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Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste Review

hardnrg    -   July 13, 2008
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Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600 SLACR G0 1.325v VID (lapped), 9x266 = 2.4 GHz
  • CPU Cooling: DTek Fuzion with Quad Accelerator nozzle
  • CPU Thermal Compound: Noctua NT-H1
  • Motherboard: EVGA 680i A1 (pencil-modded for zero vDroop/vDrop)
  • Memory: 2x1GB OCZ FlexXLC PC2-9200, 5-5-5-18-2T
  • Video Card: BFG 8800GTS OC 640MB SLI, 550/1800
  • Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W
  • Hard Drive: 4x Hitachi T7K500 250GB SATA2 (RAID-10)
  • OS: Windows XP Professional SP2

Comparison Thermal Compounds:

  • CPU Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5
  • CPU Thermal Compound: Thermalright "Type 1"
  • CPU Thermal Compound: Thermalright "Type 2"
  • CPU Thermal Compound: Evercool 420
  • CPU Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling
  • CPU Thermal Compound: Vantec
  • CPU Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Ceramique



Overclocked settings:

  • CPU: 8x450=3600 MHz, 1.56875v
  • RAM: 450 MHz, 2.2v, 4-4-3-10-1T

As well as stock voltage and speed on the CPU, I tested the highest 24/7 stable CPU overclock for a higher heat load to compare the thermal transfer performance.



  • Cooling
    • OCCT v2.0 Perestroika


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: OCCT
  6. Conclusion
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