Arctic Silver Ceramique ReviewFormer staff writer - July 21, 2003
: Arctic Silver
Price: $5 USD +/-
Arctic Silver has established itself as one of (if not the) best manufactures of thermal compound. The Arctic Silver 3 thermal compound offered great heat transfer, and was the highest recommended compound in by users in our forums. So what happens when Arctic Silver tries to take things up a notch? We'll find out when we take a look at the “Evolution of Cool”, Arctic Silver's Céramique. And to make things interesting, we'll add Arctic Silver's closest competition, Nanotherm Silver XTC, to the fray.
About Arctic Silver 3
Made with 99.9% pure micronized silver.
Arctic Silver 3 uses three unique shapes and sizes pure silver particles to maximize particle-to-particle contact area and thermal transfer. This exclusive combination gives the compound a distinctive silver-green color as each type of particle reflects light differently.
Over 70% silver content by weight.
Arctic Silver 3 also contains a small percentage of specially engineered micronized boron nitride. The thermally-enhanced boron nitride ceramic particles improve the compound's flow characteristics and long-term stability.
Controlled triple phase viscosity.
Arctic Silver 3 does not contain any silicone. The suspension fluid is a proprietary mixture of advanced polysynthetic oils that work together to provide three distinctive functional phases. As it comes from the tube, Arctic Silver 3's consistency is engineered for easy application in a thin even layer. During the CPU's initial use, the compound thins out to enhance the filling of the microscopic valleys and ensure the best physical contact between the heatsink and the CPU core. Then the compound thickens slightly over the next 50 to 200 hours of use to its final consistency designed for long-term stability.
Negligible electrical conductivity.
Arctic Silver 3 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity. It is only electrically conductive in a thin layer under extreme compression.
Made with micronized aluminum oxide, boron nitride and zinc oxide.
Céramique uses a high-density layered composite of five unique shapes of thermally conductive aluminum oxide, boron nitride and zinc oxide sub-micron particles to maximize particle-to-particle contact area and thermal transfer.
This exclusive combination provides performance exceeding most metal based compounds.
Controlled triple phase viscosity.
Céramique does not contain any silicone.
The suspension fluid is a proprietary mixture of advanced polysynthetic oils that provide superior performance and long-term stability.
During the system's initial use, the heat from the CPU lowers the viscosity of the compound to enhance the filling of the microscopic valleys and ensure a minimum bond line between the heat sink and the CPU core. Then the compound thickens slightly over the next 100 to 300 hours of use to its final consistency designed for long-term stability.
Céramique does not contain any metal or other electrically conductive materials. It is a pure electrical insulator, neither electrically conductive nor capacitive.
About Nanotherm XTC Silver
The newest product in our family of Nanotherm thermal compounds. This "Xtreme Thermal Compound" contains a one of the highest loadings of Silver particles of any compound on the market. We use a special mixture of custom-milled Silver particles (99.98% pure) which are blended into a unique high temperature synthetic suspension fluid. The Nanotherm Silver XTC also contains a small percentage of the special Boron Nitride and "Nano" powders used in our Nanotherm II thermal compounds to further enhance the performance of the compound.