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

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Vasudev, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. seanwee

    seanwee Father of laptop shunt modding

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    The old CM Mastergel maker didn't last long for me either. Temps started to climb 9 months in.

    The new version is much improved in that regard. Harder to spread though.
     
  2. Raidriar

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    I tried the new Coollaboratory Liquid Extreme and hated it. It’s like they purposefully tried to copy conductonaut and all it’s flaws. It’s annoying to try and spread compared to liquid ultra, so I’m going to stick to my tried and true TIM.
     
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    Did you get your paste?
     
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    seanwee Father of laptop shunt modding

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    Yup, testing now. They do indeed look the same.

    I've only used the ZF-EX for now and it looks and spreads like old mastergel maker. Not nearly as viscous as i was expecting.
     
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    Falkentyne Notebook Prophet

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    You didn't do the good old finger test?
    TFX and ZF-EX have exactly the same thickness ?
     
  6. seanwee

    seanwee Father of laptop shunt modding

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    Haven't applied TFX yet but it looks the same out of the tube at least
     
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    Rooter1234 Notebook Consultant

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    Even if they are not the same, it must be a slightly tweaked TFX (slightly higher W/mK), so it's no surprise they look the same. The real question would be if they also perform the same.

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    Arctic MX-5 will be released in March: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08T64M68V

    Hopefully it performs better than MX-4.
     
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    seanwee Father of laptop shunt modding

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    Yeah, hopefully it doesn't dissapoint like kryonaut extreme
     
  9. Rooter1234

    Rooter1234 Notebook Consultant

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    I've tested Kyronaut Extreme by the way, in the first test it looked almost identical to the non Extreme version. Somehow expected but on a notebook CPU I was hoping it could perform differently. They are much better than the MX-4 of course.
     
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    Yeah any high-end paste will be better than MX4 nowadays. GD900 performs identically to MX4 and its 2 bucks for 30g of that stuff
     
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