Arctic Cooling MX-3 Thermal Compound - Arctic MX-3 Testing

Article Index
Arctic Cooling MX-3 Thermal Compound
Arctic MX-3 Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion



Test Setup:

We've recently re-designed our Cooler testing setup to show how new coolers are able to handle the new quad-core CPU's from both AMD and Intel, which produce more heat than traditional Dual and Single Core CPU's. We will be providing test results from both a Intel Quad Core processor (LGA775), as well as a AMD Phenom X4 CPU (AM2+) in all our reviews to give readers a better estimate of how this cooler will work on their CPU, as well as a better estimate of what the cooler being reviewed is capable of.

For AMD (AM2+) testing we will be using the AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core 9950 CPU, which produces 140 Watts of heat and is currently one of the hottest running processors available. This processor should give us a very good estimate of how a cooler will perform with one of the hottest CPU's available. Click here to go to AMD's Processor Spec Finder to find out how many of watts your AMD processor is producing.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. 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 all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station, and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

AMD Test System:



Here comes the big test:

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So the results are in, and quite frankly I'm a bit amazed/surprised with the performance of Arctic MX-3. The previous 6 thermal compounds that I had tested were all pretty close to each other performance-wise, but the folks at Arctic Cooling have really raised the bar with their Arctic MX-3 thermal compound. A drop of 2 degrees might not sound all that impressive, but it is an increase of 5% in cooling performance with our CPU and stock cooler, and thanks to that performance it makes it a great choice if you're looking to buy some new thermal compound.

In the next section I'll go into a little more depth with my overall findings with the Arctic MX-3 thermal compound testing.