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NanoTherm Thermal Compound
Reviewed by: Matt Cameron
Reviewed Date: August 21, 2001
Provided by: ESGN.com
Price: $5.99 -+



Introduction
Artic Silver thermal paste at one time dominated the thermal compound market, and then they came out with Artic Silver II which had a big improvment over the first version. I was contacted by Scott Gallmeyer of ESG Associates a few weeks ago and he said he would like for me to review their new thermal compound. Today, I have it in my hands, but one question still stands, Is Artic Silver II still king of thermal compound?

Here is a quote from their website: "This is a unique new material that is applied between the CPU core and Heat Sink & Fan on PCs to promote the transfer of heat from the Processor to the Heat Sink to keep your CPU and System running cool and fast, effectively extending the operating life of the computer. Nanotherm Natural has only recently been introduced to the market and is rapidly gaining recognition and accolades as a "Best-of-Class" thermal material, particularly among the computer techies, overclockers, gamers, case modders and cooling freaks."

Installation
Installing thermal paste is pretty easy. You first take off your heatsink, then clean off your old thermal paste or take off your thermal pad. Next, dab some NanoTherm on the core of your CPU.



Next, smooth the compound out until you have a very thin coat.



I always like to use a very thin guitar pick to smooth it out with.



You could also use a credit card, or anything else plastic that is thin. Lastly, make sure you clean any old thermal compound off of your heatsink, then re-install your heatsink.

Testing
Test Rig:

  • 1.4Ghz T-bird
  • Kt7A-RAID motherboard
  • 768MB Pc133
  • Win2k

    To test the NanoTherm compound I used the same procedure as I would use if I was testing a heatsink. I booted up in to Win2k and let the computer idle for 15mins, to get the idle results. As for the full load results, I ran Seti@home and Prime95 for 30mins and then wrote down the results.
    The results show that Nanotherm slightly beats Artic Silver II! Astonishing I know, take a look at the graph below:





    Conclusion
    It isn't a huge improvment, but it's a big enough improvment for me to switch to Nanotherm. Surf on over to ESGN.com and get some!

    *UPDATE* I have been informed that they are no longer offering the free sample tube of NanoTherm. The only reason they offered it was to get the word out about it, and for marketing purposes. I received an email from the CEO and here is some of what his email said:
    So, here's the official word on Nanotherm as we move into our official product launch this week. We will initially be offering 1 gram (1 cc) tubes of Nanotherm Ice and Blue through our Authorized Resellers at an MSRP of $5.95 per syringe. Within the next few weeks, we'll diversify into 0.5 and 2 gram (0.5 cc and 2 cc, respectively) tubes of Ice and Blue at MSRPs yet to be determined. The 0.5 gram tubes will probably have an MSRP fairly close to the $2.95 price of our 0.2 gram Free Samples (minus the S & H, of course) - perhaps around $3.25 or so. For now, the official line is an MSRP of $5.95 US for a 1 gram (1 cc tube) -the same volume of material (and number of applications) as a tube of ASII. Therefore, comparing apples-to-apples, Nanotherm about 65% to 75% the retail cost of ASII.

    Pros:
    • Enough compound to use on many cpu's
    • Low cost
    • High thermal conductivity

    Cons:
    • Nonde


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