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    Are all Thermal Compounds for both CPU and GPU or are there different greases for the different items? I found a thermal compound that's good and cheap but I need it for both my CPU and GPU but in the description they only talk about the CPU and only gi examples with it. Is i then only for CPU or could I apply it to my GPU as well?
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    Moved to a new thread. This was way off topic where it was.

    But to answer the question, they're pretty much the same substances.

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    Thermal compound is used for both CPUs and GPUs. There aren't any special kinds for specific chips.
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    I bought some Artic Silver ceramique, any thoughts on that stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amdalex View Post
    I bought some Artic Silver ceramique, any thoughts on that stuff?
    It's perfectly good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amdalex View Post
    I bought some Artic Silver ceramique, any thoughts on that stuff?
    It's not the best performing paste, but that #### lasts forever! (Or at least, over 3 years without changing AFAIK)

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    Also new at this, non coductive paste's (which I believe Ceramique is) make me more comfortable. That said after a couple applications following directions I feel confident enough.

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    I've used ceramique for a long time, and before that I used Arctic Alumina. No complaints here for either one. (Heck, I've even used ceramique on car amps before)

    I've disliked every Shinetsu compound I've ever used, Arctic silver doesn't clean nearly as well as nearly anything else (and I really haven't reaped any benefits from using it, unless you count silver splotches on my shirt), Cooler Master's compound separates after a while into a yucky icky mess that resembles if someone drizzled olive oil and peanut brittle on a cpu die (and so does Vantec's for that matter), the standard white silicone grease is pretty decent, but it's hard to find a supplier that gets it from a decent manufacturer. Also relating to this, until I see it with my own eyes, I still regard the various diamond pastes as snake oil.

    On that note I've been told a story that toothpaste works rather well until it dries and cracks up, Best that I can recall, that probably happened during a rather heated 3dmark2000 benchmarking contest.

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    I really like IC Diamond. It's a lot more viscous than most other compounds without being too hard to apply. It also has a polishing effect on surfaces of time if you apply/remove it enough.

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