Pros: Transfers heat very well, able to keep CPU cool with only stock CPU fan and stock case exhaust fan. Spreads out nicely when heatsink is set on top. Enough in tube for multiple applications if needed.
Cons: Does not spread well when putting on initial application. You try and cover one spot, it lifts up on to your tool and ends up in another. Always doing the opposite of what it should do. I guess thermal paste is never easy but this stuff seemed rather difficult compared to others.
Pros: I have been a fan of Formula5 for many years, since back in 2004 when I applied it to my Northwood P4 water loop. This paste beats it without hesitation. For exact figures, see other thoughts.
Cons: None. Don't listen to whining about how "hard" it is to apply. It's a little tacky. I would rate it no harder than filling a 3" hole in a wall with spackle. If you can manage that, you can manage this.
Pros: When I replaced the Arctic Silver 5 on my overtaxed GPUs (See "Other thoughts") with this stuff, I noticed an immediate reduction of ~12 degrees Celsius. The two cards went from about 70 and 63 down to 56 and 54.
Cons: When I call it a "thermal paste," that's exactly what I mean; it has approximately the same consistency as paste. Some may find this difficult to work with, but I found that in situations that allow it, using a "smoosh and twist" technique before securing the heat sink spreads the paste well. Granted, not every scenario allows for that kind of motion between heat sink and processor (even before locking down), so your mileage may vary.
Pros: Simple to apply, simply put a pea size of it in the ceneter and lay down the heatsink, that's it. DO NOT TRY TO SPREAD IT!! About 80% of the people that buy thermal paste don't seem to understand that the CPU is actually protected by a cover and all the heat is actually in the center meaning covering the whole thing makes no difference at all!
Pros: Works great! My idle temperature went from 60-65 degrees Celsius to 38-40 and under a full load it tops out at 70 degrees Celsius instead of 92 like it did before the thermal compound. (I have an aftermarket cooler) I had the aftermarket cooler on before I added the Thermal compound so the temperatures recorded are with the same heat sink. I also put this thermal compound on my GPU and went from 95-100 degrees Celsius which made my gpu shut down to maxing out at 80 de...
Cons: None. This thermal compound is made out of better materials then Artic Silver 5 and, I'm getting better results then the average results posted.
Summary: I found the reviews to be correct with regards to the effective thermal transfer of heat from cpu to the heat sink for keeping my lap top runnning cool. It is a little more money, but well worth it.