GELID Solutions GC-1 Thermal Compound
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 07-09-2008
Provided by: GELID Solutions

When we look back to September of 2007, almost one full year ago, to our review of Arctic Cooling's MX-2, we'll remember that it outperformed Arctic Silver 5 by a solid 2C in both idle and load situations. It is no doubt that GELID performs equally as well as MX-2 and, given our happy knowledge of the transitive property, better than AS5.

In addition to great performance, both GC-1 and MX-2 have a full list of wonderful features that should be standard on every thermal compound on the market. Among those are the absence of electrical conductivity, no curing, and the absence of bleeding. These are all crucial to getting your rig up and running quickly and safely. Indeed, both GC-1 and MX-2 have impressive performance numbers, which are almost identical.

So what's different about these two little plastic syringes of thermal goop? Well, not much, except price. Let's have a little price review, so we can get good idea of things (all prices are from the same popular online reseller or are the MSRP):

GELID Solutions GC-1: $6.99 (5g + applicator)
Arctic Cooling MX-2: $6.99 (4g)
Arctic Silver 5: $5.99 (3.5g)
OCZ Freeze: $6.99 (3g)

It's pretty clear that GC-1 is the most economical choice out of these popular compounds. All of them perform in very close competition, and the difference between GC-1 and MX-2 is so small that it's practically negligible.

The bottom line here is that GELID's GC-1 is a good deal, has top notch performance, packs some great features, and earns the Seal of Approval.

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