Thermal Compound Roundup

Thermal compound is very important when it comes to running a cool computer. It helps to facilitate the dissipation of heat from the processor to the heatsink. Without thermal compound, it doesn't matter whether you're using stock cooling, high end air cooling, water cooling or above, cooling performance will be dismal. In the past few years, thermal compounds have undergone an evolution. I'm sure many are familiar with the basic silicon based thermal compound, also known as white goop. This quickly evolved into metal based thermal compounds, which by its namesake have a composition of metal particles. This improved the thermal conductivity, but also had the problem of being electrically conductive.

Now we are at a stage where performance thermal compounds are ceramics based. Thermal conductivity has been improved even more, and don't have the problem of being electrically conductive. Most of the thermal compounds we are looking at today are ceramics based.


The thermal compounds we are looking at in our mini-roundup are the Stars-700, Noctua's HT-N1, Arctic Silver's Ceramique, Tuniq's TX-2 and OCZ's Freeze.

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I have to agree with the

I have to agree with the first anonymous. How can the Tuniq TX-2 out perform the Noctua NT-H1 and only get a Silver rating while the Noctua gets a Gold?

How can Tuniq TX-2 come in

How can Tuniq TX-2 come in essentially tied for first with OCZ Freeze - with both being ahead of Noctua's NT-H1's - but it only get a silver award while both OCZ and Nocuta get an editors choice award??? Was that a typo or was there some other criteria that made it only get a silver award?

The difference between the

The difference between the Freeze and TX-2 were very small at ~0.15 degrees celcius. The difference between the Freeze and NT-H1 was approximately 1 degree celcius. The tiny difference between the Freeze and TX-2 can easily be factored within margin of error. The 1 degree difference between the Freeze and NT-H1 is more easily recognized as one being cooler than the other. It was still minute, so the NT-H1 compound still deserved an award.

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