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Professional Thermal Compound with Injection Tube (10-Pack) with free delivery

Just cant go wrong

This products thermal properties are comparable with much more expensive brands.
Used it on a xbox 360 and my cpu (core i7)

Since you only need a pea drop per chip, one tube does multiple applications. Also with 10 tubes this will last you a long time.
application right out the tube is easy.
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#2
This stuff is worth having - my daughter's laptop was running far too hot and kept shutting itself down, so I cleaned the fan and the heatsink and replaced this stuff, and now it's perfect again!
Heat added (so to speak).
#3
How do you use this stuff? Do you just put it over the processor?
#4
olliehayman
How do you use this stuff? Do you just put it over the processor?


yes first you need to clear it and then add just a drop, click on my link in second post to see how to do it
#5
Tip: the more you put on the more cooler it is - buy 2 lots!!
suspended#6
leedale30
Tip: the more you put on the more cooler it is - buy 2 lots!!


Hope your joking :P. The more you put on doesnt mean better performance, best to put a small amount on as too much will reduce cooling efficency and to little will also effect it so try an average amount :).


Question... is this actually any good? I cant see it being "good" thermal paste for 18p a tube when MX2/AS5 and diamond are like £5 each. You get what you pay for afaik and this is way to cheap!.

However, for basic paste it is indeed cheap so have some heat!.
#7
leedale30
Tip: the more you put on the more cooler it is - buy 2 lots!!


I always put on a nice thin even layer, this is back in my Socket A building days though :p Have things changed, you plaster the stuff on now?

Unless there is some sorta joke I have missed, will blame it on the long day :-D
#8
Seems like a bargain, but I got some stuff from Ebay on the cheap and it didn't fix my Xbox 360. Went down to Maplins and bought a tube of what the chap said was 'good quality compound' for a fiver, and it worked a treat. Not sure how you work out how a thermal compound is good or bad?
#9
Seems a good deal for a basic paste to have around
#10
why buy an i7 cpu and then cheap out on the paste? cold from me, at 18p this stuff wont be up to much (i wouldnt think, prove me wrong?!)
Remember with paste, a little goes a long way!
#11
Badger Mushroom
Seems like a bargain, but I got some stuff from Ebay on the cheap and it didn't fix my Xbox 360. Went down to Maplins and bought a tube of what the chap said was 'good quality compound' for a fiver, and it worked a treat. Not sure how you work out how a thermal compound is good or bad?


Read reviews on Web - its good stuff

dh058977
why buy an i7 cpu and then cheap out on the paste? cold from me, at 18p this stuff wont be up to much (i wouldnt think, prove me wrong?!)
Remember with paste, a little goes a long way!


That its cheap dosnt mean its bad ! In UK you will pay much much more for same quality stuff
#12
i personally wouldnt use this paste for anything expensive/new.

most people seem to think Arctic Silver is the best.
suspended#13
Sorry tas but customer reviews are hardly proof, there are way to many variables to confirm what they say is true! He could have applied it differently to the previous stuff, if you find one from a review site link me to it as i am interested since my mx2 has run out and wondering if this beats the diamond compound :P.

(dont take the above as affence, i just dont see how 18p paste vs £5+ paste can win)
#14
HA and I thought someone had posted a deal for drugs...
#15
Looks to be good quality, but would prefer a silver based compound
#16
This is stock ceramic-based thermal grease. I only use metal-based thermal greases on my hardware... although it's each to their own.
#17
Oh god! Why couldnt you have posted this a few weeks back when I bought some! :')
#18
Hudson92
Sorry tas but customer reviews are hardly proof, there are way to many variables to confirm what they say is true! He could have applied it differently to the previous stuff, if you find one from a review site link me to it as i am interested since my mx2 has run out and wondering if this beats the diamond compound :P.

(dont take the above as affence, i just dont see how 18p paste vs £5+ paste can win)


Yes but its good one one and cheap , im not saying that is better than Arctic Silver , but is doing job

Dude I give customer Rewievs as example , Im use arcitic as well, but this is just good deal anyway, tested and have no problems at all
#19
you need a miniscule amount of thermal compound - it isn't meant to be a layer in itself, but just to fill the small imperfections in the surface of the CPU and heat sink.

So one tube is more than enough to do 10 or more CPUs - so no need for 10 tubes unless you are really into building PCs

Higher priced compounds are made from superior ingredients that do give better thermal transfer - google for custom pc thermal compound supertest and you will find all the stats you need on the decent quality compounds.
#20
There is actually fairly little difference in the thermal conductivity of the various pastes, the main difference is in how it resists temperature (Does it dry out?), and how easy it is to apply. You should only be using a tiny amount, and if it's a pain to apply then there is a greater chance of you misapplying it.

This would be enough for many, many applications. I have a syringe I bought (Not this stuff, some cheap silver paste, think the brand may be the same though) a couple of years ago and it still has enough for several more processors :thumbsup:
#21
leedale30
Tip: the more you put on the more cooler it is - buy 2 lots!!


That would be extremely stupid thing to do as it would actually then INSULATE the core from the heat sink and result in appalling heat transfer and high core temps!!
At MOST you should place a 'paper' thin layer on the core and then rub whatever is left on your finger into the bottom of the heat sink until you cannot see it anymore with the naked eye (this helps fill the micro-vallys on the bottom of the heat sink)

Used some of this stuff to fix a 360 I bought for £15 that was E73'ing, worked a treat with the X-Clamp workaround and dropped both CPU and GPU core temps by 15-17C :thumbsup:

**EDIT**
Just watched the video on DX website:shock:
That was WAY WAY too much compound, that poor GPU is probably dead now lol
You need a fraction of that, depending on the size of the core you ONLY need a blob about the size of 1/2 - 1 grain of rice, then spread evenly across the core.
#22
TeggyEgg
i personally wouldnt use this paste for anything expensive/new.

most people seem to think Arctic Silver is the best.


Silver based compounds do offer better heat conductivity than ceramic based but one disadvantage of silver based compounds is that they can conduct electricity so must be applied carefully. Arctic Silver certainly is not the best, though - better than ceramic based compounds only.

I am appalled by the comment regarding extra cooling from applying more thermal compound! The purpose of thermal compound is NOT to cool the processor. It is used to help conduct heat from the processor by covering every single bump in the surface of the CPU and heatsink. When the heatsink makes contact with the CPU, the surfaces of the heatsink and CPU does not entirely make contact with each other despite the appearance of both surfaces being smooth. Under a microscope, it can be seen that there are bumps on the surfaces. Thermal compound is used to fill in the gaps. Applying too much thermal compound will separate the 2 surfaces - potentially disastrous!
#23
leedale30
Tip: the more you put on the more cooler it is - buy 2 lots!!


... and buy a spare processor. :w00t:
#24
Lol Thats The One I Used To Fix My Xbox :d
#25
I remember a test that was done in a pooter magazine that i used to read.

They used, cheap thermal paste, pricey high silver content "paint" and marmite.

The difference was negligable, the only reason they didn't recommend spreading marmite on your CPU was that it cracked after a few weeks use.

Voted hot & ordered :)
#26
I only use a small drop on the centre of the CPU and that's all you need.

It only acts as a conductive layer between the CPU and the Cooler, filling in the gaps, add too much and you have yourself a problem. I've been using the 'pea drop' method for years and I have had good temps. Even better with my Zigmatek Dark Knight cooler :D
1 Like #27
Bleary123
I remember a test that was done in a pooter magazine that i used to read.

They used, cheap thermal paste, pricey high silver content "paint" and marmite.

The difference was negligable, the only reason they didn't recommend spreading marmite on your CPU was that it cracked after a few weeks use.

Voted hot & ordered :)


Similar Test here
#28
Chinny_racoon


Interesting reading, Rep added :thumbsup:
#29
for normal use condition, this is far good enough.

If you are a hardcore overclocker, go for artic silver, around £6 for 5g?
#30
eezray
for normal use condition, this is far good enough.

If you are a hardcore overclocker, go for artic silver, around £6 for 5g?


As many have pointed out, thermal compound does not function as a cooler. For overclocking purposes, extra cooling is required such as larger heatsinks and larger/extra fans.
#31
eezray
for normal use condition, this is far good enough.

If you are a hardcore overclocker, go for artic silver, around £6 for 5g?


Or Arctic Cooling MX-3 which is supposed to be marginally better.
#32
I have always used AS5, being honest never really tried anything else. I find AS5 works well though and I have never seen it dry out which I guess is what matters. If I was building several machines a week, then for sure this is a bargain.
#33
PhearFactor
I have always used AS5, being honest never really tried anything else. I find AS5 works well though and I have never seen it dry out which I guess is what matters. If I was building several machines a week, then for sure this is a bargain.



At last, someone who understands the advantages of higher grade thermal compound. It is NOT an aid to overclocking.
#34
heat added
#35
If you want a great bulk buy of the stuff then its a good deal, but considering most people might only want to use it on three or four applications for years then its better picking up the highest quality you can cos its not exactly expensive either.

Arctic MX3 is about as good as it gets, its NOT electrically conductive and its still a couple degrees better than even AS5. A single tube costs maybe 6-7 pounds, and will give you at least half a dozen applications but realistically more if you are only applying to to CPUs. (GPUs are generally much larger chips)
#36
Have used this on 3 machines so far.
It works is a ll I can say :)

Keith
#37
TekWarfare;8839304
I've been using the 'pea drop' method for years and I have had good temps.


Even a small pea size amount looked too much to me so I removed it and started again (thankfully they include their own NT-H1 grease).

Fitting my Noctua heatsink was one of the most stressful experiences of my life, it was so tall I couldn't remove the motherboard tray for installation. Then the two fans needed to be fitted but the graphic card position does not provide space to fit the clips.
I would definitely do it again, just not in a small case :thumbsup:

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/5807/intakesmjb.jpg
#38
I have no idea what that is & read the replies expecting everyone to say the same & then I find you all know what it is & seem to be talking in some kind of strange language I've never heard:?
#39
Marie74;8841553
I have no idea what that is & read the replies expecting everyone to say the same & then I find you all know what it is & seem to be talking in some kind of strange language I've never heard:?


It's just a material to fill tiny gaps and improve surface contact.
The white stuff below basically :thumbsup:

http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/134/images/contactarea.jpg
#40
Bleary123
I remember a test that was done in a pooter magazine that i used to read.

They used, cheap thermal paste, pricey high silver content "paint" and marmite.

The difference was negligable, the only reason they didn't recommend spreading marmite on your CPU was that it cracked after a few weeks use.

Voted hot & ordered :)


I wonder how copper grease would fair, the type used in automotive applications as an anti corrosive on bolts & the back of brake pads and that, If you ever work on your car/bike yourself you've probably got some knocking about?

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