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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G - OEM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Postscript to previous review.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you keep the tube of Arctic Silver 5 in the refrigerator, you can extend its shelf life for years. Warm it up before applying to the CPU though, or it'll be thick and hard to work with.

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G - OEM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best all-around TIM out there 02/25/2015

This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G - OEM

Pros: Much better than thermal pads and almost any stock grease. Easy to work with, consistent results. Doesn't deteriorate with time - in fact as it settles in, your temperatures improve. BIG TUBE, so if you're building a ton of systems this is definitely the way to go!

Cons: 90% of reviewers in here have no clue how to use this stuff.

Other Thoughts: For starters, this stuff is ridiculously easy to clean up. Just use a little isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). I suspect that the fancy ArctiClean wipes are nothing more than that.

Arctic Silver 5 is NOT electrically conductive, contrary to what at least one silly reviewer has stated. I knew that, but just out of curiosity I took a multimeter, and with less than 1/16" of grease between the probes, I can't get a conductivity reading even with the range cranked to 200 megohms. However, because it's non-conductive, you're still not going to want to get any on your CPU pins or in any of the other connectors on your board. Also, just FYI, the circuits on your motherboard are coated with a non-conductive film anyway. The hysterical reviewer can be ignored entirely.

Another reviewer claims that it "cakes and dries up" after a year or two. It does congeal a bit over time, and this is by design. This actually improves your temperatures. (Remember that it's the *silver* that conducts the heat, not the greasy stuff - and the silver particles don't evaporate. The grease is just there at the beginning to get the silver to the right location.) Temperatures on a fresh install of Arctic Silver 5 are *never* as good as an install that's had a few weeks or months to 'burn in'. Typically, your CPUs will run 5-10C cooler after the burn-in period. As a long-term example, I have an old system that has been together for at least 4 years, and it's temperatures are excellent.

Other people are complaining/praising Arctic Silver 5 for how hard/easy it spreads. IF YOU'RE SPREADING IT, YOU'RE APPLYING IT WRONG, and you will have air pockets guaranteed. Apply a small gob (size of a pea) to the center of the CPU, and put the cooler down on top, nice and square, letting the cold plate squish the gob of the grease flat (which also squishes the air out). No air pockets possible. These directions can be found on Arctic Silver's website, or on many overclocking websites.

Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-209DBK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Burns everything well. Fed a few different breeds of disc through it (TDK DVD and DVD+DLs, Optical Quantum BD-Rs, Sony DVDs and CDs, even some cruddy Aone Plus+ BD-Rs), and the only problem I ran into was trying to burn junk media too fast. Backed off the speed a bit from 10x to 8x (this is on media rated for 4x), and it was fine.

Checked the burn quality using DiscSpeed on a drive with scanning capabilities. Excellent scores for the media I'm using.

The LED on the front is not just some mindless blinking "busy" light, but actually goes out to tell you when a buffer underrun occurs. This is important diagnostic info for multi-burner systems.


Cons: Eject button is kinda stiff. Not a huge issue unless you're arthritic.

Drive is approx. 3/8" longer than most burners. Again, not a big problem unless you have a very cramped case.

Other Thoughts: Very good burner, would recommend.


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Display Name: Beniah W.

Date Joined: 05/11/10

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  • Last Review: 11/17/15
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