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Arctic Silver 5 backfires


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alphaethan

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Hello everyone:

I'm new to this forum, but I hope I will get some answers to this minor problem I been having with this built PC. I recently applied Arctic Silver 5 to my AMD Athlon XP processor, but instead of getting lower temps, I been getting just about the same temp with the stock thermal compound, and spontaneously the temp will raise to almost 50 deg C (bios reading). I was hoping I can get the CPU running at 40 deg C. I freak out when the CPU runs higher than 45 deg C, which was the normal temp with stock thermal compound. I know 50 deg C is actually what many people dreamed of for their CPU, but I think with 2 120mm fans and Arctic Silver 5 it should've lower it much.

I don't really understand what I did wrong, I applied AC5 as instructed on the net, and this temp hike is not even full load temp such as during gaming. I've heard about AC5 tends to cause that problem at times, but I think it's the way you apply it and how much you use. I do tend to leave my computer on all the time, but with all the cooling gadgets, I think it shouldn't be more than 42 deg C. Just imagine when summer comes, yikes.

If anyone have any idea how this problem can be resolved, please post a reply or simply e-mail to alphaethan@yahoo.com.

I thank you for your time.

Alphaethan :tazz:
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Hi,

If you applied artic silver by thier web site instructions you should be ok. I use it all the time and believe it is the best or at least the best I ever used. The main thing is to spread it paper thin or as thin as you can possiblly get, I spread it with a piece of a credit card to accomplish this.

Did you clean the old thermal compound off using isopropyl alcohol? This is important and can lead to decreased performance.

The manufacturer claims it can take a hundred or so power up and down cycles for artic silver to reach its full performance but I don't really experiance this, maybe 10 to 20.

The temps you describe seem ok but to compare the system in my sig at a room temp of 70f runs at 37c idle and 58c when under full load.

What hsf do you have and what are your full load temps?
Also if your system is stable I would not worry to much.

Rick
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alphaethan

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First of all, thanx for taking the time to reply Rick. To answer you question, I just have the stock hsf, and the full load temp is usually 45 deg C. At least that was the temp when I had my stock grease that came with the hsf and cpu. After applying AS5, if I let the computer run 24/7 like I always do, it goes above 50 deg C spontaneously.

I think I just didn't take the application procedures seriously. I need to reapply AS5 with a much thinner layer. I guess the idea behind AS5 is to increase the contact efficiency between the heat sink and processor core, so more doesn't equal to better.

So, I will try to reapply AS5, and hope for the best:)

Again, thanks.

Alphaethan
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so u spread it i didnt spread it on my P4 it just said to put the HSF straight on the dot u put on there. mine jumped like 8 C


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