Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound 4g $3 Shipped

MavericK

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This is pretty much all I use currently...great stuff. Might grab an extra tube.
 

dC0m

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How does MX-2 compare to the former MX-3 and MX-4? I only use MX-2, but I ran out and might need to get some more.
 

TheGeekFreek

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Good stuff, Started using this over AS5

Works just as good, spreads easier, not electrically conductive.
 

Retsam

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Id be all over this if I needed some.

I still have AS5 from like 5 years ago with plenty left, a tube of that shin etsu stuff, as well as that generic cooler master stuff that comes with my Hyper 212+. : /
 

MavericK

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I really like this stuff because it works better than AS5 and is not conductive. I can't say whether or not MX-3 or MX-4 is better (one would think it is, though), but this stuff is plenty good. Any analysis of performance increase beyond this and you're picking nits.
 

syn0s

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Thanks.. picked up 2, even though I have some Hyper 212+ stuff and some AS5.. can't ever have enough TIM!
 

MavericK

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That was fast, I ordered one a couple hours ago and it's shipped already.
 

MrMike

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That was fast, I ordered one a couple hours ago and it's shipped already.

Same.

After the first few orders they probably had someone sitting there with a box of them and a case of small padded envelopes. :p
 

Insula Gilliganis

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MaximumPC recently tested the MX-2 and wrote..

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The predecessor to Arctic Cooling’s MX-4 is slightly lighter and slightly thinner than the newer compound, but is also non-metallic and electrically non-conductive. Its performance was almost indistinguishable from MX-4—well within the margin of error. It’s also a few bucks cheaper, so if you’re especially budget-conscious, go for the older but cheaper compound.

Geek Approved?: Yes
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Unfortunately the MX-2 isn't listed in Hardwaresecrets' monthly "Thermal Compound Roundup" but the MX-4 is.
 

XacTactX

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http://skinneelabs.com/2011-tim-results/

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MX-2 is a hair better than MX-4, but it really doesn't matter because they are practically identical. If you aren't a stickler for 0.25* C, you can get a 25g tube of Ceramique 2 for about $10 on eBay. It really depends what quantity you want, but either way this is a great deal.

Good find OP, thanks for posting. I wish I could make an excuse to get some.
 

yankee495

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I'm in for two! Thanks...

Using TX-2 now...some say it is better...someday I may find out.
 

Kueller

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I only have a little AS5 and shin-etsu left in each tube, guess now is as good a time to restock as any. In for 2!
 

NoNRG

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MX-2 is a hair better than MX-4, but it really doesn't matter because they are practically identical. If you aren't a stickler for 0.25* C, you can get a 25g tube of Ceramique 2 for about $10 on eBay. It really depends what quantity you want, but either way this is a great deal.

Good find OP, thanks for posting. I wish I could make an excuse to get some.

F*&# me. I'm using Shin Etsu G751. :eek: lol
 

DuronClocker

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Eh, just ordered 3. Even a single tube will probably last me a couple years, but figured it'll be a loooong time since I have to use stock paste again now.
 

Ferdjones

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Just ran out of AS-5, so this is a good time to get more thermal paste. Thanks op, got 2.
 

sbinh

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In for 3 .. used Mwave rewards .. knock the price for 3 to $5.49 shipped .. :D

Thanks.
 

NickJames

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What's the shelf life of thermal paste? Does it tend to harden or something over time? I bought 5 packs last time it was on sale haven't used all of it so just curious.
 

Unknown-One

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Good stuff, Started using this over AS5

Works just as good, spreads easier, not electrically conductive.
AS-5 isn't electrically conductive. Go ahead, try using it to draw a trace, it wont carry any electricity.

Yes, AS-5 is full of highly conductive silver, but the silver particles in AS-5 are encapsulated in non-conductive oil. At worst, AS-5 is very slightly capacitive, but only just... you could slather it all over circuits and bare contacts, and never have a single issue.
 
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