Arctic MX-5 Thermal Compound Listed Ahead of Launch

chithanh

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Top of the list was "Water based lubricant".

They didn't test long term.
IgorsLab indeed warned against using any of these long-term, but said there can be a specific scenario where one makes sense. He tested the lubricant for up to a work day (8 hours) and it was fine. Mind that it is electrically conductive and take precautions. The gearbox oil has been tested for a few weeks. For a temporary benchmark build, or while you are waiting for your order of TIM to arrive, they will probably be ok.
 

cybereality

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Not sure about you guys, but I sure as hell ain't putting lube in my computer.

I'll wait for my TIM to arrive, but I have loads of free ones that come with coolers around if I really need.
 

Armenius

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IgorsLab indeed warned against using any of these long-term, but said there can be a specific scenario where one makes sense. He tested the lubricant for up to a work day (8 hours) and it was fine. Mind that it is electrically conductive and take precautions. The gearbox oil has been tested for a few weeks. For a temporary benchmark build, or while you are waiting for your order of TIM to arrive, they will probably be ok.
Definitely would not use anything water-based in my PC that isn't contained. I'd be interested to see what the CPU looks like with the gearbox oil after weeks of use. I bet it's going to look and smell amazing.
 

pendragon1

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first tube came early BUT im off until next monday so ill have to wait to get back to work for a comparison...
box was a bit smooshed and qr codes on it dont seem to be active either.
 

Jandor

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MX3 and MX4 are both good. MX3 is very greasyy. The good thing is those thermal paste last very long. Means if you get off the heatspreader in 10 years from now, you will get still greasy paste not some solid stuff as with other thermal pastes, including arctic silver.
 

cybereality

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MX3 and MX4 are both good. MX3 is very greasyy. The good thing is those thermal paste last very long. Means if you get off the heatspreader in 10 years from now, you will get still greasy paste not some solid stuff as with other thermal pastes, including arctic silver.
Not sure about that. I've been using MX4 for a while, and I recently rebuilt my spare computer and it was brittle flakes. I think I pasted it 4 years ago. I thought it would last longer.

In any case, I switched to thermal pads. So far, so good. They are inert so should last forever.
 

w4ffles

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I have a tube of MX-5 arriving on Saturday. I'm sure my Arctic Silver 5 is still fine to use but I wanted something non-conductive for re-pasting my graphics card.
 

Falkentyne

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I got my 50g tube of MX-5 yesterday. Haven't tested it since I don't think it beats Thermalright TFX and I don't want to tear down my RTX 3090 or my AIO to try it right now.
Maybe I'll toss it on my laptop MXM GPU or something (which also has TFX on it)
 
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