Same here, and it has made me less keen on high end pastes, since I basically want to put it in there and forget it. According to this, the high end stuff is typically the thinner ones, prone to the pump out effect.There are definitely things I didn't know about thermal paste in there.
So some cherry picked comments from random unhappy people on forums, and how far off mainstream did you have to go (and what language) to find something that looks like a review where it finished mid pack?
First link in google search. And Toms is a widely recognizable site in English, Where did you get your graph?1 site showing their results? not much of an argument either.
some russian site they often release benchmarks early, i don't remember the name as its in russian | i don't speak russian. This is something i compiled a year ago.First link in google search. And Toms is a widely recognizable site in English, Where did you get your graph?
It's one of the top if not the #1 most effective paste after liquid metal, in nearly every test at every reputable site, so here are some more after Toms:
27 pastes: Tied for first:
Fewer pastes: But finishes first:
47 pastes: First place after liquid metals:
It is still in the works for sure, in fact it's the test I'm looking forward to doing the most, It's just an incredibly time consuming test to perform. Since I test in a case, + am planning to do a 30 minute test per TIM, with the mounting and unmounting of the cooler between, it's gonna have a lot of hours in it.
I know what you mean, I've seen that in many tooth pastes. (I have pleasure of applying plenty of paste to servers)*part of the reason I strayed from GC-Extreme, is due to an Indonesian guy who livestreams paste tests on youtube and he has a newer tube of GC-Extreme which consistently tests way worse than an couple years old tube he has.
That's an interesting note about dense pastes.I know what you mean, I've seen that in many tooth pastes. (I have pleasure of applying plenty of paste to servers)
though I never had a -really- bad batch of paste on servers.
we had ordered some kryonaut since one of the admins was telling us how great it is - well it turned out to be 40% great, 40% mediocre, 20% below expectations. While Artic and Noctua produced more linear results almost every time we bought them. I personally noticed that each generation after ivy bridge benefited more from denser pastes - that put more pressure.
(Now that I think about it, it may be a global problem with contact plates, as maybe the quality is going down year after a year - to point where amd gpu's now also suffer from poor contact or chip makers cheap out.)
GC Extreme is known to dry out quickly. You would have to replace that stuff every year. I would never touch the stuff for any application.Come to think of it, I had used GC-Extreme for a re-lid and my results seemed to get slightly worse over time. So, maybe that was pump out?! Maybe GC-Extreme isn't suite for being directly on the core.
Just saw this post. Thanks for the recommendation. Ordered a tube of PK-2 from Amazon today.Prolimatech PK-2 is my go-to. PK-3 is better, but much harder to get an good application. PK-2 works very well with the pea method on AM4 and Intel sockets.
I use PK-2 on my personal systems.
I got some IC Diamond. I've been using that on the test bench lately. I ran out last night and I won't be getting more. I'd say skip it. The performance is decent, but its expensive and it doesn't spread worth a crap.That's an interesting note about dense pastes.
According to Der8auer, denser pastes may have more longevity. Maybe I'll pick up some IC-Diamond, next time I want to switch out paste. See how it compares to this Thermalright TF8.
Der8auer also said that they have a new Kryonaut ready to release and a new Conductonaut nearly ready. So maybe they noticed consistency problems and fixed it with a more sustainable recipe?
*and yeah, the contact plate on the new AMD cards is pretty disappointing. AMD really missed with the reference coolers on NAVI.
Not in my experience. I've used GC-Extreme for 2 years before changing and it was fine. The only reason I changed it for fresh paste, was because I got a new heatsink.GC Extreme is known to dry out quickly. You would have to replace that stuff every year. I would never touch the stuff for any application.
I've been using IC Diamond 7 for awhile. Performance is good, but when I removed the heatsink after 2.5 years, it looked like there may have been some drying/air in between. Hard to say.I got some IC Diamond. I've been using that on the test bench lately. I ran out last night and I won't be getting more. I'd say skip it. The performance is decent, but its expensive and it doesn't spread worth a crap.