Someone here[tomshardware.com] says most reviews say MX-2 is easier to apply (maybe he's confused). It would seem the thinner ones would be the easiest(?), whichever that is. Though I doesn't seem any of them would be much trouble to apply.
This[hardwaresecrets.com] test seems to say that AS5 is maybe better than even MX-4. You have to look at the difference column. Room was 3 deg hotter for the AS5 test, but core temp was still only 1 deg higher than MX-4. And they didn't let them break in either. Arctic Silver says: "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."
But, Arctic Silver dries out and has to be reapplied periodically. Does MX-2? Also AS is conductive which can be bad.
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