Tuniq TX-2 vs Gelid GC1 Thermal Paste Showdown - Testing and Final Conclusion

Article Index
Tuniq TX-2 vs Gelid GC1 Thermal Paste Showdown
Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Paste Specifications
Gelid GC1 Thermal Paste Specifications
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste Specifications
Testing and Final Conclusion

 

 

Testing:

When comparing thermal paste, there is only a couple criteria to judge them on, and the biggest is going to be performance. In this next section we'll take the Tuniq TX-2 and GELID Solutions GC1 and compare them with the Arctic Cooling MX-2.

 

Test Setup:

For testing of these two thermal paste products I have used the Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler. For this testing I have set the V1 to run at 1400 RPM, all three thermal pastes were tested with the exact same setup to provide consistent results.

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.

 

Test System:

 

 

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So there we go, the results are in and the winner is........ ummm....... well, let's just call it a performance tie on the performance end. With all three pastes we saw a 1 degree difference, which in the grand scheme of things, isn't that much at all. I guess at the end of the day all three of these thermal pastes are pretty similar performance wise and other criteria such as price and availability are going to be the key factors when you're at the store trying to decide what type of thermal paste to buy. I was pretty impressed that both Tuniq and GELID were able to keep up with the Arctic Cooling MX-2, which while the MX-2 might not be the greatest thermal paste on the market, it normally is the most widely available and its performance is quite good if you compare it to most others, and it's usually pretty cheap in price.

 

Tuniq TX-2 vs GELID Solutions GC1 Showdown - Final Thoughts:

 

Well both of these products performed very well, and that makes crowning a winner tough, however if we are going to have to pick a winner, the GELID Solutions GC1 did outperform the Tuniq TX-2, however the difference was only 1 degree. Both of these products did very well, and I was very pleased with the performance that each offered. I'd say that since the performance difference between the two products was so small, either of these fine products is worthy of your purchase, and factors such as availability and price are going to be the biggest factors when deciding between the two. Chances are good that if you walked into a store tomorrow and one of the two were on sale, you'd probably pick that one.

I'll provide a final score for each product separately below:

 

GELID Solutions GC1 Final Score:

In the world of thermal paste, it's pretty tough to stand out from other manufacturers, especially when performance is so tight, but GELID Solutions has found a way to separate themselves from others by offering a handy applicator with their GC1 product. Now you're probably saying, "So What, It's just a little piece of plastic?", and you'd be right, but it sure is handy when you're looking around to try and spread the thermal paste and you end up having to use your finger and making a mess. I wouldn't say that the applicator makes the GELID Solutions GC1 a superior product, but I was just impressed that they thought of minor details like that when designing this product and I think most consumers will appreciate this thought.

We have just received notice that NCIX here in Canada is now a distributor for GELID Solutions and this is good news for all of us up here in North America.

At the end of the day I can easily award the GELID Solutions GC1 our "Top Pick" award and recommend it to anyone that is looking for some thermal paste, you won't be disappointed.

 

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Easy to Apply
  • Handy Applicator Included

 

Cons:

  • Limited Availability in North America

TopPick

 

Tuniq TX -2 Thermal Paste Final Score:

In the past I've had the chance to take a look at a few products from Tuniq, and I've been impressed, so when the sample of Tuniq TX-2 arrived I was pretty sure it was going to be a decent product, and I was right. The Tuniq TX-2 might not come in the fanciest package, but don't let that fool you, the performance is nothing to laugh at.

Unfortunately there isn't much to say about thermal paste and only a couple criteria for comparing it with others, but I'd say without a doubt that if I was in the store looking for a tube of thermal paste and the Tuniq TX-2 was available, I'd have no problems picking it up. Overall it's a great product and performed just as well as any others, and that's what has earned the Tuniq TX-2 our "Top Pick" award.

 

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Easy to Apply

 

Cons:

  • None

 

 

TopPick

 

 

I'd like to thank both Tuniq and GELID Solutions 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.