Here's something from the end side, and is more of an observation than anything. I've been running for a month now just to see something more long run than instant gratification. Just for loads, I was running F@H at 100% and one instance of Prime95.
One brand that I really liked started to go straight to hell. I let it do it's degrading thing, and at exactly one month I pulled the HS's off all the test samples.
Here's what I saw with the OCZ that had early great results and ended up crapping the bed:
It's pretty much mostly been pushed out during the run, as it wasn't like that on it's initial application. It started as mostly a liquid state, and what is left isn't. It's all dried up and there's little to no material left to act as the thermal interface. What started very well, ended up just being bad. I'm going to stop recommending this product in the forums now.
Here's one pull on an ICD7 run
And another ICD7 pull-off:
Looks and acts just as it did on day one. It's still moist where it counts, and the stuff that squished out was like a dry clay.
This was the size I was applying on all brands too:
I had a rough time in one application. I really hated doing it, but had to be tried out. I have no
idea how credit card spread users stand doing it, because I couldn't. Felt soooo bad that I was wasting a good tube of ICD7.
What a mess that thing was to clean up! Makes no sense to do this at all.