Being an entirely different form factor of TIM, it’s not surprising that Indigo Xtreme has a new installation method. Included with every kit is a six page information and instruction guide, within which there are roughly four pages of instructions that you must follow carefully. Every step is there for a reason and it’s crucial that you install it as prescribed. While four pages sounds bad, installation of Indigo Xtreme is actually pretty easy. The first time you do it, it feels a little foreign, but once you do it once, it feels like second nature after that and you’ll be able to do it quickly. In the grand scheme of things, the only difficult thing about it is that it is different.
Here is a quick picture tour of the Indigo Xtreme kit and what’s included.
The box the kit comes in:
First opening the box:
A view of the two kits included (only one includes gloves):
A view of a kit opened up:
Here is my summary of mounting Indigo Xtreme:
For reference, here’s a picture of Indigo Xtreme mounted on the CPU before removing the “Top” plastic piece.
Considering these are all classic pastes, installation of these should be more familiar and therefore a little easier. I’m a fan of a bead in the center, varying its size depending on the consistency of the paste. For AS5, I did a line as instructed. Below are pictures showing how much TIM I typically used for each mount. In all cases, coverage of the IHS could be considered at least “good” after removing the waterblock. Of note, I have found that with an unlapped IHS and bowed waterblocks (such as the Swiftech GTZ I used for these tests) require slightly more TIM than using lapped/flat surfaces.
Now finally some results! First up, the big graph with all my data presented as conveniently as possible.
Note: “Concluding Temp” is the average of all temperatures once the TIM stays below .1% above final temperature. In the case of Indigo Xtreme, MX-2, and Shin-Etsu X23-7783D, it is indicative of performance once broken-in/cured. AS5 and ICD are still curing at the end of twelve hours and I would expect their eventual temperatures to be lower after a full curing session.
Now that we have looked at the plotted results, let’s isolate the data into groupings of an individual TIMs and look at the specific mount data.
AS5 has a pretty large break-in…in the first hour (especially the first few minutes) it performs horribly and then slowly eases downward into better temperatures. In my opinion, at the end of twelve hours, it is still not fully cured, though it is close. The ‘bump’ at 60 minutes is due to the moving average calculation no longer including the really bad temperatures from the first few minutes of load.
MX-2, despite being noted as “non-curing,” definitely has a break-in period. I estimate it at roughly 6 hours.
IC Diamond has a nearly linear break-in trend over the first twelve hours of load. It does not appear to be fully cured by the end of the test.
Note: only three installations of Indigo Xtreme were provided…due to the extremely close results between mounts, I feel very confident in the data. There was no break-in time.
X23-7783D has the shortest curing time of any of the pastes; it takes roughly 4 hours.