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Old 02-06-2012, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, all. I've got a new pair of HD7970s, and I'm getting ready to throw some waterblocks on them. I'm guessing there have been improvements in technology since I did my last setup, so can anyone give me a good idea of what the best thermal interface material for watercooled GPUs is?
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The best TIM would be thermal paste. For TIM, it's a tossup, from comparison to comparison there will be conflicting conclusions.
Here is a nice comparison
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The best TIM would be thermal paste. For TIM, it's a tossup, from comparison to comparison there will be conflicting conclusions.
Thermal Compound Roundup - January 2012 | Hardware Secrets
Actually one of the best TIMs looks to be Mayonnaise, although it looks like Cream Cheese can do in a pinch.

Honestly can't really go wrong with some Tuniq TX-2/4 or Arctic Cooling MX-4.
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Actually one of the best TIMs looks to be Mayonnaise, although it looks like Cream Cheese can do in a pinch.
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haha, read the review ghOst posted, they test all sorts of weird stuff like mayonnaise, cream cheese, mustard, lipstick, toothpaste... you get the idea.
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I have always used Arctic Silver 5 for everything for the past decade almost.
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I've beening using the MX-2 for several years already and it works really well. :-) Another good thermal paste would definitely the Arctic Silver 5. You can't go wrong with these two.
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