable. I have laptops that haven't been repasted in years
     
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    MX4 is just average in my experience, here is how I would rate them:


    1) PHOBYA NanoGrease Extreme FTW
    2) IC Diamond
    3) GELID Extreme Thermal Compound
    4) Arctic MX4

    Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut is the worst thermal paste that I've used, I'd rather use toothpaste than use that again. It deteriorates in performance quickly, I'm talking after 3 days I started seeing an increase in temps and it kept going up within a week to a point where I wouldn't trust it to cool my CPU anymore.
     
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    What application method do you guys use for NanoGrease? Dot in the middle? For both CPU and GPU? Thanks
     
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    Spread works best for NanoGrease as its thick and won't spread easily using the pea dot method or X cross
     
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    Reonu Notebook Enthusiast

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    Any chances you can show me pictures or a video of either the process or the final result of the application? I already ordered it, and I wanna do it right since it's stupid expensive so I don't wanna waste it
     
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    Use this kinda tool to do a full and even layer spread:

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