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Arctic Cooling MX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound Review

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To compare this Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal compound, I’m going to take the idle and load temperatures for both stock and overclocked settings on my Intel Core 2 Duo E6600. We also applied the compound onto an Intel Q6600 and an AMD 6000+ so we'll test the temperatures for those processors as well. Both of the thermal compounds were given 24 hours to fully cure before testing. The CPUs were overclocked to 3.0GHz from the stock 2.4GHz for the overclocked portion of the tests. The Thermaltake V1 is what I’ll be using for the CPU cooler in all tests, except on the AMD 6000+ where a Arctic Freezer Pro 64 was used. Since we’re dealing with Celsius in these tests, lower is always better.

Test System:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
  • AMD 6000+ AM2 Processor
  • Arctic Cooling MX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound
  • Abit IN9 32X-Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
  • Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 Memory
  • Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case

Comparison Thermal Compound:

  • Arctic Cooling Ceramique


First up are the stock tests. Remember, the readings are in Celsius - lower is better.


Now we are going to overclock both processors to 3.0GHz from their stock 2.4GHz clock. Again, the results are in Celsius, lower is better.


The Arctic Cooling MX-2 and the Arctic Cooling Ceramique had a very tough battle.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing
  4. Conclusion
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