Which Thermal Paste to buy and apply (Traditional and Liquid Metal)

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  1. Falkentyne

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    You can use liquid metal when it's close to freezing, unless the laptop PCB is directly exposed to the elements. Minimum temp is 0C ambient, but temperature is never going to be identical to environment temperature if there is a case. Why would you use the laptop or even live someplace where it's below freezing?
     
  2. Tanner@XoticPC

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    Side note, a bigger problem is temp change. If you use it somewhere freezing and happen to be changing temps often (like moving indoors to outdoors and back or in and out of a freezer) then you are going to have to worry about condensation way more than your thermal compound.
     
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    This is the exact sort of stuff that's good to know. I don't have a LM metal laptop right now, but I would consider one in the future. Around 30 days of the year where I live, it gets below freezing, and all it says on packages is something along the lines of safe temperatures for use being 0-100, which is so vague as to barely be useful.
     
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    Should this also include instructions on removing old paste such as using rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth?
     
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    When you have that kind of cold temps, you can use traditional paste instead of LM. OEM happy and user also happy. OEM can't complain the cause of laptop/PC failing was due to LM.
     
  6. Papusan

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    Liquid metal will become brittle and lose its liquidity if the temperature drops below recommended minimum temp Who is 8-10C degrees. The Liquid metal will lose functionality. The temp wil raise... It will be a mess. Next level. It will expand during solidifying and the heatsink will be lifted away from Die (see Liquid metal will expand and break the bottle). More air will come in. The drying will increase faster. Liquid metal ain't for hardware temp under 8C!!
     
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  7. sicily428

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    Thermal Compound

    Thermal conductivity (W/mk) is really important for choosing thermal compounds
    Here some useful values:
    -Phanteks TH-NDC ???W/mk
    -Noctua NT-H1 ???W/mk
    -IC Diamond 7 4.5W/mk
    -Artic mx2 5.6 W/mK
    -be quiet DC 1 7.5W/mk
    -Artic mx4 8.5W/mK
    -Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme 8.5 W/mK
    -Dimastech HTX-EE 8.6 W/mK
    -Artic silver 5 9W/mK
    -Cooler Master Extreme Fusion X1 9.5W/mK
    -Prolimatech PK-2 10.2W/mK
    -Cooler Master MasterGel Maker Nano 11W/mK
    -Prolimatech PK-3 11.2W/mK
    -Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut 12.5 W/mK
    -Phobya Nano Grease Extreme 16W/mk


    Liquid Metal

    Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra 38.4W/mk
    Phobya Liquid Metal 40W/mk
    Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut 73 W/mK
    Coollaboratory Liquid Pro 82W/mk
     
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  8. Vasudev

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    Thanks, I thought users don't care about W/mK. ICD with lowest thermal conductivity performs on par with Gelid. I will update it later.
     
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