XtFlux-GA Thermal Paste ReviewNerm - March 1, 2006
Well, that is enough of the boring technical stuff so letï¿½s get right into getting our hands dirty and do some testing. For comparison I am going to be using AS Ceramique because of the physical similarities.
- AMD 3400+ (cooled by the stock AMD heatsink for this review)
- DFI LanParty UT NF3 250GB
- Gskill PC4400 LE
- Sapphire X800XT-PE (cooled by a Zalman Fatal1ty FS-V7)
I did something a little different on this review by testing this thermal grease on both the CPU and GPU rather than the just the CPU like most people do. For the CPU testing I did it with the 3400+ at both stock and overclocked to 2.6ghz. As for the GPU I did tests at stock speeds and at 540/580.
According to the results shown above of the GPU test, the XtFlux held its ground with AS Ceramique in each individual test. The XtFlux does seem to do slightly better while overclocked and under load. When the biggest difference in temperatures is only two degrees then I would say the performance of the two is pretty close, but CPUs are different so letï¿½s see how they compare in the CPU environment.
We are still in a very close race here folks. As you can see from the picture above the only place in the testing of this review where the XtFlux did not win or at least tie was with the CPU idle at stock speeds. Again in the CPU tests the XtFlux seems to take just a slight advantage over the AS Ceramique in load testing. It seems as though whatever ingredients are separating the two doesnï¿½t really show except under load, which is when anybody would want their thermal grease to perform at it's best.
I for one am impressed. I honestly did not expect for XtFlux to do as well as it did, but TherMax has done an excellent job with their first thermal compound. Now to some, only a couple degrees performance increase isnï¿½t much, but when you are in a fight to get the coolest temperature possible it can make a world of difference. My question is that if their first compound is good enough to rival some of the best thermal compounds on the market, what can we expect from their next product when their company has had time to mature? Now of course I know better than to get carried away. Every system and environment is different and not everyone is going to get all the same results, but from my initial impression TherMax has got a great product that should only get better with time. On a scale from 1 to 10 I would give XtFlux a rating of 9. The only thing keeping it from a full 10 of 10 is the lack of good packaging and instructions for the first time novice user.
- Excellent performance
- Easy to apply and clean up
- Competitive pricing
- Company is easy to contact for support
- Dull and boring packaging
- Lack of instructions for the novice user