Arctic Cooling MX-2 vs. Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste Showdown - Testing and Final Conclusion

Article Index
Arctic Cooling MX-2 vs. Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste Showdown
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste Specifications
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste Specifications
Testing and Final Conclusion

 

Testing:

 

Test Setup:

For testing of these two thermal paste products I have used the Noctua NH-U12P Cooler (Which we reviewed here). This is a high-performance silent cooler and I have included test results while running the fan at 1500 RPM, as well as at 960 RPM, which should provide us with the results we are looking for in order to compare the Noctua NT-H1 and Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal pastes.

Just to recap, this is how we test our CPU coolers at BCCHardware:

Our testing of CPU coolers is pretty straight forward; we test them at stock clock speeds at both idle and full load speeds. For the overclocking results I took temperatures at idle and full load. All temperatures were taken after the processor had been running for 12 hours on each test to ensure a consistent result.

All temperatures have been recorded using CoreTemp. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and cpu platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For stock tests the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU ran at stock speeds of 1.86Ghz, for Overclocked tests the CPU was running at 2.13Ghz.

 

Test System

 

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Well, when we ran this CPU cooler fan at stock speeds of 1500 RPM, the results were close, very close. These results are about as identical as we can get, let's move to the next chart where I have reduced the speed of the fan down to 960 RPM.

 

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Once again the results are pretty much identical, which makes it hard to crown a winner, but also goes to show that both of these products can perform at some very nice levels.

 

Noctua NT-H1 vs. Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste Shootout - Final Thoughts:

Well I was hoping that the results would have helped me declare a clear winner, but from the results it's quite obvious that this duel has ended in a draw. With the results being so close there is no way to recommend one product over the other, and if I walked into a store and saw both of these side by side, it would be tough to decide which is better, and quite frankly you can't go wrong with either product. Most likely the way that most consumers will decide between the two is by the price, while both of the MSRP's are approximately the same, actual retail prices naturally vary, and most likely a consumer will pick the lower priced product since the performance is almost equal.

I have decided to score each of these products individually, however thanks to the almost identical results, the scores are also identical.

 

Noctua NT-H1 Final Score:

While reviewing the Noctua NH-U12P Cooler (Reviewed Here), we decided to give the Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste that came bundled with the cooler a try and had very good results, and decided it would be very interesting to see how it compared to other thermal paste. The performance of this thermal paste is very good, and it's a great choice if you're looking for some high-quality thermal paste. North American availability of this product is limited at the time of publishing this review, but hopefully that changes soon.

At the end of the day, I can easily recommend this product, and if you're looking for some high-end thermal paste, you can't go wrong with Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste.

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Easy to Apply

 

Cons:

  • None

NT-H1 Rating

TopPick

 

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste Final Score:

We've been using the Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal paste here at BCCHardware for a while now, and I've always been very happy with its performance. Arctic Cooling is known as a top name in the cooling market, and their MX-2 thermal paste is no exception. This thermal paste is very widely available, and chances are good that your favorite computer shop or online store has this in stock.

At the end of the day, I can easily recommend this product, and if you're looking for some great thermal paste, Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal paste deserves your consideration.

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Easy to Apply

 

Cons:

  • None

 

 MX-2 Rating

TopPick

 

 

I'd like to thank both Noctua and Arctic Cooling for providing us with thermal paste for this review . If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.