CoolerMasterPremium Thermal Compound Review
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: November 28, 2003
Price: $5.00 - $10.00 USD
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).
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.
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:
|Tube Premium Thermal Compound|
|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 ï¿½Premium Thermal Compound by ShinEtsuï¿½. Shin-Etsu is a company that specializes in various chemical products. Testing
To see how the CoolerMaster Premium Thermal Compound stacks up, weï¿½ve put it up against (the only thing Iï¿½ve got at the moment :p) Cï¿½ramique 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)
Depending on where you get CoolerMaster's Premium Thermal Compound (PTC), it may actually cost more than Cï¿½ramique 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.
- Retail Package
- Application Stickers
- Cost compared to other products
- Tube Size / Product Quantity