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Old August 12th 03, 02:15 PM
Paladin
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Default Best thermal compound?

An old chestnut, maybe, but... I'm planning to attach a Zalman copper cooler
to my P4 3.0, running on an Asus P4C800-ED board, initially at stock speeds.
I have a choice between the supplied thermal grease, Arctic Ceramique or
Arctic Silver. Anyone have any thoughts on which is best?
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Old August 12th 03, 02:36 PM
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"Paladin" wrote in message
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An old chestnut, maybe, but... I'm planning to attach a Zalman copper

cooler
to my P4 3.0, running on an Asus P4C800-ED board, initially at stock

speeds.
I have a choice between the supplied thermal grease, Arctic Ceramique or
Arctic Silver. Anyone have any thoughts on which is best?
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I've read many posts and articles which claim that as good as it is, Arctic
Silver (3) is probably only worth an extra 1-2deg C reduction in
temperature at best over standard thermal compound (when both are properly
applied). I personally found that I didn't really gain anything when I
changed my white goo for AS3 but then I wasn't being overly careful about
how I applied it.

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Old August 14th 03, 12:56 AM
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I bought and installed a Zalmans 7000 CU on my P-4 2.4 gig, using the
supplied compound. I then helped a neighbor build a machine and he bought a
tube of Arctic Silver III. He gave me the rest of the tube. I removed the
Zalmans, cleaned it and the CPU with alcohol and reinstalled it with the AC
III. I didn't see any extra cooling, in fact it may have gone up a degree.
Don't waste your money. Just use what they give you. By the way, I love the
hell out of the Zalmans. I only bought it to quiet things down and that it
does, and keeps it cool.

"Paladin" wrote in message
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An old chestnut, maybe, but... I'm planning to attach a Zalman copper

cooler
to my P4 3.0, running on an Asus P4C800-ED board, initially at stock

speeds.
I have a choice between the supplied thermal grease, Arctic Ceramique or
Arctic Silver. Anyone have any thoughts on which is best?
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Old August 14th 03, 10:03 AM
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"Forrest" wrote in message
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I bought and installed a Zalmans 7000 CU on my P-4 2.4 gig, using the
supplied compound. I then helped a neighbor build a machine and he bought

a
tube of Arctic Silver III. He gave me the rest of the tube. I removed the
Zalmans, cleaned it and the CPU with alcohol and reinstalled it with the

AC
III. I didn't see any extra cooling, in fact it may have gone up a degree.
Don't waste your money. Just use what they give you. By the way, I love

the
hell out of the Zalmans. I only bought it to quiet things down and that it
does, and keeps it cool.


That's all well and good in that case, Zalman make quality gear, charge you
an arm and a leg for it, and aren't gonna give you crap thermal paste with
their products now are they? This experience doesn't necessarily carry over
to cheaper HSFs and the compound that comes with them.
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"Paladin" wrote in message
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An old chestnut, maybe, but... I'm planning to attach a Zalman copper

cooler
to my P4 3.0, running on an Asus P4C800-ED board, initially at stock

speeds.
I have a choice between the supplied thermal grease, Arctic Ceramique or
Arctic Silver. Anyone have any thoughts on which is best?
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Old August 14th 03, 05:02 PM
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Probably true. The bottom of the Zalmans is a mirror finish and most likely
doesn't benefit from the silver filler particles that a rough, non lapped
heatsink might.

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"Forrest" wrote in message
...
I bought and installed a Zalmans 7000 CU on my P-4 2.4 gig, using the
supplied compound. I then helped a neighbor build a machine and he

bought
a
tube of Arctic Silver III. He gave me the rest of the tube. I removed

the
Zalmans, cleaned it and the CPU with alcohol and reinstalled it with the

AC
III. I didn't see any extra cooling, in fact it may have gone up a

degree.
Don't waste your money. Just use what they give you. By the way, I love

the
hell out of the Zalmans. I only bought it to quiet things down and that

it
does, and keeps it cool.


That's all well and good in that case, Zalman make quality gear, charge

you
an arm and a leg for it, and aren't gonna give you crap thermal paste with
their products now are they? This experience doesn't necessarily carry

over
to cheaper HSFs and the compound that comes with them.
--
~misfit~


"Paladin" wrote in message
...
An old chestnut, maybe, but... I'm planning to attach a Zalman copper

cooler
to my P4 3.0, running on an Asus P4C800-ED board, initially at stock

speeds.
I have a choice between the supplied thermal grease, Arctic Ceramique

or
Arctic Silver. Anyone have any thoughts on which is best?
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Paladin

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