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This review is from: Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - OEM
Pros: Easy to use. Does a great job.
Other Thoughts: Even if the CPU cooler you're using includes its own compound, use this stuff anyway. It does a great job at transferring heat away from the CPU into the heatsink.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy to use. Works very well.
Other Thoughts: The brief directions on the bottles spell out what to do and what to expect. I got a nice shiny CPU after following the steps. This set is an absolute must-have for both changing out CPU heatsinks and building new systems.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: - Keeps the CPU nice and cool and a safe operating temperature.
- Included fan is nice and quiet.
Cons: This isn't really a con, but the heatsink is HUGE. You needn't worry if you have a large case, but make sure you have ample space inside. Also, the whole motherboard must be removed from the case, so one must budget appropriate time and be careful in doing so.
Other Thoughts: I have seen the light; I will never use stock CPU coolers again.
The stock heatsink & fan that originally came with my AMD Phenom II x6 when I built my system 5 years ago never seemed to actually be keeping the CPU cool. I consistently saw temperature readings into the high 60s (C) and into the low 70s, and that's just idling. It's nothing short of a miracle that the CPU held up this long under being subjected to that kind of torture. Hopefully it continues to work just fine, and I think I've ensured that it will with this new cooler installed. Now it runs at a nice chilly 35 degrees, no more than 45 while playing a game.
The installation process is a lot of work (requiring the complete removal of the motherboard from the case), but should be simple for any system builder. I took extra time and care to make sure the CPU was clean by using the Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier kit, and used the Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound when installing the Cooler Master. The Cooler Master does come packaged with its own compound, but I wanted to ensure the best possible results.
The size of this cooler is probably overkill, and I probably could have gotten away with installing something smaller. But I'm glad I went the overkill-route, given what the CPU has been through up to this point.
As stated in the first sentence, I'll never use stock coolers again. My system has a new lease on life thanks to the product.