artic silver

Taurus

hardware monkey
#2
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.
 

Erbmaster

OSNN Veteran Addict
#3
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 ;)
 

ming

OSNN Advanced
#5
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.
 
#8
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.
 
#10
eddieb said:
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.
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?
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#11
eddieb said:
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.
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.
 

jdn

I'm trying
#12
Friend of Bill said:
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?
I concur, I removed a o/c cpu 1 year later and it still looked good
 
#13
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.
 

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