artic silver

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by the_music_man, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    which one is better? 3 or 5????

    by the way i got to be the newest member of ntfs 2 times!!!!!!! yay hahahah
     
  2. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    ha. :)

    5 is slightly better. and i stress slightly. it's also quite a bit more expensive. i would only get 5 if i needed the absolute best for a particular application. otherwise 3 is still one of the best and a lot cheaper.
     
  3. Erbmaster

    Erbmaster Moderator Folding Team

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    Agrees with Taurus.^^

    Also, it's worth mentioning that there's a lot of fake AS3 going about.
    Buy from a reputable source only, not the cheapest you can find.

    There's a warning about it (or was, haven't checked for a while) on their site.

    The cap colour or something like that was the only give-away to the untrained eye.
    Oh, that and the poor performance the inferior imitation product delivers ;)
     
  4. albybum

    albybum Penguin Rancher

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    Here is a link to Newegg's section for Arctic Silver.

    Newegg Link
     
  5. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    I bought Artic Silver 3 recently for my GFX card. Don't see the point in spending more money on something that you'll notice very little difference between it and the older type.
     
  6. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Is Arctic Silver 3 or 5 better than their new, cheap line of Ceramique? I paid $4 for my little syringe of it.
     
  7. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    I dont think its better, its the same. But thats me, and I'm weird!
     
  8. eddieb

    eddieb OSNN Addict

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    I went to arctic 5 from 3. 5 is thicker than 3 and won't get as liquidy as 3. This means that you won't have to replace it like you do with 3. 5 thickens with time and becomes somewhat like a thermal pad. My cpu temp dropped 3 degrees c. and the temp is more stable not going up under load as much with arctic 5. Yes it is more expensive but I think more than worth it.
     
  9. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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  10. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    My Arctic Silver 3 has been on my OC'd CPU for almost three years without any problems. Arctic Silver 3 is also a thick compound and changes properties in 48 hours or so when applied to the CPU and properly mixed. Are you sure your's wasn't seperated or a fake tube?
     
  11. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    i've had as3 applied for over two years on a video card when i took it off it looked pretty much like it did when i applied it. just a little thicker, which probably happened within th first 48 hours of applying it. i don't think it should need re-applying after a set amount of time.
     
  12. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    I concur, I removed a o/c cpu 1 year later and it still looked good
     
  13. eddieb

    eddieb OSNN Addict

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    It doesn't matter how it looks. It's the thermal properties that are reduced over time. You are welcome to go to the AMD website to read a more detailed explanation. Arctic Silver 3 was intended for people who remove heatsinks and/or processors often, such as hobbiests or developers. AMD recommends using a thermal pad for long term installations, which I think is crap. With Arctic 5 the properties are more stable and do not break down with time. I know that with my setup, the processor temps do go up over time, not much, 1 or 2 degrees only, using Arctic 3. Don't know how Arctic 5 will behave over time, but so far, I like it better than 3. It's suppose to be a different formulation than 3. It is thicker and darker in color. I guess only time will tell if it is better.