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