Excerpt: Ever since the beginning of time, Arctic Silver have been the market leader in regards to thermal compounds, with their Arctic Silver 5 selling by the bucket load. Today however, Noctua are fighting back with their very own thermal paste, hoping to take the market by storm and to put Arctic Silver...
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Conclusion: I was impressed by the performance of the Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound, especially considering this is Noctua�s first attempt at such a product.The compound delivers solid performance that is on-par or even slightly better than the some of the better-known thermal compounds and certainly is better...
Summary: The Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound was a pleasure to work with. It was easy to apply and the performance was great right from the start. No burn-in time was needed with the NT-H1, unlike Arctic Silver products.
Pros: Great performance, No burn-in time, Competitive pricing, Easy to use, Easy to clean up, Long storage time, Long usage time, Great for sub-zero cooling
Cons: Too new to verify long-term usage, Currently more expensive than Arctic Silver 5
Conclusion: Obviously, from my testing, Noctua has a great product in their new NT-H1 thermal compound, it offers instant thermal conductivity, which translates to great performance from the minute you apply it.
Conclusion: It would have made this conclusion a whole easier if there was a definite difference between the products tested, but unfortunately that was not obviously the case. If you have a higher TDP processor, then you are likely to see the Noctua paste edge ahead further.
Conclusion: We have to say Kudos to Noctua for designing a great thermal compound. It seems that the NT-H1 came in with a bang and seated itself into a very comfortable 2nd position overall in our testing.