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Professional Thermal Heat-Sink Compound with Injection Tube - 1.0g (10-Pack) Only $3.39 - £2.12 @ DealExtreme
Professional Thermal Heat-Sink Compound with Injection Tube - 1.0g (10-Pack) Only $3.39 - £2.12 @ DealExtreme

Professional Thermal Heat-Sink Compound with Injection Tube - 1.0g (10-Pack) Only $3.39 - £2.12 @ DealExtreme

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Great copper compound for cheap price. (10 TUBES!)

- High Conductivity, low bleed, stable at high temperature
- Thermal conductivity: >4.5W/m-k
- Compound type: silicone fluid
- Color: Gold

35 Comments

1 - 3 Days Worldwide free shipping. Voted hot by me.

n1. Ordered. Heat added!!

Is this for repairing electrical connections?

I thought it was for putting on processors.. in between them and the heatsink

catherton;5423900

Is this for repairing electrical connections?



no, its thermal gloup for going on chips & then a heatsink on top to make better cooling in PC's.

catherton;5423900

Is this for repairing electrical connections?



No. This stuff is designed to conduct heat rather than electricity, and despite its metallic content, it should serve as an insulator. Thermal compounds usually do, anyway. You'll need solder to repair connections, plus a soldering iron if you don't already have one.

Looks like this is the bog standard silicon paste thats been coloured to look gold, odd.

fluidz;5422847

1 - 3 Days Worldwide free shipping. Voted hot by me.


Just to clarify - that means it takes them 1-3 days to put it in the post. Usually its about a week to 2 weeks until you receive it......:thumbsup:

I see that this stuff is called Stars 612.

Didn't fare too well in this rather exhaustive test comparision [I've just scanned it roughly] benchmarkreviews.com/ind…=62 primarily because it is copper based.

Seems to come 31st out of 33 compounds tested.

This might be cheap, yes, but I think I'll stick with good old Arctic Silver 5 :thumbsup:

[a 3.5 gram tube is about a fiver most places]

Cheap, but based on past experiences with DealExtreme products I don't think I'll be trusting the life of my CPU with this. ]Decent thermal paste costs £6 off Ebuyer. Or a ]cheaper brand at £1.70. Not exactly going to break the bank.

I think many people will agree with me when I say: Thermal paste is NOT something you want to be cheaping out on. I would avoid the paste on DealExtreme purely because it doesn't have a brand.

I'm not voting cold, as I know I'll get flamed if I do... So I just won't vote on this one. ;-)


P.S. Why would you need TEN tubes?!

I would never put the heat transfer efficiency of a computer down to a cheap thermal paste like this. Spend a few more pounds and purchase something on the lines of MX-2.

This would be okay for an 'off the shelf' type of compound, i.e if you're not going to overclock and just need some spare bog standard paste to put between cpu and heatsink (I do as I'm a computer engineer). I've bought standard stuff in this country from RS Supplies in the past so it's not really a 'great' deal, it's just okay. Not voting on this one.

I use Arctic Silver, might only get you an extra couple of degrees cooler but its only £5 so hardly a lot more than this.

Faythur;5424100

This might be cheap, yes, but I think I'll stick with good old Arctic … This might be cheap, yes, but I think I'll stick with good old Arctic Silver 5 :thumbsup:



+1

Have to agree, you really don't/shouldn't use that much anyway, so AS5 should last most people a while. When using an after-market cooler with after-market thermal paste, you might as well use the best you can get otherwise it just defeats the purpose of anything after-market.

Still, its a good price for so much compound, but I am not going to vote either way as I still don't understand exactly who would need this much compound and why they would use it over AS5.

FFS unless you are pushing your processor with extravagant cooling then thermal compound is thermal compound IMO. I have stuff that is 15 years old bought for bonding regulators and transistors etc still use it on PC's including overclocked with no probs.
The main thing is application make sure it is super thin with no excess and surfaces are super clean to allow 100% contact.

ollyk;5425376

FFS unless you are pushing your processor with extravagant cooling then … FFS unless you are pushing your processor with extravagant cooling then thermal compound is thermal compound IMO. I have stuff that is 15 years old bought for bonding regulators and transistors etc still use it on PC's including overclocked with no probs.The main thing is application make sure it is super thin with no excess and surfaces are super clean to allow 100% contact.



Couldnt agree more , thermal compound is a bridge between the heatsink and cpu and is used to "fill the gaps" caused by minute differencees in machineing it basically helps even out the 2 different surfaces , im using cheapo whilte ceramic to cool my phenom with no problems , Artic silver is excellent though.

why would you use £2 compound on a cpu or gpu worth £50 - £200

rudey;5425563

why would you use £2 compound on a cpu or gpu worth £50 - £200



It is more like 20p hehe and all dealextreme prices include postage costs, so its probably 2p a tube lol.

rudey;5425563

why would you use £2 compound on a cpu or gpu worth £50 - £200



Because who really cares about a 0.5C difference in temperature.

rudey;5425563

why would you use £2 compound on a cpu or gpu worth £50 - £200



For the same reason I use a 50p mains lead rather than one of the £100 ones that some mugs buy.,

paulace;5424587

This would be okay for an 'off the shelf' type of compound, i.e if you're … This would be okay for an 'off the shelf' type of compound, i.e if you're not going to overclock and just need some spare bog standard paste to put between cpu and heatsink (I do as I'm a computer engineer). I've bought standard stuff in this country from RS Supplies in the past so it's not really a 'great' deal, it's just okay. Not voting on this one.



I cant believe as someone who says there a engineer you would use this tat on customers PC's so if you go round to fix someones PC and its a brand new £1000 dell AlienWare with an i7 in it you would put this on if you had to take the CPU out i cant believe what I'm hearing do you work at PCworld by any chance and if so you cant class yourself as an engineer.

I wouldn't put this Axel Greece anywhere near my PCs or customers or any one else's that you don't want being bought back to you with either overheating or worse still broken CPU/motherboard do yourself a favour and use artic silver or if that's a bit pricey for you as someone else mentioned some MX which is around a 1/3 of the price.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31059HwqECL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/catalog/images/MX2_4_pic_300.gif

ollyk;5425376

FFS unless you are pushing your processor with extravagant cooling then … FFS unless you are pushing your processor with extravagant cooling then thermal compound is thermal compound IMO. I have stuff that is 15 years old bought for bonding regulators and transistors etc still use it on PC's including overclocked with no probs.The main thing is application make sure it is super thin with no excess and surfaces are super clean to allow 100% contact.



You obviously have no clue do you if i spend £250 on a CPU then i want to protect my investment you wouldn't go out in your car with no water in the rad would you. If you have PC's from 15 years ago they wont be hot as the speed was low that was early Pentium years and from what i know and remeber you didnt even need a fan as they where passively cooled.

If you use that rubbish on one of today's big quads it would be dead in a week. When i get a new cooler that comes with thermal paste on no matter if its a Artic freeze using MX2 i will always clean it off and use my own.


scousethief;5425509

Couldnt agree more , thermal compound is a bridge between the heatsink … Couldnt agree more , thermal compound is a bridge between the heatsink and cpu and is used to "fill the gaps" caused by minute differencees in machineing it basically helps even out the 2 different surfaces , im using cheapo whilte ceramic to cool my phenom with no problems , Artic silver is excellent though.



AS5 is designed to fill all voids and provides the best heat transfer you can get that's why its expensive and that's why everyone in the custom PC world uses it and you say your using cheap compound on your Phenom you might be but is it the deal extreme stuff or is it stuff that's been bought from the likes of maplin or RS component's and you haven't said what phenom it is and what speed its at if its a tiny phenom 1 then they are only cheap anyway would you use it on a quad?

polly69;5426276

I wouldn't put this Axel Greece anywhere near my PCs or customers or any … I wouldn't put this Axel Greece anywhere near my PCs or customers or any one else's that you don't want being bought back to you with either overheating or worse still broken CPU/motherboard do yourself a favour and use artic silver or if that's a bit pricey for you as someone else mentioned some MX which is around a 1/3 of the price.



lmfao. From the previously posted review.....AS5 kept the CPU 33 degrees above ambient, the Stars stuff 35C above ambient.

2C is not a HUGE difference...to say that people would bring back their PC with overheating/broken CPUs is absolutely ridiculous.

Yes, it's not the absolute best...but it's a good deal and still more than capable of being a decent thermal interface.

Arctic Silver 5, £3.00 incl. transit.

For any person achieving only a 2 degree celcius reduction in thermal temperature then it is possible, likely even, that uniform coverage of the contact surfaces was not achieved. Arctic silver is specially formulated to ensure complete uniform coverage (including filling any surface pits or scratches). This is something unachieveable with many other thermal paste brands.

Personally, I achieved a 10-14 degree (average 12 degrees celcius) reduction in CPU thermal temperature by applying Arctic Silver 5. Given that I am running a desktop CPU inside a notebook chasis and achieved thermal temperatures of just 35 degrees then Arctic silver has been an ideal investment.

It must be applied extremely thinly and uniformly, covering any scratches or minor imperfections on contact surfaces.

10-14 degree drop from changing thermal paste? LoL.

If that's true then something was seriously wrong with the way it was applied before.

gurusan;5426489

lmfao. From the previously posted review.....AS5 kept the CPU 33 degrees … lmfao. From the previously posted review.....AS5 kept the CPU 33 degrees above ambient, the Stars stuff 35C above ambient.2C is not a HUGE difference...to say that people would bring back their PC with overheating/broken CPUs is absolutely ridiculous.Yes, it's not the absolute best...but it's a good deal and still more than capable of being a decent thermal interface.



I'm a network admin and i see broken workstations all the time and when you remove the HSF the cheap thermal paste breaks because it hardens and fractures and when it falls off there is no mark left on either part so that tells you that there was poor or no contact ans 2c is not what differences Ive seen sometimes as much as 5c on a CPU a 8c on a gpu and these differences might seem small to you but it may be the difference between overheating and being stable.

EVGA 680i is a prime example. The southbridge on that was hitting 70c on my friends system, we took it off and put on some AS5 now it doesn't go above 45c. Its not just because AS5 is good but as Polly mentioned old or dried up compound hinders the heat transference so replacing it with anything, even cleaning it off and putting nothing on will make huge difference.

Another problem is you cannot test straight after applying compound, I believe it takes a while before it starts performing properly. They mention this in the review stating none of the compounds were given any curing time, also they had no way to control the ambient temperatures.. To be quite honest I would take any of those tests with a pinch of salt because they are clearly not running under proper test conditions. When 2-3c makes all the difference, they really should not of even bothered lol

Personally, I am just not willing to believe that this compound is any good, there is no way it can be for the price it is being sold at. It probably works out less than 2 pence per tube which is just way to cheap for me to believe will be any good. I would rather use what comes with the cooler than this stuff, and most if not all after-market or retail coolers (that come with a CPU) have a thermal pad or a tube of thermal grease.

"If that's true then something was seriously wrong with the way it was applied before."

LOL!

Absolutely nothing wrong with the way it was applied before. Rathermore the particularly poor quality of the previous substance. Many of the cheaper pastes lose their thermal properties as they dry out over time. Some even shrink as they dry, thus allowing heat to build up. As I removed the fan/heatsink assembly from the CPU I noted that the white paste had dried to such an extent that is almost resembled lime.

When tested, Arctic Silver 5 regularly returns results up to 14-15 degrees lower than the cheapest pastes. Do bear in mind, however, that it is not possible to gain a true understanding of its potential within a matter of days, weeks, months even. As cheaper pastes dry out then the disparities become greater. Arctic Silver 5 has very good thermal properties even after 2-3 years, whereas cheaper pastes don't. It is after this time period has elapsed that the real differences in performance can be correctly observed.

For me its important to understand how its properties work, particularly after time.

polly69;5426809

5c on a CPU a 8c on a gpu and these differences might seem small to you … 5c on a CPU a 8c on a gpu and these differences might seem small to you but it may be the difference between overheating and being stable.



:roll:

5-8c the difference between overheating and being stable? So what happens when summer rolls around and the ambient temperature increases by 15C? Does everything suddenly break?

PhearFactor....you and I literally simultaneously typed almost identical thoughts (17:39).

If it weren't for Arctic Silver 5 on this old machine then I believe it would not still be operational now. An Athlon 64 CPU running at 2.4GHz in a 1.2" chasis requires something quite exceptional to keep it below 40 degrees under moderate stress. until the Arctic Silver application it was not uncommon for the machine to switch off after 2-3 minutes. This occurred more and more frequently as time passed, thus adding weight to the argument that cheaper paste does indeed lose its thermal properties with age/use.

The machine is used for hours every day. I've detected no increase in its operating temperatures since applying Arctic silver 5 3 years ago.

gurusan;5427004

:roll:5-8c the difference between overheating and being stable? So what … :roll:5-8c the difference between overheating and being stable? So what happens when summer rolls around and the ambient temperature increases by 15C? Does everything suddenly break?



Yes lol. Then people end up having to lower their overclock, change how many volts they are sending through thier processor etc.

Happens all the time, people use AS5 etc to get the max stable overclock and then forget they are doing it in say Winter when their ambient temperatures are much lower than in Summer. So when Summer comes around they start getting random crashes and so on during gaming/heavy CPU load.

People like AS5 though because it works and has done for years and everyone who uses it or who converts to it can see just how good it is on their first application (as long as they learn how to apply it correctly and how to clean off the old paste). It sort of has a cult following, fanboys and so on, I confess to being one just not as hardcore as some of the others heh.

I would pay more than 20p for cooling my cpu.
If it is worth £100 what is £5 to it

Regardless of it's effectiveness, this is still not a great deal because many thermal pastes cost this sort of price and some are cheaper.

I was getting 52C 100% load stable (folding 24/7) during the rather hot weekend last week on my Q6600 at 3.77ghz, ambient temp in my room was 78-80F with el cheapo silver based paste that has been on for 8 months, last year (same water cooling system) with AS5 I was getting 51C with the same ambient temps give or take a degree F.
Not all cheap pastes are rubbish, and almost all of the efectiveness of thermal goop comes from the application method used, though some uber cheap non mettalic silicon based ones can dry out, and then if the heatsink moves slightly can act as a barrier to heat transfer.
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