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Pros: Seems to be the same as AS-5 to me: I don't see the difference.
Cons: Price has gone up. Small tube.
Overall Review: Always, I prefer to put aside the CPU mfr. supplied heatsink and use aftermarket. For the most part, better older heatsinks, even from the AGP days, work fine for me. The heat problems are better or the same.
I use a thin layer of thermal compound. I can even see the proc die beneath. Idle temps are in the 30s or even lower. A thick or medium application just is no good. I hate to put it like this--it's somewhat of an art--I put on a very small dab and spread it carefully and evenly over the die. If the application is thick, remove it and redo it--I use bulk acetone and denatured alcohol and a q-tip with a proc, or for a HS soak a clean used t-shirt with the chemicals. Try to get the application as thin as possible.
It helps greatly to "lap" your heatsinks (if not smooth) with an electric hand sander (say a palm sander) and increasingly fine sandpaper.
I have never had the problem of a runny consistency with this--it's similar to AS-5. As for shorting out, AS-5 would do the same, right (silver)? At this price, though, why not go with AS or a worthy competitor? (Forget silicone and the idiot globs that come with heatsinks.) It will make you feel better. Some new and interesting products from AS and competitors may soon supersede AS-5. Really, though, I don't note any difference in performance between this and AS-5--it's in the application.
Have a good amount of preferred thermal compound available if you need to have it shipped. It's a good investment, and boxy stores and any others left are increasingly stupid concerning this (it's a low-profit item for them and it takes space)...it's easy to forget thermal compound when you need to make a new sys or to upgrade your proc.
long-standing OEM brand
Cons: Metallic compound can cause electrical shorts (if over applied).
Overall Review: We use these syringes of compound at my job.
We use it for desktops, laptops and even videocard heatsinks.
The consistency is very similar to Arctic Silver 5, with the cooling performance being very nearly so.
I use this for my day-to-day jobs, saving the AS-5 for the "high-end" work.
Pros: Easy enough to install. Fits where I needed it to go. Solved my laptop's thermal issues that appeared after a cpu upgrade that was originally done with the thin coat of arctic silver paste.
Cons: Not so easy to get the clear backing to come off smoothly and keep the pad intact.
Overall Review: Apparently there was a larger gap than acceptable between the cpu and the heatsink of my laptop once the original thermal pad was removed and arctic silver 5 paste was used instead during a cpu upgrade. This pad seems to have filled that gap back into spec and made the new cpu stop going into thermal slowdown under moderate work loads so the laptop runs faster instead of slower now, as it should.
Pros: The thought of it working right
Overall Review: If they would peel off correctly and work. Then they would be great. Otherwise they are garbage.
Cons: *The pads are very small in size, about a inch squared.
*The pads are very thin, and very sticky. Impossible to work with.
* Never managed to apply it correctly. Half of it sticks to the heatsink, the other half to the paper.
Pros: None. Seriously, none.
Cons: As discussed by many previous users, these cannot be applied without destruction of the pad--"wax" paperback will not separate cleanly without tearing or destroying the compound pad. Wasted 3 pads and tossed the remaining two pads--waste of time.
Overall Review: Use 3M thermal pads, Artic Silver thermal compund, or Antec Reference silver thermal compound. They all work! I prefer the last two silver pastes, but when a pad is needed, use the 3M pads.
Cons: The adhesive side does not stick. The wax paper side acts like it is super glued. Impossible to get off without tearing. I would never buy this product again
Cons: These are not adhesive pads. I knew that going in though.
Overall Review: Fine for a temporary situation or experimentation, not sure I'd use these as my primary heat transfer medium.