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CoolerMasterPremium Thermal Compound Review

Former staff writer    -   November 28, 2003


Testing


To see how the CoolerMaster Premium Thermal Compound stacks up, we�ve put it up against (the only thing I�ve got at the moment :p) C�ramique by Arctic Silver. Testing was done in four modes, non-overclocked idle, non-overclocked load, overclocked idle, overclocked load. To test for the idle temperatures, all unneeded applications, services, and processes were turned off, and the temperature was taken after 15 minutes, for the load temperature, the system services and processes were returned to default settings and Prim95 was ran for 15 minutes. To get the overclocked temperatures, the same method was used, except the system was overclocked from 133Mhz FSB to 45Mhz FSB. All temperature readings were taken from a CompU Nurse that has a probe located next to the CPU die. Room temperature was maintained at 27°C. The test system was my usual rig, spcs as follows:

  • Abit KX7-333R Motherboard
  • AMD XP 1800+ CPU
  • CoolerMaster Aero 7+ Heat Sink (On High)
  • Corasir 512M PC2700 DDR
  • XFX GeForce 4Ti 4200 8x (in 4x mode)
  • Lian Li PC 70 Aluminum Case (Side Pannel Removed)




Conclusion

Depending on where you get CoolerMaster's Premium Thermal Compound (PTC), it may actually cost more than C�ramique by $1.00 - $2.00. This isn't really that big of a deal until you start to factor in other items. First is the size tubing that you get. Using SVC as the price guide (sine this is where I ordered the PTC from) we'll see that for $3.99 sale price ($4.99 regular) we can get a 2.7g tube of Céramique, while the PTC comes in a 1.6g tube and cost $4.99 sale price ($9.99 regular). Now we start seeing the bigger picture. The CoolerMaster PTC cost more, smaller size, AND performs worse than Céramique. Is the extra $1.00 worth an applicator card, fancy package, and stickers? Not in my professional opinion.


Pros

  • Silver
  • Retail Package
  • Applicator
  • Application Stickers

Cons

  • Performance
  • Cost compared to other products
  • Tube Size / Product Quantity



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