Conclusion: When we reviewed Arctic Cooling's MX-2 thermal compound a while back, we were really quite impressed with, commenting that it was well worth the £6 or so that a syringe retailed for - Indeed, its price has since dropped lower still. In essence, Noctua's NT-H1 offers a very similar overall experience, also showing off some decent temperature reductions on a par with Arctic Cooling's compound, and even exceeding those levels of temperature reduction when the processor in...
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 in their place.
Excerpt: When you think of Noctua, you generally think of cooling. After all, these folks have been in the business of making cooling solutions for quite some time. Taking this into consideration, it should come as no surprise to see this Austrian company getting involved in the TIM race. After all, what good is a high-end cooler without a quality material to work as an intermediary?
Excerpt: Until a few years ago we went from "who understand about PC," even to mount a CD player, today many know how to assembly and replace the individual PC components. At the same time, one part for hundreds of articles that are online, other part for the easy software solutions now offered by many manufacturers, everyone wants to do some overclocking and the choice of thermal paste begins to be a discourse open to all and not just geeks.
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. The storage and usage time look great, but since this is a new product, there has not been enough time to verify the manufacturer's claims.
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. NT-H1 has many other features going for it as well, including being non-conductive, long shelf life, long usage time, large quantity and a low price, all of these things combine to make an excellent product that in the highly competitive market will be hard to beat.
Excerpt: Noctua aims at establishing a new level of quality and performance "Designed in Austria" through paying attention to the users' needs in a market burdened with all kinds of frills and furbelows and providing sound-optimised premium components, which serve their purpose in a smart, precise and reliable manner.
Pros: Great performance, No burn in needed, Thicker paste (no need to spread by hand, easier to apply)
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. The Noctua NT-H1 comes to the heatpaste arena with a solid result, beating Artic Silver 5 by a small margin, but small enough to pronounce it the winner.
Excerpt: Thermal paste is probably the most disregarded part of building a PC. However, thermal grease can be a very important factor for users wanting to overclock or game heavily. One of the leading manufacturers in this field is Arctic Cooling with their Arctic Silver range. Arctic Silver 5 has always been the most favourable paste, but today, we have another manufacturer, Noctua, challenging Arctic Cooling for the title of the thermal paste king.