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TestingTestingWhen it comes to testing a thermal interface material, the goal is very similar to cooler reviews where the idea is to determine how cool the processor stays under stress. With this concept in mind, I will be thrashing out an Intel based setup to see just how well this compound works.Before we delve into the number, though, let's take a quick look at the test box.MSI X48C Platinum motherboard (Supplied by MSI)Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor2x 1024MB Corsair XMS2-8500-C5 memory (Supplied by Corsair)2x Sapphire X2900XT graphics boards (Supplied by Sapphire)In the past, we have made it a habit to look at temperatures at both idle and at load. In this test session, I will be monitoring a bit differently than before. Idle temperatures are more important when realizing the cooling potential of heatsinks, so I will be aiming at testing load temperatures.Our test methodology consists of running a 100% load test of the processor for approximately 26 minutes. After noting the maximum temperature, I went through the temperature logs and figured an average temperature throughout the test cycle.As noted above, the processor is running at default speed and has the stock Intel OEM heatsink mounted for our testing. All system voltages are also set to default values so that everything will be on an even keel and we can give all compounds we evaluate the same test bed as the others. Ambient temperature was a constant 23C and relative humidity was less than 25% during all test phases. Finally, all thermal compounds tested are given a 3-day burn-in time even if they state they do not require it. This allows all tests to be conducted on an even plane and no excuses for questionable performance can be given.
Final ThoughtsFinal ThoughtsWhen it comes to thermal management, cooler is always better. To further this goal, some enthusiasts have gone to extremes and introduced water, refrigerants and even liquid nitrogen into the equation. For those of us who either are not comfortable with the extreme cooling methods or simply cannot afford them, we must be more careful than ever to protect our investments. The base to this cooling protection has always been the thermal compound.GELID, a newcomer to the world of enthusiast cooling products, has come up with a compound that is easy to apply, lasts a very long time, does not require any curing, and performs as well as anything else on the market. The days of Arctic Silver have come and gone and GELID has joined others to step up to the plate and offer us a very competitive thermal compound that simply works and works well.Pricing for the GC-1 compound is listed as having a MSRP of $6.99US for a 5 gram syringe. As noted previously, this is a new product and is still a bit difficult to find at your favorite online store, but even at full retail price it offers a very affordable thermal base for enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers. Things are certainly looking good for these new guys on the block.
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