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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G - OEM - OEM

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Thermal compound is necessary to create a reliable transfer of heat from your computer's processor to its heatsink to keep your CPU from overheating. Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound does this with three unique shapes and sizes of pure silver particles to maximize particle-to-particle contact area and thermal transfer. It's optimized for use between modern high-power CPUs and high-performance heatsinks or water-cooling solutions. This 12-gram tube contains enough compound to cover at least 50 small CPU cores, or 20 large CPU cores, or 7 to 15 heat plates.

Note: This is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version, which includes the product, but nothing else. They are packaged generically and are best suited for system builders who don't require documentation or bundled accessories.

  • newegg 99.9% Pure Silver The Arctic Silver 5 uses three unique shapes and sizes of pure silver particles to maximize particle-to-particle contact area and thermal transfer.
  • newegg High Density The Arctic Silver 5 contains over 88% thermally conductive filler by weight. The thermally-enhanced ceramic particles including micronized silver, sub-micron zinc oxide, aluminum oxide and boron nitride particles improve the compound's performance and long-term stability.

Learn more about the Arctic Silver AS5-12G

Model

Brand
Arctic Silver
Model
AS5-12G

Details

Specifications
Average Particle Size:
<0.49 micron <0.000020 inch
Extended Temperature Limits:
Peak: -50 Degrees C to >180 Degrees C
Long-Term: -50 Degrees C to 130 Degrees C


Performance:
3 to 12 degrees centigrade lower CPU full load core temperatures than standard thermal compounds or thermal pads when measured with a calibrated thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.


Coverage Area:
A 3.5 gram syringe contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates. At a layer 0.003" thick, the 3.5 gram syringe will cover approximately 16 square inches.

Features

Features
12-gram

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  • Onus
  • 5/12/2015 9:32:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable standby

Pros: Consistent, reliable performance, never poor. This quantity should last a good while. Easy to remove with 91% isopropyl alcohol.

Cons: Not the best any more? Certainly no reason to remove an egg; it is quite good.

Other Thoughts: I've been using AS-5 for many years. Although no longer the "best" thermal paste, most people (i.e. all but competitive overclockers) will probably not notice a significant difference (for mild-moderate overclocks, 1C-2C is not significant). The amount in this tube, for the money, is excellent.

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  • Homsi
  • 4/6/2015 12:13:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the best compounds available.

Pros: The large syringe allows for easier application and storage of this compound. 12 grams of this compound permits multiple applications over time. Compared to the stock thermal compounds shipped by OEMs, Arctic Silver does a better job maintaining thermal dissipation from dye to heatsink.

Cons: The compound is electrically conductive. Do not get this on components and surfaces that do not require the use of a thermal compound. The possibility of shorting out your device from misuse does exist. Clean up takes a bit of work.

Other Thoughts: Prior to installation, purify the surface/component before applying this compound. You do not want to dilute it with previous compound applications. Be sure to stress the component (CPU/GPU) upon initial application to set and cure the paste. Initial temperatures will seem lower than the average temperatures after a month of consistent usage. Over time, the paste will dry and a reapplication may be necessary if not enough compound is applied initially.

My first installation with this compound was on an Early 2011 13.3 inch Apple MacBook Pro running an Intel Core i5 2.3ghz (Sandy Bridge Core i5 2415m). Initial temperatures using Apple's stock thermal compound ranged from 55 degrees celsius at idle to 107 degrees celsius at load. After applying this compound, I was able to drop the temperatures to 38 degrees celsius at idle to 96 degrees celsius at load. That's an excellent improvement compared to what similar users have reported. I expect this MacBook CPU to last much longer with these improved ratings.

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  • Joe Who?
  • 2/25/2015 1:04:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPS

Pros: Postscript to previous review.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you keep the tube of Arctic Silver 5 in the refrigerator, you can extend its shelf life for years. Warm it up before applying to the CPU though, or it'll be thick and hard to work with.

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  • Joe Who?
  • 2/25/2015 1:01:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest all-around TIM out there

Pros: Much better than thermal pads and almost any stock grease. Easy to work with, consistent results. Doesn't deteriorate with time - in fact as it settles in, your temperatures improve. BIG TUBE, so if you're building a ton of systems this is definitely the way to go!

Cons: 90% of reviewers in here have no clue how to use this stuff.

Other Thoughts: For starters, this stuff is ridiculously easy to clean up. Just use a little isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). I suspect that the fancy ArctiClean wipes are nothing more than that.

Arctic Silver 5 is NOT electrically conductive, contrary to what at least one silly reviewer has stated. I knew that, but just out of curiosity I took a multimeter, and with less than 1/16" of grease between the probes, I can't get a conductivity reading even with the range cranked to 200 megohms. However, because it's non-conductive, you're still not going to want to get any on your CPU pins or in any of the other connectors on your board. Also, just FYI, the circuits on your motherboard are coated with a non-conductive film anyway. The hysterical reviewer can be ignored entirely.

Another reviewer claims that it "cakes and dries up" after a year or two. It does congeal a bit over time, and this is by design. This actually improves your temperatures. (Remember that it's the *silver* that conducts the heat, not the greasy stuff - and the silver particles don't evaporate. The grease is just there at the beginning to get the silver to the right location.) Temperatures on a fresh install of Arctic Silver 5 are *never* as good as an install that's had a few weeks or months to 'burn in'. Typically, your CPUs will run 5-10C cooler after the burn-in period. As a long-term example, I have an old system that has been together for at least 4 years, and it's temperatures are excellent.

Other people are complaining/praising Arctic Silver 5 for how hard/easy it spreads. IF YOU'RE SPREADING IT, YOU'RE APPLYING IT WRONG, and you will have air pockets guaranteed. Apply a small gob (size of a pea) to the center of the CPU, and put the cooler down on top, nice and square, letting the cold plate squish the gob of the grease flat (which also squishes the air out). No air pockets possible. These directions can be found on Arctic Silver's website, or on many overclocking websites.

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  • N/A
  • 2/16/2015 5:29:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Best

Pros: Transfers heat extremely well and is nonconductive for electricity.

Cons: None

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  • N/A
  • 1/2/2015 6:30:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood stuff

Pros: It works.

Cons: easy to misplace the syringe.

Other Thoughts: buy in bulk and save. you'll probably use it eventually.

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  • iccowan
  • 1/1/2015 7:46:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLarge Amount, High Quality

Pros: This was very easy to put on, and it works very well. It spreads great as well if you just put a grain of rice sized dot.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Be aware that this is a very large amount. All you need is the 3 gram container. I messed up putting the heat sink on, and had to reapply the thermal paste, and I still had basically the whole amount left.

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  • N/A
  • 12/4/2014 3:53:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Always trust the handy dandy Arctic Silver 5, ALWAYS!

Cons: None

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  • Drifty-E
  • 11/28/2014 9:15:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAS-5 Read Mfg recommendation on website

Pros: Arctic Silver 5 (AS-5) is the best thermal compound out there for processor-to-heatsink interface. I am overclocking my "Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W" reliably at 4.3 GHz with AS-5 and a "Cooler Master Nepton 240M - CPU Water Cooling System". This is my third system build in 3 years, and on the build-before-this I had used a thermal pad that came with a different-brand water-cooler, and didn't get nearly as good results in OC'ing. While there is some luck-of-the draw in getting a good-OC'ing processor, with AS-5 you know you're using the best thermal compound.

Cons: Applying AS-5 is a lot more trouble than a thermal pad, especially if you pre-condition the processor-cap and heatsink-base, but I'm getting great cooling with my AS-5 as compared to my prior thermal pad.

Other Thoughts: It is best to follow the manufacturer's applications on their website, which are considerably different than what you see in most system-build demos For my "Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W", I followed Arctic Silver's website directions and pre-conditioned both the processor-cap and heatsink-base and used the line-application (rather than pea-size) per ArcticSilver's instructions, and the results are all for which I could wish.

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  • Des
  • 8/30/2014 10:16:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLasts forever!

Pros: I've used this thermal paste on every build I've ever done. That's over 400 PCs. I never use stock thermal paste. This simply conducts heat better than anything I've ever used. The only somewhat close thermal compound (in a side-by-side comparison) came with a VERY expensive cooler and it was more of a tie.

This large capacity is amazing. I used it at a medium sized repair shop and it lasted months and months. It seems to last longer than it should when you compare it to the smaller size.

The cooling difference over stock is typically several Celsius. I have checked the paste after 3 years on several machines and it still looked acceptable, which is very different than the chalky ceramic stuff most coolers come with and the temperatures were still good.

Cons: The cap can easily get stuck on so tightly, even pliers can barely get it off. Be careful not to over-tighten it.

Other Thoughts: Although cleaning this paste off, if the need arose, is very difficult, Arctic also makes a cleaning/removal fluid.

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