best thermal paste for ryzen 5 3600 with stock cooler?

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what is best thermal paste for ryzen 5 3600? I was considering thermal grizzly conductonaut but i heard it doesn't do well with the stock cooler...
 

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none really i use what ever i have on hand and buy whatever doesnt break the bank when i need new stuff. current tube is artic silver 5 and last tube was mx-4. im not hung up on the couple degrees between the best/worse.

I'm the other way around. Old tube was AS5 and new tube is MX4. MX4 has a pretty good price/performance balance last time I looked.

But if you're using the stock cooler, use the stock paste. First, it's not really all that bad, and second, it's not worth chasing every last degree temp wise by buying aftermarket paste if you're just going to slap the stock cooler on there anyway.
 

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what is best thermal paste for ryzen 5 3600? I was considering thermal grizzly conductonaut but i heard it doesn't do well with the stock cooler...
Not so much performance, but that stuff costs far more money than what the stock Wraith Stealth cooler is worth. You're far better off buying a new cooler, such as a Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB, for the same price as just that Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut paste by itself.
 

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I have Arctic Alumina, got a nice big tube for cheap, lol. Not a huge difference between peanut butter and grizzly. As others said, the price difference isn't worth it unless you've already maxed out your cooling and are looking for that last little bit.
 

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what is best thermal paste for ryzen 5 3600? I was considering thermal grizzly conductonaut but i heard it doesn't do well with the stock cooler...
The standard cooler comes with grease already applied to it, so you can just stick it on the CPU. If you need some extra so you can remove and reinstall it later, I like Arctic Silver 5 or Kryonaut (in that order), but you shouldn't need any if you're just going to throw the system together and not touch it again.

If you have to ask this question, indium based liquid metal TIMs aren't for you. They're not for novices, and frankly, even as someone with a great deal of experience, they're such a pain in the ass to deal with, I have a hard time believing anyone actually uses them.
 

trent51

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Liquid Metal TIM is very risky when used on the outside of the CPU IHS. It tends to flake off and sprinkle itself all over the motherboard when you try to remove the cooler.
 

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I second just using the stock paste with the stock cooler.
If you 'have' to replace MX4 or NT-H1 are my go to.
The MX4 primarily because its easy to apply/spread and a above average performer for the price.
 

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... a very thin slice of cream cheese might work if you're in a pinch .. but I wouldn't recommend it. :)
 

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Remove the stock thermal stuff and use kryonaut if you have to buy something. Otherwise, use whatever you have on hand. I recommend getting rid of the stock stuff as I hear it's not easy to get off once you mount it. So, if you ever plan on changing it in the future, you'll be better off with something other than stock.
 

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If you're going to use the stock cooler then used the paste that comes with the cooler. It's already on the heatsink and it's not complete crap paste like pastes used to be on most stock coolers. At least half the time it's probably going to be better to use it simply because you don't have to worry about screwing up application of paste. What little temp difference there is with a better paste will probably be offset by the fact that paste is applied correctly.

I used the stock paste on the stock cooler with my 2600x before I got a new heatsink. I did the same with my son's 2600x and it still has the heatsink and paste with no problems. Sure, his 2600x runs quite a bit warmer than mine but that's because a CM Hyper 212 EVO is a much better cooler than the Wraith Spire. I highly doubt the Arctic Cooling MX-4 paste is really making much difference compared to the paste included on the stock cooler.

If you absolutely feel the need to remove the paste from the stock cooler without even using it I personally recommend Arctic Cooling MX-4. It works fine, spreads easily enough and cleans up easily enough. I didn't have any issues cleaning up the paste from the stock cooler. The only issue is that I had to clean up more paste than usual because it was put onto the stock cooler more thickly than I normally put paste on. Another thing about Arctic Cooling paste. I still have part of an MX-2 syringe of paste I purchased around 13 years ago. That stuff is still good. It might be a little dried out compared to when it was fresh but I could be mis-remembering.

Anyway, you should get some thermal goop just to have it around. It's always a good idea to have some on hand just in case you need it sometime when you weren't expecting it.
 

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I've tried using the latest and greatest from those yearly "best thermal paste of 20XX" and I still haven't found one that beats good 'ol Noctua NT-H1. That's for both fans and AIO coolers using the same dab and same settings.
 

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Remove the stock thermal stuff and use kryonaut if you have to buy something. Otherwise, use whatever you have on hand. I recommend getting rid of the stock stuff as I hear it's not easy to get off once you mount it. So, if you ever plan on changing it in the future, you'll be better off with something other than stock.

Contact cleaner melts it right off.
 

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I use the Cooler Master Mastergel Maker Nano, mainly because it has done well in a few reviews I looked over and, secondly, because of the ridiculously long name.
 

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My stock cooler is still in the box with the stock thermal paste still on it. That said I normally use some artic thermal.laste of sorts, honestly it tends to not make a huge difference unless you're really going for records. Most mainstream pastes are just fine. You'd be hard pressed to see a difference between the most expensive liquid metal and peanut butter in most instances ;). Of courses the peanut butter would break down more quickly. Just be careful if you get anything conductive that you don't get it on any components of squeeze to much out around the CPU.
Application and mounting properly are typically reasons for bad performance, not the thermal paste itself.
A few years old, but still relevant:
https://www.tomshardware.com/amp/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108.html

Jump to paste listing: https://www.tomshardware.com/amp/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108-7.html

Jump to water cooling results: https://www.tomshardware.com/amp/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108-8.html
"We also note that the variation between pastes is very low when applied thinly and with adequate contact pressure.". And denture toothpaste placed 3rd overall, beating out liquid metal.

Air cooling results: https://www.tomshardware.com/amp/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108-9.html
"Under air, the deltas between pastes become slightly larger.". Most are still within a single degree unless you spend $$$$ or go really cheap and/or use tape instead of paste (then it's like 2 degrees).

So, thermal paste a are a lot about nothing overall. Most of the result differences are within margin of error. Moral of this post... Buy something, apply it correctly, enjoy.
 

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I say ditch the stock fan, get a $20 Hyper212 Evo cooler and some Kryonaut Grizzly and enjoy idle in the 30s and load in the 60s max

My 6 year old son's PC has exactly that.
 

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I say ditch the stock fan, get a $20 Hyper212 Evo cooler and some Kryonaut Grizzly and enjoy idle in the 30s and load in the 60s max

My 6 year old son's PC has exactly that.
the cm paste that it comes with is decent enough not to warrant another $15 on grizzly.
 

tangoseal

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the cm paste that it comes with is decent enough not to warrant another $15 on grizzly.

Well I was just offering a best case scenario. But if money matters then the stock cooler and stock paste is honestly just fine. Just dont be like the verge and squirt some paste on top of the factory applied paste lol
 

pendragon1

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Well I was just offering a best case scenario. But if money matters then the stock cooler and stock paste is honestly just fine. Just dont be like the verge and squirt some paste on top of the factory applied paste lol
yeah def dont do that but the 212 come with a tube now. so double pasting them now.
 

Geezer000

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Reeven RT-PRO is the best bang for buck thermal paste out there. Equal to NT-H1 in temps but MUCH cheaper.
 
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