arctic silver 5 vs MX-2

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  1. HuNTeR-

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    I want to buy asus g73jh,and I want to reaplied thermal paste on gpu and cpu.Which thermal paste is better: Arctic silver 5 or MX-2?For me is important any degree.Thanks,
     
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  3. lehtv

    lehtv Elite Member

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    Do you already have these pastes? If so it doesn't really matter which one you use, they're similar quality. If not and you're considering what to buy, I'd recommend MX-4.

    You want to reapply thermal paste on a laptop? People do that? :) I highly doubt it's going to make enough of a difference to be worth the hassle.
     
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    PliotronX Diamond Member

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    MX-2 is generally a better performer and not even slightly capacitive. It tends to perform better than MX-3 and 4 and suffers less long term deterioration. MX-2 is one of my all time favs :)
     
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    Tom's Hardware's thermal paste roundup results disagree with that. MX-2 is better only when used on the GPU. For the CPU, MX-4 is better and MX-2 and AS5 are about the same.

    Closed-Loop Liquid Cooler; High Mounting Pressure
    MX-4 32.4
    MX-2 32.9
    AS5 33.0
    -> MX-4 is better than MX-2 which is about the same as AS5

    CPU Air Cooler; High Mounting Pressure
    MX-4 36.5
    MX-2 36.6
    AS5 37.7
    -> MX-4 and MX-2 are about the same, AS5 is worse

    CPU Air Cooler; Low Mounting Pressure
    MX-4 36.9
    MX-2 37.5
    AS5 37.7
    -> MX-4 is better than MX-2 which is about the same as AS5

    Air-Cooled GPU; Medium Mounting Pressure
    MX-2 66.5
    MX-4 67.5
    AS5 69.5
    -> MX-2 beats MX-4 beats AS5

    One can wonder about the margin of error though. Each application of thermal paste is a little different, each mounting a little different, there's a good chance that those decimals are pretty meaningless unless a sufficient number of reapplications was done, but I don't see any mention of testing methodology in the roundup.

    TweakTown's results: MX-3 beats MX-4 beats MX-2 beats AS5. However other sites have found that MX-4 beats MX-3 (hardwareheaven, eTeknix), so I'm inclined to believe that MX-4 is indeed the best of the bunch for CPU cooling (as you would expect, given that it's then newest iteration in the MX series).
     
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    aigomorla Cases and Cooling Mod PC Gaming Mod Elite Member
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    the problem with tests on AS5 is the cure time required for AS5.

    However MX should still outperform AS5.
     
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    lehtv Elite Member

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    ^Good point =)