Arctic Silver Bad...Silicone Good?

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Arctic Silver Bad...Silicone Good?

Postby ChicoMarx » Sun Jun 02, 2002 6:08 pm

I have an XP2100+ with a ThermalTake Volcano 7+. When I use AS3 grease, I get CPU temps of 42C idle, 48 C load. I've redone the AS3 about 4 times (a little less...a little more) with no change. I then try the no-name silicone goop that comes with the Volcano. Temps are 38 C idle, 44 C load. I would have guessed the opposite. I followed the AS3 instructions exactly and also read about thers' application methods on this forum. Any idea why the ThermalTake grease works better? Was it made especially for this particular HSF? I thought that AS3 was the top of the line? Maybe it doesn't work with copper? :?:
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Sun Jun 02, 2002 6:27 pm

There is no way of knowing what that compound is. Perhaps it was specifically designed to work with that heat sink
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Postby Wyrm73 » Sun Jun 02, 2002 6:46 pm

Arctic Silver takes 72 hours to achieve it's maximum heat transfer according to their site. Are you waiting this long? I am mainly curious as I have the same heat sink and was going to add AS3.
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Postby ChicoMarx » Mon Jun 03, 2002 9:46 am

Yeah. Left it on since last week with no lower temps. The AS3 directions say that you will see a "discoloration" of the HS as the grease fills the "microscopic valleys" (interesting PR). After rubbing the stuff in and wiping off the excess, I see no change in the color of the copper.

Tolemac did a review on the 7+ / AS3 combination. I get nowhere near his results. I hope he chimes in on this thread.

If you decide to try both, let me know if you get the same results.
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Postby Tolemac » Wed Jun 05, 2002 6:08 pm

Yeah, I'm chiming in. I don't know exactly what to tell you about your situation. The silicone grease that comes with the heatsink should not be giving you any decrease in temps at all.
This is the first time I have ever heard of the AS3 not giving better temps once applied and the 72+ hours have gone by. All I can say is that you need to keep monitoring your temps and if they go up, then re-try the AS3 and see if they either stabilize or go down.
Please keep us informed as this is very weird. :?
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Postby mik8531 » Wed Jun 05, 2002 9:39 pm

this one is probably way out in left field but the Arctic Silver web page said some retailers are selling other similar products under the name of Arctic Silver. Could be you got one of them. Does the tube the AS3 came in have a red tip cover?
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Postby Half-Saint » Thu Jun 06, 2002 12:27 am

ChicoMarx wrote:After rubbing the stuff in and wiping off the excess, I see no change in the color of the copper.


That's weird. Well the only thing I can think of is.. you wiped off too much :) You're supposed to do it gently.

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Postby datektrader21 » Thu Jun 06, 2002 12:44 am

AS3 lowered my temps by like 4c. i was using as2 on my arkua and it registert like 46-48c at idle now its down to like 40-42c. so purhaps you are applying it wrong? a paper thin layer is all i used.
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Postby ChicoMarx » Thu Jun 06, 2002 4:46 am

Thanx for all the feedback. Yes, it's the real AS3 and maybe I did wipe off too much. I'll give it another try.
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