Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-23-2007
Provided by: Arctic Cooling
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Testing

MSI 975X Platinum PUE (BIOS 7.4)
intel E6600 Core2 Duo 2.40GHZ 4MB
....@ 3.30 GHZ (1.30V) : CoolIT Eliminator
ATi Radeon X1900XTX 512MB 650/775
....@ 700/825 : Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 w/ Turbo Mod
Corsair 2x1GB DDR2-667 4-4-4-12
....@ DDR2-735 (1.95V)
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic : Logitech X-530
WD 74GB Raptor (10K)
WD 250GB Caviar (7.2K)
Ultra X3 600W
NEC 16x/16x DVD±R/W
NZXT. Apollo Orange Chassis

Procedures

All test results were taken twice and averaged at the toasty ambient temperature of 27.75 C (~82 F). The CPU was at an overclock of 367x9 at 1.300V. The case had a 120mm intake fan, a 135mm PSU exhaust fan, the CoolIT Eliminator CPU cooler, and an empty side-panel 120mm fan hole, all at high setting as applicable, and the AC Turbo Module was off for consistency with previous testing. Load situations were created with two instances of Folding@Home, one on each core. A blank WindowsXP Professional desktop is considered to be idle. All temperatures were let to stabilize for 15 minutes before being recorded, to ensure that they were not still rising or falling. Temperatures were recorded using RivaTuner 2.1 with the C2D.dll plugin, which measures the same temperatures as CoreTemp. All measurements were taken load first, then idle afterwards to ensure that the CPU was not still cool from boot.

Results


MX-2 held the upper hand throughout all testing. A very consistent 2-3C puts MX-2 solidly ahead of the other two thermal pastes. To be honest, after I reviewed Liquid Pro, I didn't think there would be any difference, but here it is clear cut even at load.

Conclusions

MX-2 is a very high quality product with zero drawbacks. Non-curing means it will work well right out of the package, non-conductive means you can't mess up, and 8 years durability is more than any other compound can attest to. At $6.99 at a popular online reseller, it's as cheap if not cheaper than its competitors while still boasting superior performance and more features. We at OCIA.net award Arctic Cooling's MX-2 with our seal of approval!




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