Arctic MX-3 Thermal Paste Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅17-08-09
Test Setup
CPU - Intel Core i7 920 – 4.0ghz
RAM - 6GB (3x2GB) OCZ platinum DDR3 1333mhz
Motherboard - Biostar T-Power x58
Graphics card - Gainward 896MB GTX260 216
Power Supply - Enermax Revolution 85+ 850W
Cooling - Noctua SE 1366 NH-U12P
Hard Drive - Samsung F1 320GB
Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAKS 320GB
Drivers - ForceWare 190.40

Thermal pastes:

Tuniq TX-3
Tuniq TX-2
Noctua NT H1
Arctic MX2
Thermolab Baram paste
GELID GC-Extreme
Arctic MX-3

Program Suite:

Core Temp 0.99.5
LinX stress Test
PC Wizard

How I Tested:

Each paste was applied as recommended by the manufacturers and were test over a period of 48 hours to observe if they required any curing time. An initial test was done at stock (2.66ghz) speed and overclocked (4ghz) speed. The idle and load temperatures were measured using coretemp by looking at the minimum temperature while idling and the maximum temperature after 20 passes of LinX. This was repeated after 48 hours.

Due to varying temperatures, an average temperature was calculated and the ambient temperature was subtracted to obtain a delta value. This is presented in the graphs.

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