Conclusion: Thermal paste is an interesting category of products to review. Whether you want to call it overlooked or under-looked, enthusiasts whose attention focuses on performance and overclocking will want their heat generating components running as cool as possible. Being that, the last thing anyone wants is poor thermal transfer from one medium to another due to insufficient contact. Theoretically, metal-to-metal is the most optimum and efficient method of thermal conduction.
Conclusion: Although choosing the right thermal paste might not always be high on the average enthusiasts list of priorities our testing here has shown that, given the right system, shelling out just a few pounds more to replace your generic thermal compound can yield some very positive results with regard to reducing CPU temperature.
Arctic Cooling MX-2 vs. Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste Showdown
12 February 2008
Summary: For testing of these two thermal paste products I have used the Noctua NH-U12P Cooler ( Which we reviewed here ). This is a high-performance silent cooler and I have included test results while running the fan at 1500 RPM, as well as at 960 RPM, which should provide us with the results we are looking for in order to compare the Noctua NT-H1 and Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal pastes.
Pros: Good Performance, Easy to Apply, Good Performance, Easy to Apply
Excerpt: The debate of the paste rages on! What makes one thermal paste better than another? Is it the little features in these so-very-essential products, or is it sheer performance? In my everlasting quest of the answer, I have come across Arctic Cooling’s MX-2 thermal compound, which appears to be a promising contestant in the goop challenge.
Conclusion: Regardless of whether you’re planning to use Arctic Cooling MX-2 or Arctic Silver 5, they’re both great thermal compounds but it’s clear that the MX-2 being the better one. The main difference is their chemical composition which could spell trouble if not applied properly. What I liked about this compound compared to the Arctic Silver 5 besides the better performance is that it is less hard, making it easier to smudge around whichever surface you wish to apply it on.
Summary: There are reasons to buy fancy thermal compound, certainly when you are an overclocker who wants to squeeze as much performance out of the system as possible. If that is the case then you better go for some of the best thermal compounds you can get your hands on. The main goal however with the different thermal compounds is to ensure a better heat transfer between two components. In our case between the surface of the CPU and the heatsink fitted on it.
Pros: Excellent Package Design, Outstanding Thermal Conductivity, Fast & Easy Application, Great Instant Performance, Competitive Pricing
Conclusion: At only ~$8 USD, the Arctic Cooling MX2 thermal compound is a great product that will likely provide you the best bang for the buck when it comes to cooling.The compound comes in an easy-to-use syringe and is simple to apply.What more can I say; if you build or mod computers, you�ll likely need some thermal compound.Why use some generic compound that comes with the hardware when you can achieve even greater performance using this compound?
Conclusion: Not only is the Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal compound better performing that AS5, it also has the added features of not being conductive. I don’t know about you but I try and take the least chances I can when it comes to my systems, if I can get rid of one potential hazard then that makes me a less stressed person. The MX-2 does that in that it is non-conductive so there are no worries of accidentally hitting a trace circuit and shorting your system or worse.
Excerpt: Arctic Cooling is not the oldest company around, but they have come a long way in making a name for themselves in the cooling product line. Many enthusiasts live by the Arctic Cooling brand name and this reputation is well deserved. They have a line of cooling solutions for nearly every niche area and their prices tend to be more than reasonable.