Arctic Silver Ceramique Review Reviewed by:Bryan McDaniel Reviewed Date: June 21st, 2003 Provided By:Arctic Silver Price: $5 USD +/-
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
exclusive combination provides performance exceeding most metal based compounds.
triple phase viscosity.
does not contain any silicone.
suspension fluid is a proprietary mixture of advanced polysynthetic oils that
provide superior performance and long-term stability.
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.
does not contain any metal or other electrically conductive materials. It is
a pure electrical insulator, neither electrically conductive nor capacitive.
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.