Tuniq TX-2 vs Gelid GC1 Thermal Paste Showdown

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Product: Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Paste
Provided By: Tuniq
Price: $3.79 Online

 

Product: Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste
Provided By: Arctic Cooling
Price: 4 Gram Package ~$8.45 USD - 30 Gram Package ~$39.95 USD

 

Product: GELID Solutions GC1 Thermal Paste
Provided By: GELID Solutions
Price: $6.99 MSRP

Introduction: 

It's been a while since I had the chance to sit down and compare thermal pastes, last time I compared the Arctic Cooling MX-2 to the Noctua NT-H1 (Full Review Here) and the results were tight. Today we are going to take a look at a couple new products, the Tuniq TX-2 and the GELID Solutions GC1 and we will compare them up against the Arctic Cooling MX-2 in our testing and see if either of these new thermal pastes can take the performance crown.

Thermal paste is usually one of those things that you don't think about until something goes wrong and don't have any left, most people just use whatever comes with their cooler that they buy, but if your looking to lower your temperatures even more something like a high-quality thermal paste will help you out with a couple degrees cooling temperatures. Let's see how the GELID Solutions and Tuniq products handle our testing today.

 

First Impressions:

The GELID Solutions GC1 comes in a 5 gram package and the Tuniq TX-2 comes in a 3.5 gram package, that's the biggest thing you'll notice when comparing the two, otherwise they are pretty similar, both come in a tube, both are gray, and that's about all you'll notice when comparing them visually.

As you can see in the picture below the GC1 comes with a handy little "Applicator" which is a nice little bonus to get and is going to save your credit cards or whatever you use to spread out the thermal paste.

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GELID GC1 vs Tuniq TX-2

Tuniq has been around for a while now as a division of Sunbeamtech and offer a line of coolers and power supplies and a few other products.

GELID Solutions is a company that is relatively unknown as of yet due to the fact that they were just founded in June of 2008, according to their website they are based out of Hong Kong and they offer a couple case fans as well as a new CPU Cooler that is "Coming Soon".

Well there really isn't much else to be said about these products, in the next sections we'll provide detail specifics on each of the products that we are using in our testing, and then we'll let the results speak for themselves.

 

 


 


Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Paste Specifications:

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All specifications taken from Tuniq.com.tw

 

TX-2 achieves the best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks by its unique designed molecular size and shape. Without any metal or electric conductive, Tuniq TX2 is safe, reliable and the most effective thermal compound for your valuable CPUs and coolers. 

 

Features:

  • Low thermal resistance for superior heat transfer, 4.5W/mK
  • Small molecular size makes a better contact between the heatsink and heatsource.
  • Thin bond line for hi-efficiency conductivity
  • Low bleed under high pressure
  • Spreads easy - clean consistency
  • Help the low-pressure clip design of cooler to achieve better cooling performance.
  • RoHS compliant
  • Not Electrically conductive

Overclock Testing Results:

Tuniq TX-2

Tuniq TX-1

standard thermal grease

Load Temperature

63.5

65.1

69.3

Idle Temperature

38

38

39


*CPU: Intel E 4300 @ 2.7G
*Torture software: SP2004  
*Testing Cooler: Sunbeam Silent Whisper 775 Version(Fan speed 2300RPM)
*Room Temperature: 28.5°C

Appearance

 Grey

 Viscosity

 285000 cP

 Thermal conductivity

 4.5W/mK

 Operating temperature

 -45°C ~ 200°C

 Specific Gravity

 3.96 @ 25°C

 Volume

 3.5g

 

 


 

GELID Solutions GC1 Thermal Paste Specifications:

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All specifications taken from Gelidsolutions.com

 

Features:

  • Optimal Heat Conductivity         
  • Non-Electrical Conductive    
  • Low Thermal Resistance
  • Non-Corrosive
  • No Bleeding
  • Non-Curing 


Description:                                                                                                        

Created for today’s high power CPU’s, graphic processors and other semi conductors GELID's GC-1 provides both silent and gaming enthusiasts with top level performance, system stability and easy application at a better price than most other high high performance compounds.                                                                                 

GC-1 is a compound made of advanced silicone fluid and thermally conductive nano-filler particles. High performance is achieved within a very short time.                                                                                                                                                        

Consistent performance over approximately 10 years. The compound does not need to be reapplied nor is there any decrease in performance over time.                                                                                                                                                    The syringe is very user friendly and the applicator makes application onto the heatsink or CPU child’s play.                                                                                                                                               

Unlike other compounds GELID's GC-1 is non electrical conductive and does not contain any metal particles. This eliminates any risk of short-circuits.

RoHS Compliant

Net Weight: 5g (25% for FREE)

MSRP: USD 6.99/ Euro 4.70

Specifications:

INCLUDED: Applicator
Net Content (g): 5
Specific Gravity (g/cm3): 3.96
Viscosity (Poise): 2850

 

 


 

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste Specifications:

Taken from Arctic-Cooling.com

Proper Installation instructions can be found here.

 

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Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Paste

 

MX-2 is a high thermal conductivity and low thermal resistance compound for components that require optimum thermal dissipation. It is ideally suited for use in CPU, GPU cooling and other applications between power semiconductor components and heat sinks where thermal conductivity is a major factor.

Main Features:

  • High Thermal Conductivity
  • Low Thermal Resistance
  • Non-Electrical Conductive
  • Non-Capacitive
  • Non-Curing
  • Non-Corrosive
  • No Bleeding
  • Odorless

 

Safe to apply anywhere
Since the MX-2 does not contain any metal particles, there are no problems regarding electrical conductivity or capacitance. Unlike other silver and copper compounds, MX-2 ensures that contact to electrical traces, pins and leads cannot result in any damage.

Durability
With MX-2 no curing and no bleeding of the compound are possible. In contrast to other products, this compound does not show decreasing performance over time, does not need to be reapplied and has a durability of at least 8 years.

 

Density:   3.35 g/ cm3
Viscosity:   2850 poise
Net Weight:   4 gram

 

 


 

 

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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Click on Chart for Larger View - Lower is Better


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.