Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste Reviewhardnrg - July 13, 2008
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Hot time, summer in the city, man my load temps sure are sh....yes, it's that time again, summer, the worst time for overclocking, unless you live in a meatlocker all year round. "Oh, I'll be safe, I don't overclock, I like my computer to be silent." Well, the cooler your CPU runs, the slower the fans need to turn, so you're not so safe after all hey Mr. Smarty Pants?
Noctua is a manufacturer that caters to both extremes, often achieving both high performance cooling and also low noise. This is thanks to its industrial ties with the heatsink and fan manufacturer, Kolink, and The Austrian Institute for Heat-Transmission and Fan Technology. The marriage of engineering and manufacture expertise, together with continuing research and scientific backgrounds, results in the progressive design of computer cooling products.
With a range of CPU heatsinks and fans, it makes sense that Noctua would develop its own brand of thermal transfer compound. Most other cooling manufacturers also carry their own brand of thermal paste, but how do they compare to each other, and how does this Noctua NT-H1 compare to thermal compounds from the companies that specialise in nothing else other than thermal paste?
Ok, so here we have quite a large sized syringe of thermal paste presented in retail packaging ready to appear on pegs at your local computer store. As with all the Noctua products, there is an overview of the key features on the front, and more detailed specifications and explanations on the back.
The features that stuck out to me the most were "top-performance right from the start," meaning that there is no break-in period, "not electrically conductive," meaning there is no danger of short-circuits from the paste making contact with the motherboard, CPU, GPU, etc, and finally, the "suitable for compressor cooling," allowing you to use sub-zero cooling methods.