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CoolerMasterPremium Thermal Compound Review

Former staff writer    -   November 28, 2003
Category: Cooling
Price: $5.00 - $10.00 USD


Introduction
We've taken a look at several different thermal compounds over the last couple years, but all of those have been product made by Arctic Silver or NanoTherm. Today we'll break that trend and take a look at a product by company that you probably don't associate with Thermal Compound, CoolerMaster. Those of you familiar with CoolerMaster probably know them from their heat sinks like the XDream, Aero 7+, or perhaps even their Neon Case Fans, today we'll get to know their Premium Thermal Compound (PTC).



About CoolerMaster
Since Cooler Master's establishment in 1992, the company has been dedicated to designing, researching, developing and manufacturing cooling systems for personal computers. Today, Cooler Master has already gained a reputation as one of the world's top suppliers of CPU cooling systems.

Even though Cooler Master is ISO 9001 certified, the best proof of high quality standard is derived from the type of customers that they serve. You will find Cooler Master thermal solutions inside the computers of companies like AMD, Epson, Fujitsu, HP, Microsoft, NEC, nVidia, Samsung, Sony, Siemens and a myriad of other respected brands worldwide.



Closer Look


The first thing noticeable about CoolerMaster's thermal compound, is that it comes in a retail package, unlike NanoTherm or Arctic Silver's products. When you order a tube or AS3, Cremaque, XTC, or anything else it'll get shipped to you in a cardboard box with a bunch of peanuts, or maybe a bubble lined envelope. CoolerMaster, as we've seen in the past focuses on presentation as well as performance.

An advantage to the package that CoolerMaster uses is it allows them to include stuff with the compound. In this case, CoolerMaster includes a few things in the package, including:

1x
Tube Premium Thermal Compound
1x
Instructions
1x
Applicator
1x
Socket Application Stickers



As mentioned above, CoolerMaster includes a applicator with the Premium Thermal Compound. It actually looks very much like a hotel key or credit card. - Both of these items work very well for applying any type of thermal compound, just incase you lose your applicator.



Also included are the socket application stickers, I find these pretty useless, but for someone who has never applied thermal compound before, or needs "a little help" these can be of some help. You attach the sticker to the base of the heat sink, and it shows you the area to apply the compound to.





The tube, or syringe, has a black and gold label on it, with a blue lid. Looking closely at the label, you see that this is actually �Premium Thermal Compound by ShinEtsu�. Shin-Etsu is a company that specializes in various chemical products.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
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