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Don't expect miracles
on 13 September 2015
Can't help feeling that expensive, branded thermal paste is all snake-oil. I got a new CPU recently, and in my excitement, decided to install it, despite finding I didn't have any thermal paste. So I just used the residue that remained stuck to the bottom of the CPU cooler that had been there for 6 years, which had originally come free with the cooler. It worked and I did some thermal benchmarks.
Meanwhile I ordered this Arctic Cooling product. I researched the best squeeze pattern / spreading techniques, to ensure I applied it correctly. (TL;DR for the curious: it really hardly makes any difference, but a large diagonal cross is among the best.) I pulled off my cooler, cleaned the surfaces with alcohol swabs, applied the paste as planned, reassembled, and re-ran the benchmarks.
5°C cooler? 10°C? Nope. *Exactly the same* as before. For me, this stuff was no better than the 6 year old residue of generic paste, and therefore a waste of money.