[User Review] 11 thermal compounds compared

May 15, 2023 – 04:48 am

Thermal Grease Test In recent months there has been a real glut of new thermal paste,if you believe the paste making all surpass each other in performance,processability,and the value for money.This test of 11 different thermal compounds I want to check which held promise of the manufacturers and which are not.

As of 31/12/2010

I thank Aquatuning.de ,VC Tran of GELID Solutions Ltd.. ,and PATR10T (from our forum) for the provision of various pastes.

Test system:

Intel i5-750 @ 3600MHz at 1.213 V
Noctua NH-D14 - Noiseblocker XL1 @ 12V
2x Noiseblocker XL1 @ 12V case fan
Gigabyte P55-UD3
Palit GeForce GTX 580 1536MB
Lian Li A05


CoreTemp 0.99.8
Prime95 25.11
Digital thermometer to determine the room temperature

Test Conditions:

WLP is applied thinly.
Test done with closed housing
All fans run on 12V
20min Prime95 in-place large FFTs
Room temperature ~ 20 ° C
Cleaning the CPU with 70% isopropyl alcohol
Temperature is read after a "burn-in" period of 24 hours Prime95 Prime95 and the aforementioned time.

The test field

Artic Silver Matrix
Artic Silver 5
Arctic Cooling MX-4
Silver Grease
Prolimatech PK-1
Thermalright Chill Factor III
Scyte Thermal Elixer
Gelid Extreme
IC Diamond 24 Carat
Cool Laboratory Liquid Ultra
Phobya LM liquid

To the different pastes

Innovation Cooling Diamond 7 Carat and 24

Innovation Cooling Diamond 7 Carat - 1.5 grams
Price per tube: € 9.90

Innovation Cooling Diamond 24 Carat - 4.8 grams
Price per tube: € 19.99

Innovation Cooling a very interesting alternative in the field of high-end thermal compounds is available,because the IC Diamond 7/24 Carat Thermal Compound utilizes the superior thermal conductivity of pure diamond advantage.
Each syringe contains Thermal Compound IC Diamond 7 or 24 carat ground,synthetic diamonds,which account for about 92% of the paste.This is a theoretical thermal conductivity 2000-2500 W / mK possible (pure silver has a conductivity of 406-429 W / mK).This extremely high conductivity makes IC Diamond 7 Carat thermal compound ideal for heat-intensive high-performance systems.

Diamonds are electrically non-conductive - this also applies to IC Diamond 7 Carat and 24: the paste is neither electrically conductive nor capacitive and also silicone.
Both pastes are the same of ingredients here,only the weight difference distinguishes (7 Carat 24 Carat)

Artic Silver 5

Artic Silver 5 - 3.5 grams
Price per tube: € 3.45

Compared to its predecessor,the tried and tested Arctic Silver 3,the current version has been further optimized.The individual silver are now more finely and thus provide improved contact between CPU and cooler.The proportion of silver has a purity of 99.9% - the paste is silicone-free.Through a revision of the polysynthetic binder,heat transfer could be further improved.Moreover,it is not electrically conductive.

Source: www.hardwareluxx.de

XBOX 360 overheating fix

2009-01-16 18:27:21 by fixeditallbymyself

My xbox was overheating after about 10 minutes of graphically intense game play. Playing DVD's and games that are not too graphically intense would not cause it to crash.
If you chose to attempt to fix your XBOX 360 based on the following data, you do so at your own risk and against my advice
It was out of warranty so I took it apart, everything appeared to be in good working order. That was until I took off the heat sinks, the thermal past was completely pushed out the sides leaving only metal to metal contact for cooling.
I was unable to clean the old thermal paste from the heat sinks due to thier rough surface

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