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This review is from: Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - OEM
Pros: I'm sure it works okay for some people.
Cons: I used this on my stock intel HSF and the cpu in my system at stock settings was close to 90c! (4670k). Just ridiculous. I've not installed a ton of cpu's but I have installed all of them on every pc ive built in the last 15 years and never had a problem. And this suff isn't great for me. I think it spread just fine. When I removed the HSF to install my water cooler the paste was even and minimal with a little pushed off the cpu.
My h100i brought down my temps to 65 full load for ten minutes. Not totally knocking this paste but people have better temps with intel stock paste that comes on the HSF.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't buy it again. Go for arctic silver 5 unless you have to have something that's not conductive. You can spend the extra 5 bucks.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: i5 4670k is smokin' fast. I upgraded from an fx 4100 @ 4.4 ghz and this thing doubled my cpu score on every benchmark i've tried without OC'ing.
I thought my 4100 was decent but it turns out it was bottlenecking my gtx 760 pretty bad. I went from 20 fps in a crowded city to roughly 90. That's ridiculous. WoW is clearly a cpu dependent game. For anyone who plays wow, to put it in perspective, With my fx 4100 in Isle of conquest when you meet in the middle, roughly 30-40 people on your screen at once. Fx 4100 yielded single digits, unplayable. 4670k yields fantasticly playable framerates in the 40-50s. This is on high settings. I can play ultra but it doesnt look any better.
To sum it up, great great cpu.
This is my first intel CPU in about 15 years. AMD just isn't in the game right now. If I were on more of a budget i'd probably spring for an 8350. From now on I'll probably buy intel products until AMD show's me something fun. My fx 4100 was such a let down. Bulldozer zambezei was all hype. It'll OC like crazy (I got mine to boot at 5ghz with stock cooler), but anything comparable by intel will spank it and make it sit in the corner.
Cons: The only terrible....and I do mean terrible thing about intel is how bad their stock HSF is. I can not believe how trashy this thing is.
I have been using my AMD stock cooler and have had fantastic luck with my fx cpu. OC'd it almost a full ghz on it. This intel HSF is in a whole new level of garbage. They use about as much aluminum as youd get from a couple soda bottles and a tiny disc of copper.
I used some arctic silver on my stock HSF and today I did a prime95 test and it reached 88c before i stopped it. Not even a full ten minutes. This is absolutely unacceptable even for a stock HSF. You shouldn't HAVE to buy an aftermarket cooler for stock settings.
Hopefully I just used too much paste, didn't get it seated right or something stupid. If I get a new HSF and can't OC it i'm going to be pretty let down.
Other Thoughts: Stock HSF temps aside, this cpu is a beast. I'm super happy with my purchase and I can't wait to get a new cooler to see what it can really do.
My PC goes from power off to windows desktop in 3-4 seconds with my SSD and this cpu. Just ridiculous performance. Just buy it......with an aftermarket cooler.
Pros: Installed everything flawlessly. The Bios are fantastic. Pc starts in about 3 seconds with my SSD. Haven't gamed on it yet or tried to OC my 4670k. As of now I'm highly satisfied.
Cons: Your mom didn't come with it.
Other Thoughts: I'd buy this board again. It looks good even though the connections are brown. It's hard to tell in a dark case. Red goes well with this board. Everything works fine.READ FULL REVIEW