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Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro CPU Cooler & MX-3 Thermal Paste - MX-3 Results

Arctic Cooling brings us MX-3 thermal goop and a low wattage budget CPU cooler, the Alpine 11 Pro.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 20, 2009 3:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Arctic Cooling

MX-3 Results

 

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While testing was done just like it was for the Alpine 11 Pro, I decided to give the MX-3 a better chance at performing in a more relative manner to most daily usage. Most buyers who are worried about the performance of the thermal compound are using aftermarket cooling. So I decided to strap up a 120mm CPU cooler I had laying around to not only compare closely with my earlier tests, but to also give you, the reader, a more comparable setup to what you are running.

 

As the results show, I didn't find MX-3 to be the best paste on the market, but I did in fact find it better than most. MX-3 is an improvement of just over half a degree on the MX-2 and almost a full three degrees over the standard AS5. Now, the question comes about of value for that half of a degree over MX-2; worth it? I will get to answering that shortly.

 

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