What is The Best Thermal Paste to Purchase in 2017?

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by cageymaru, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. Brian_B

    Brian_B 2[H]4U

    Mar 23, 2012
    The silicon will probably be fine with it.

    But there are an awful lot of mechanical connections in your computer as well that you don't often think of. The pins mating inside the socket, the solder joints on the motherboard, the traces on the PCBs. Those all flex as they heat up and cool down, and the bigger the difference between cool and hot, the more the flexing. It isn't much, but it all adds up over time. It attributes to weirdness - finding a power cable loose on a hard drive after it hadn't been moved and had been working fine for 2 years. Video card needs to be reseated in the PCI slot for no explicable reason, cap decides to snap one lead off the solder joint, etc.

    You can't eliminate thermal expansion entirely. But you can mitigate it. Odds are something in your computer will break as a direct result of mechanical disturbances due to thermal expansion before any silicon actually fails because of dielectric degradation.


    Also, I have some AS5 and AS Ceramique in a drawer, both are years old and still get used on my builds. Love them both, both work well and hold up well long term, but ASC is a bit easier to work with (less sticky)
  2. LigTasm

    LigTasm [H]ardness Supreme

    Jul 29, 2011
    AS5 leaves nasty black stains on everything, but I have some as a backup since its cheap. Been working through a tube of Prolimatech PK-3 and Noctua HT-1 I got with some coolers, I don't use it enough these days to run out quick.