Thermal Compound Roundup – November 2011

Our Tests

The table below presents the results of our measurements.

Thermal Compound Room Temp. Core Temp. Difference
No Thermal Compound 26 °C 88 °C 62 °C
Zalman ZM-STG2 24 °C 59 °C 35 °C
Prolimatech Thermal Compound 24 °C 56 °C 32 °C
Cooler Master Thermal Compound Kit 23 °C 58 °C 35 °C
Evercool EC420-TU15 22 °C 57 °C 35 °C
Spire Bluefrost 22 °C 58 °C 36 °C
Gelid GC Extreme 26 °C 61 °C 35 °C
Coolink Chillaramic 26 °C 61 °C 35 °C
Deepcool Z9 26 °C 61 °C 35 °C
Noctua NT-H1 26 °C 61 °C 35 °C
Thermalright The Chill Factor 26 °C 63 °C 37 °C
Antec Thermal Grease 24 °C 58 °C 34 °C
Arctic Silver 5 24 °C 57 °C 33 °C
Arctic Silver Céramique 24 °C 57 °C 33 °C
Biostar Nano Diamond 22 °C 57 °C 35 °C
Xigmatek PTI-G3606 22 °C 55 °C 33 °C
Antec Formula 7 21 °C 55 °C 34 °C
Arctic Cooling MX-4 21 °C 56 °C 35 °C
Cooler Master High Performance 22 °C 56 °C 34 °C
Thermaltake Thermal Compound 21 °C 54 °C 33 °C
Tuniq TX-3 22 °C 54 °C 32 °C
Shin-Etsu MicroSi 14 °C 49 °C 35 °C
Scythe Thermal Elixer Scyte-1000 14 °C 49 °C 35 °C
Titan Connoisseur Platinum Grease 14 °C 49 °C 35 °C
Evercool Cruise Missile STC-03 14 °C 49 °C 35 °C
Rosewill RCX-TC001 14 °C 53 °C 39 °C
Pink Lipstick 14 °C 54 °C 40 °C
Arctic Silver Matrix 12 °C 50 °C 38 °C
Evercool T-grease 800 13 °C 49 °C 36 °C
Gelid GC-2 13 °C 50 °C 37 °C
Prolimatech PK-1 13 °C 47 °C 34 °C
Tuniq TX-4 12 °C 48 °C 36 °C
Toothpaste 13 °C 53 °C 40 °C
Toothpaste (12 h after) 13 °C 56 °C 43 °C
Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400 13 °C 47 °C 34 °C
Evercool Deep Bomb 13 °C 47 °C 34 °C
TIM Consultants Thermal Grease 13 °C 48 °C 35 °C
Dow Corning TC-1996 13 °C 49 °C 36 °C
Nexus TMP-1000 13 °C 50 °C 37 °C
Spray oil 13 °C 53 °C 40 °C
Akasa 450 14 °C 50 °C 36 °C
Enermax (Dow Corning TC-5121) 14 °C 47 °C 33 °C
GlacialStars IceTherm II 14 °C 49 °C 35 °C
Rosewill RCX-TC060PRO 14 °C 56 °C 42 °C
Titan Royal Grease 14 °C 52 °C 38 °C
Chocolate 14 °C 89 °C 75 °C
Arctic Silver Céramique 2 13 °C 48 °C 35 °C
Akasa 455 13 °C 49 °C 36 °C
Masscool G751 13 °C 49 °C 36 °C
Thermaltake TG-1 13 °C 47 °C 34 °C
ZEROtherm ZT-100 13 °C 51 °C 38 °C
Mayonnaise 13 °C 48 °C 35 °C
Coollaboratory LIQUID Ultra 18 °C 52 °C 34 °C
EVGA Frostbyte 18 °C 56 °C 38 °C
IC Diamond 7 Carat 18 °C 53 °C 35 °C
Phobya HeGrease Extreme 18 °C 52 °C 34 °C
StarTech Heatgrease10 18 °C 54 °C 36 °C
Butter 18 °C 58 °C 40 °C
Butter (12 h later) 19 °C 61 °C 42 °C

In the following graph, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the thermal compound. The red bars refer to the compounds included in this batch.

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Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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