Date: October 9th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Gelid
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PRODUCT PERFORMANCE TESTING
Let's take a look at what we are testing.
For comparison, I decided to use Intel's favorite thermal paste that they supply with the purchase of a retail processor. Shin-ItsuMicrosi is a premium thermal paste that throughout my years of testing has out-performed anything that I have used on any of my workstations. For an initial comparison, I put an equal volume of each to see exactly how they appeared in when compared directly beside each other.
The viscosity of the GC-1 is much thinner and is much easier to spread for application. But as everyone who tests or tweaks hardware will know, ease of application is not what we are after. We are after superior results. The Shin-itsumicrosi seems to be much more dense and substantial that what the GC-1 offers.
After performance testing, I took the heatsink off to see how evenly the product spreads and how well it stood up to 100% load testing on a Intel QX9770 Quad Core Processor. To note again, the GC-1 (bottom picture) seemed to thin out quite and bit and did not hold its viscosity as much as the competition. But let's get on to the results and whether any of the observations made any difference.
For testing I will be using an Intel QX9770 Extreme quad-core processor at stock levels with its high performance copper cored cooler while under load and while at idle. All load temperatures were taken after 3 hours of 100% processor load with all cores at full capacity while idle temperatures were taken after one hour of complete idle. While under full load, the processor voltage automatically adjusts to 1.232v @ 3.2Ghz while under idle, the processor down clocks to 2.4Ghz @ 1.056v. All processors where tested exactly the same in a climate controlled room at 20c.
The Gelid GC-1 was compared to:
- Arctic Silver Ceramique
- Arctic Silver 1
- Radio Shack Basic Thermal Paste
The results are as follows:
As you can see, results varied very little unless you really cheaped out and went for the bargain basement option from Radio Shack. This does show you that you get what you paid for. The shin-itsumicrosi did some out on top, but only by a small margin. The Gelid GC-1 did hold its own quite well, but I think a little more viscosity would have helped it perform even better.
But overall, for the price it wasn't a bad showing.