Artic Silver 3 VS Antec Silver???

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  1. Nuke209

    Nuke209 New Member

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    Which is better??? I have both artic silver 3 and antec reference silver thermal compound...and they both look so alike, same bottle and size....any difference though???
     
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    artic silver 3 is far better, it uses much smaller particles or silver, giving it better contact.
     
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    Nuke209 New Member

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    are you sure they're not the same stuff??? i'm just wondering
     
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    Might be the same, I heard about them repacking AS3 under the Antec name :\
     
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    JavaFox E Pluribus Unum

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    I would use Arctic Alumina
     
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    phoenixphylok Mega-Lurker

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    any metallic thermal grease is MUCH better than thermal paste(yuk). The differences between brands isnt really all that much of a difference. The real difference is in the fact it's silver!
     
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    Actually Antec's product is called "Antec reference" and says in little letters that its a silver compound.
    But its not really silver...its more or a brownish colour.
    Ive been using this stuff lately and my temps are very good.

    Im sure either one is pretty good as they both come from well known companies
    and not some fake like that of an asian copy that was floating around a while back.
     
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    In figures, Arctic Silver 3 has ">9.0 W/mK" (according to specs), while Antec Reference only "8.2 W/mK". This means the Arctic product has better thermal conductivity (it's the one you want).

    However, only direct experience with both products will actually tell you which one is better.

    Arctic Alumina pulls 4W/mK, much less than any of the above; it is also half the price of AS3. I have read somewhere that AS3 will give you an edge of about 2-3° C over AA, so if you think temperature is not critical, AA could be the choice.

    Last but not least, reliability (endurance) is to a thing to consider - none of the specs sais anything on this, and again user experience is the only source of information.
     
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    Artic Silver 3 > Antec Silver

    :p
     
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    AS3 is the best- people have tested it many times.
     
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    I've still got some Artic Silver II and it's working plenty fine for me. I just don't see the need to upgrade my cpu grease everytime a new type is released that claims it cuts temps two or three more degrees. If it were a substantial decrease in temps then that is different.
     
  13. BWX

    BWX get out and ride

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    AS2 AND AS3 aren't very far apart, but AS3 is WAY better than the white crud that comes w/ most cpu/mb combos. I can say that from experience. I bought a combo last year, it ran at about 55c w/o O/C'ing, would climb really high when trying to OC at all. I bought some AS3 and followed directions, now my PC runs at 39-40c at stock speed and 42-43c at 1.6 to 1.7ghz Max under load is 46-47c. That is a HUGE difference.
     
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    I still have a tube of the Antec stuff laying around. I've never used any of the AS products just never got around to ordering it. My current heatsink came had a small tube of Artic Aluminuma (Spelling?) and it seems to be working very well so far. The Antec stuff is nice to use if your in a pinch, especially since Best Buy sells it. I haven't been to CompUSA in a long time what do they carry for compound?
     
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    of course ac3 is the best however if you already have the antec stuff i wouldnt reccomend buying it
     
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    It tells you of both, the real AS3 and the antec fake one.
    The most important thing with the arctic silver 3 is to put it on the processor die in 0.003" to 0.005" thickness like so:
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    It's very important not to use too much (or too little). Detailed instructions can be found here: http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm
     
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    Erroneus Get off my lawn!

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    Google does a horrible translation, actually i have never seen google ever do a translation of any use. Anyway, IF it really is better than AS3, why haven't I heard of it anywhere but some Danish site? Where are all the reviews from english speaking sites? I would like to see a product that beats AC3 reviewed by a site I trust (or at least have heard of)..Is there any out there?
     
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    I agree. That site doesn't prove much
     

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