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Stulid Tested all of OcUK Thermal Paste Range

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by stulid, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. RenoRanes007


    Joined: Mar 13, 2010

    Posts: 501

    Great reviews, I didn't see this when I was looking for a good Thermal Paste but now I have seen this I'm glad I went for PK1.
  2. Adam_101

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 11, 2011

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    Location: London

    Excellent - Thank you!
  3. Roady


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,788

    Location: Hereford

    Great writeup Stu even though ambient wasn't recorded (sorry, felt that wasn't mentioned enough ;) )

    Not a huge issue as such a wide test of products can only provide a 'baseline' for others to do the indepth tests anyway. A server room would be a perfect place for this - constant temps, airflow and lack of windows (sunlight can easily heat a room 2+ degrees in an hour or 2).

    Of course there are so many ways to apply paste, I still go with the old method of a rice grain, spread (usually by paper) over the whole ICS, then polished (to use up what's on the paper) into the headsink. Giving it a good wiggle before clamping/screwing down!

    Of course you enter into the avenues of what pastes spread best at different temperatures and how long each takes to cure fully... Then onto life-cycle and shelf-life! These are more for testing in lab conditions than a server room and far in advance of 99% of applications...!

    The time and effort your tests must've taken are a true testament to your character, don't let negative seeming comments on here tell you that people don't appreciate the time and effort it took! The results are more than enough for people to base their cooling choices on! :)
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2013
  4. TooMuchCheese


    Joined: Oct 14, 2013

    Posts: 215

    Still using Artic Silver 5 on any builds i do, and am still extremely happy with the results after years of use. Next time i need some more(lasts a good number of applications), i'll likely buy the same again as i see no reason to change when i'm getting great results from it after years and years of continued use.

    I've been using AS5 in combination with the following stuff all this time and it's almost effortless, cleaning and (re)applying compound in any system.

    Arctic Silver ArctiClean Thermal Material Remover and Surface Purifier

  5. ussie


    Joined: Jan 23, 2013

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    Location: Derby

    Well personally I do it every 6-12 months. I don't have a specific reason why. I just do it xD
  6. hakank68

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 13, 2012

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    Location: Welling

    this is great :)
  7. olivier renault


    Joined: Apr 1, 2009

    Posts: 9,920

    Or the Noctua NT-H1, Thermalright ChillFactor 3. They all perform roughly the same, not electrically conductive, and are easy to use. My MX-4 is also doing a good job. I would probably take a punt on the gelid GC-E though.
  8. nniitt


    Joined: Oct 1, 2013

    Posts: 362

    results are as expected. mx-2 and mx-4 should be doing better in idle.
  9. esoteric

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 5, 2004

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    I'm curious about that liquid metal pad you didn't test since that brand gave the lowest temps with it's paste.
  10. tbyeah

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Windsor/Slough

    After reading this I picked up some Arctic MX2, thanks for doing this :)
  11. frostdragon

    Innovation Cooling Rep

    Joined: Mar 17, 2014

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    The thing is one shouldn't NEED to reapply tim every 6 months to a year. It should be only when you change blocks/cpu's only

    Stulid did a pretty cool job at the testing too.
  12. Hyburnate


    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

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    Location: Near Northants / MK

    Waste of money and waste of time.
  13. arnie2013


    Joined: Apr 11, 2013

    Posts: 284

    I bought my intel i5 3570k last year and added my corsair h80i cooler and applied the thermal paste it that it came with

    I just want to know is this actually efficient enough or can anybody recommend any top end paste. I don't want cheap stuff I want top of the range.
    just to note, my friend set my pc to overclock

    according to CPU-Z my cpu is running at:

    core speed: 4299.00 MHz
    multiplier: x 43.0 ( 16 - 43 )
    bus speed: 99.98 Mhz

    if that helps, I do alot of gaming and my pcis left on overnight as I have world community world running 24/7

    thank you I hope someone can help
  14. Helios1234


    Joined: Jan 9, 2008

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    Location: London/Camberley

    Don't change thermal paste. The one that comes pre-applied is better than most after market ones and it is already spread out evenly which you'll fail to replicate fully by other means.
  15. arnie2013


    Joined: Apr 11, 2013

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    ok thank you for verifying that

    I just hear of that many thermal pastes I just wanted thebest for what my pc is doing
  16. FloppyPoppy


    Joined: Jan 27, 2012

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    Location: The king of the north!

    Thanks for this, helped decided on the gelid solution for my upcoming re build, im very curious to see the temperature difference as the paste on my current system was provided with a nh-d14 :D can't remember what paste it is now but i put it on quite a lot of systems


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    Yes its handy having it pre-applied but some manufactures apply abit to much.

    As for better would depends on what they use.
  18. CleverBalls


    Joined: Aug 16, 2012

    Posts: 224

    Amazing, thanks for the info!
  19. stulid

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  20. Roady


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Hereford

    Using MX-2 here but only because it was on weekly when I was doing my build!

    Find it slightly watery (it also seems to separate slightly) so will probably switch back to AS5 once it's all gone.