June 2009 Thermal Compound Roundup (Arctic Cooling, Arctic Silver, Gelid, Noctua, Tuniq, and Zalman)

Article Index
June 2009 Thermal Compound Roundup (Arctic Cooling, Arctic Silver, Gelid, Noctua, Tuniq, and Zalman)
Testing Paste vs. Paste vs. Paste
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Product(s): Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
Provided By:
Arctic Cooling

Product(s): Gelid GC-1 Thermal Compound
Provided By:
Gelid

Product(s): Zalman ZM-STG1 Thermal Grease
Provided By:
Zalman

Product(s): Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Provided By:
BCCHardware

Product(s): Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound
Provided By:
Noctua

Product(s): Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound
Provided By:
Tuniq

 

Introduction: 

It's been a while since we took a closer look at thermal compounds, but today we are going to take 6 of the most commonly available thermal compounds and put them head-to-head against each other and see how they compare.

For our testing we're going to use the hottest CPU we could find, the AMD Phenom X4 9950, which is capable of producing a whopping 140 Watts of heat and can really show the need for a high quality thermal compound. In all our testing we will be using the stock AMD cooler that came with our AMD Phenom X4 9950 processor.

A good thermal compound in addition to a aftermarket cooler can drop your CPU temperatures significantly, so hopefully this article will make your buying decision easier when your shopping for some thermal compound.

 

Closer Look :

 

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Gelid GC1 Thermal Compound
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Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound


 
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Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound
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Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound

As you can see in the pictures above, 5 of the 6 compounds we are going to test come in a tube, however the Zalman ZM-STG1 comes in a bottle (much like nail polish) and has a brush to make applying the thermal paste easier.

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Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
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Zalman ZM-STG1 Thermal Compound