Read earlier posts to this very thread...Ninja,
I always wonder what the variability might be between applications of the same TIM. Using Arctic Silver 5, I've had a difference in temps of 5 C, but the first application was clearly not as good as the second when I removed the HSF afterwards. Have you done any repitition of tests?
Read, don't skim messages 57 to 69 or thereabouts.EDIT: So I've skimmed the whole thread, and I guess I missed the part you were talking about. I couldn't find any data on repeated applications of a thermal paste. I did read something where doing 10x applications with each paste plus 100 hours curing time for each application would be impractical. However, I would be interested to see what the variability of results is with a single TIM.
On one of my Opteron boxes, I did a TIM application repetition test quite a few times. In general, after idling 4 hours a day for 3 or 4 days, the idle temps would bottom out. At that point, I'd run dual prime for an hour or so to get a load temp. After a few more days of collecting data, I'd pull the HSF, clean all surfaces and then do the test again. When I first started doing this, the day 3 or 4 idle temps varied by a couple of degrees C.Yes, I'd read those posts. The answer I'm getting is that variability due to TIM application is not tested, but is not thought to be a big variable so long as it's done right.
With practice, you can get to the point that your TIM application will be very reproducible. Find a scheme that works and stick with it. OTOH, most people apply TIM as seldom as possible and this is probably meaningless to them.From my experience with the one temperature being 5 C higher than the other, I was able to see a difference in the way the TIM had spread when I removed the HSF.
Something seems to be missing from your analysis. Assuming your TIM and HSF application/setups are trouble-free, I don't see how a higher load temp can be beneficial to OC stability.I would like to add something up...
By changing to x23 not only did my temps rise (3C) but my stability went to hell... I really advise against the x23. With my previous overclock of E6600@3.5GHz @1.26v, I was getting constant lock ups. I even raised the voltage to a whooping 1.34v and still got instability issues.....
Reverted back to AS3 and.... my stability came back.. my overclock was stable and I was able to go back to my 1.26v.
Something is not right with that paste... I am using a thermaltake 745 cooler with an extra 120mm radiator.
This is not to contradicts da sick ninjas review... but maybe another testing should be used like, Overclocking potential...
Even if temp is higher, if you have a better overclocking potential...
Its like cars and timing... not always more timing give more power... so not always higher heat will lower overclock...
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