Tuniq TX-4 Thermal Grease ReviewIndybird - November 2, 2010
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So you just went out and bought the top-of-the-line CPU cooler, and a whole bunch of case fans to keep your processor running nice and cool. At this point it’s pretty tempting to just slap the CPU cooler on exactly as it came and call it a day. However, there’s one thing that seems to be overlooked a lot, and that is thermal paste. The paste that typically comes with your cooler will do the job and net you decent temperatures. But why would you skip out on the chance for cooler temps without modifying your cooler? “Aftermarket” thermal paste will typically yield a temperature drop of 5 degrees or more over stock paste.
Today, we have Tuniq’s offering in the enthusiast thermal paste market, the Tuniq TX-4. Tuniq has improved on its TX-3 formula of thermal grease, yielding even better performance. As per its lineage, TX-4 is a thick and viscous, non-conductive thermal grease. The TX-4 iteration boasts a lower thermal resistance, easy-application TIM spreader, and longer life. Let's see how it fares in the fairly exclusive enthusiast Thermal Interface Material market.
The Tuniq TX-4 comes in a small plastic clamshell package. Visible from the front is the tube and spreader card. Around the back we get down to business. At the top are the technical features and qualities of the TX-4 grease. In the middle is a graph comparing the TX-4 with the previous generations, TX-3 and TX-2, along with “Standard Thermal Grease.” The scale of the graph is a little misleading, being that there is only a 3 degrees Celsius difference between TX-2 and TX-4. Below that are the basic application instructions and at the bottom are your chemical specs. It is also noted, both at the top and bottom, that Tuniq TX-4 is RoHS compliant.
With the exterior and packaging out of the way, let’s move on to the contents.