Also of note: Not all silver paste has any silver in it at all.
OCZ and Coolermaster now have Arctic Silver supply their paste to them.
"we have argued that there is very little difference between cod liver oil and arctic silver"
"even if the solutions we brew up in our own labs worked during the average testing period, there was no guarantee that the consistency would remain unaltered during a prolonged period of use, something to keep in mind especially for OEM applications. A case in point is the so-called creeping of silicon-based compounds that, after a few weeks of use can result in gaps in the thermal interface media (TIM) which then block thermal transfer."
Still, to the folks that remove the HS/F from the CPU at least once a year AC5 seems to be well worth the purchase price...Which the site doesn't argue. But to those that never take off the HS/F, I wonder who this article actually is aimed at. Ohhh! Good question! What's OEM's like Falcon use? Pads ya think? Someone with an Alienware...rip open your case and take a look. I'd love to know!
From AS's own site:
"the compound thickens slightly over the next 50 to 200 hours of use to its final consistency designed for long-term stability."
" Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity."
And for long term, it's hard to beat AS ceramique, or a mixture of it. You can't get me to use thermal pads on anything. Ok, you got me...memory. Other than that...oh, all right...video cards. Nothing else. Oh...