Do you want to see your components on fire? perhaps, no one will be fascinated by such a dreadful sight. To purge out such possibilities, thermal paste exists.
Components like GPU and CPU come with an integrated device known as “Heatsink”. These heatsinks are passive coolers, which help in mitigating the heat. They make use of compressed air or liquid coolants to dissipate the generated heat and lower the component’s temperature. When you buy a component, there’s this guide which possesses every nick of information regarding the hardware. Whilst shuffling through the pages, you must have stumbled upon a safe temperature zone. To achieve those safe temperatures, liquid coolant, or a semi non-conductive liquid is used. That semi non-conductive liquid is known as thermal paste.
What is a thermal paste and how it works?
The notion behind the manufacturing of such products is to lower the device’s temperature. Thermal pastes are designed in such a way that it dissipates heat eloquently without damaging itself. The thermal paste is applied between the heatsink and the device so that the air which is sliced in between the two parts is no more there. Unfortunately, Air is not a conductor of heat. It sorts of traps the heat. When the heatsink is unable to spread out the heat from the device, its performance downgrades. To eradicate this problem, thermal paste lines up the surface as per the requirement without any trapped air. This, in turn, helps the heatsink dissipate heat at a larger rate resulting in a boosted performance.
How often should you change the thermal paste?
To prolong the longevity of the device’s performance, you will have to ensure that the thermal paste remains intact for a longer period of time. The reason for changing thermal paste is nothing, but to give a boasted thermal conduction between the heatsink and the device. What happens is that, when you buy a new processor or a GPU, the stock cooler which comes with the component has a rusted thermal paste applied to. These thermal pastes have a shorter life span and dry out easily. So, isn’t it better that you apply the best thermal paste on the CPU/GPU which can sustain the heat conduction without messing up with the performance? These are a few thermal pastes to look at before diving into the buying process. The list is as follows:
|Arctic MX-4- Thermal compound paste||Carbon-based|
|Arctic Silver 5- Thermal paste||Ceramic|
|Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut||Ceramic|
|Cooler Master-Master gel Maker||Ceramic|
|Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut||Liquid Metal|
|Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound paste||Ceramic|
|Thermaltake TG-7||Thermal grease|
|Gelid Solutions GC extreme||Ceramic|
|Gelid Solutions GC-2||Ceramic|
|Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra||Liquid Metal|
Arctic MX-4 is on top of the list for what it offers at a subsidized price. It was given a marvelous title: the best CPU thermal paste. There are a couple of editions which were registered in recent years, but you can look up to the 2020 edition, which is progressive and efficient. The product offers a highly conducive environment for your GPU and CPU, making it one of the best thermal pastes to get in 2020. It is made up of carbon micro-particles which offers a thermal conductivity of 8.5W/mK. There is no hard and fast rule for the application of the product, you can easily apply it on the component without short-circuiting it.
The best part about this thermal paste is that you can apply it 2 to 3 times on the component before it runs out. As far as the application is concerned, all you have to do is spill a spot on the surface of the component, spread it with a spreader given in the pouch, and you are good to go. It’s safe to use because the composition doesn’t include metallic particles which can result in an electrical shock.
Not to mention, you can use this thermal paste for overclocking purposes. If you have overclocked your GPU and CPU, then this thermal paste is the best you can get to reduce the high temperatures and prolong the performance for years to come. Indeed, it is directed at enthusiasts. Once a gamer, always a gamer.
|Features of Arctic Mx-4:|
|· Use carbon micro-particles|
|· Easy to apply|
|· Thermal conductivity of 8.5 W/mK.|
|· Volume Resistivity: 3.8 X 10 ^ 13 Ω-cm|
|· Weight: 0.16 ounces|
|· Dimensions: 5.9 X 1.2 X 2.8 inches|
Arctic Silver 5 is one of the renowned thermal pastes you can stumble upon. You will behold this product as a savior to your components due to its ability to absorb heat at high temperatures. It’s best suitable for overclocking lovers, who love to push the limits. What makes it popular? It is comprised of 99.9% micronized silver, which is one of the transition elements, best known for its conducting properties. Using metals can boast the conductive property of the heatsink, and that’s why people are going haywire for Arctic Silver 5.
Since it uses metal as an adhesive, it takes usually longer for the product to settle down. As you must be aware of the composition of metals (tightly packed and aligned), it might take a couple of hours for the paste to come in its form.
Moreover, you can use this thermal in conjunction with liquid nitrogen or helium to increase the thermal conductivity by two folds. As far as the application is concerned, all you have to do is put a spatula of the paste on the CPU/GPU surface and spread it. What you can do is simply press the heatsink over the paste, so it spreads in the right direction.
Additionally, this thermal paste comes with a static phase where for a couple of hours, the paste calculates the average power used by the component. For example, it might take 2 hours for the paste to settle down and boast the performance. That’s the only drawback that comes with the product, otherwise, the quality of the product is top-notch.
|Features of Arctic Silver 5:|
|· Make use of 99.9% silver particles|
|· 88% thermally conductive filler for heat dissipation|
|· Weight: 0.16 ounces|
|· Thermal conductivity of 8.9 W/mK.|
|· High-density fillings of micronized silver for thermal conduction|
|· 3.5-gram tube/syringe.|
|· Dimensions: 8.5 X 2.5 X 6 inches|
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut falls in the top 5 categories of the thermal paste. It’s also considered the best CPU thermal paste due to its highest thermal conductivity of 12.5 W/mK. Just because of that it can constructively dissipate the heat resulting in a cooler environment. Forsooth, best for overclocking freaks. When you overclock your GPU/CPU to its highest possible potential, it tends to generate a lot more heat. Kryonaut helps in reducing that heat by two to three folds.
The structure of the Kryonaut is unique in terms of conduction. It can sustain its durability up to 80 degrees and still the paste will not dry out. Isn’t that mind-blowing? Another specialty of this product is that it’s made up of silicon chips (another metal known for its high conductivity of heat). These microparticles help in dissipating the heat even from cramped spaces. Although, the paste is a little brittle when compared with other flagship products, resulting in a harder application process.
Surprisingly, this specific thermal paste can decrease the temperature up to 240 degrees Celsius. That’s one of the fine achievements of Kryonaut. You can use this product in workstations where the processors and GPUs are constant use with 100 percent usage. Not to mention, you can also use Kryonaut with liquid nitrogen and helium to further decrease the temperatures if the overclocking temperatures are getting out of hands.
Additionally, it comes with a spreader that can assist you in applying the thermal paste on the component. All you have to do is add a spatula at the center of the hardware and press it against the heatsink. The rest of the process will be done automatically.
|Features of Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut:|
|· Lighter syringe (1.0 gram)|
|· Renowned for overclocking purposes|
|· Thermal conductivity of 12.5W/mK.|
|· Dimensions: 9.8 X 7.9 X 5.9|
|· Weight: 0.16 ounces|
Cooler Master always surprises us by innovating such mesmerizing products. One of their living and breathing products is Cooler Master-Master gel Maker thermal paste. When comparing it with other flagship products of the same category, Cooler master thermal paste has exceeded the ranks and has settled on number 4. It makes use of nanodiamond particles (carbon) which are lighter than it’s precedent (micro carbon particles), making it less weighable. When considering the electrically conductive phase of the Mastergel, it’s nearly negligible. Why? Because of nanodiamond particles, which are electrically slumbering. This results in a safe application of the product on the required device without short-circuiting it.
Not to mention, it’s made up of sub-silicon particles which gives it a di-electric capability. You must have heard about the composition of the diamond. The diamond is most similar to the graphite in terms of conductivity (the sliding sheets of graphite). Since the Mastergel is made up of nanodiamond particles, it results in a boasted thermal dissipation giving your components a robust and prolonged life for years to come.
As far as the approximation of temperatures is concerned, the Mastergel gives a wide range of temperatures where the paste remains intact and not dry up. The range is as follows: -50 degrees to 150 degrees. Surprisingly, this range is sufficient for overclocking components. Another blissful product that caters to the enthusiasts of overclocking.
Additionally, the thermal conductivity of Mastergel is 11W/mK. This spreads the heat at a larger output rate and boasts the performance of your CPU/GPU. On top of that, you can install a liquid nitrogen cooler with thermal paste to make your component reach its fullest potential on the overclocking stage.
|Features of Cooler Master-Master gel Maker:|
|· Intense thermal conductivity of 11W/mK.|
|· Composition: Nano diamond particles|
|· Exceptional viscosity|
|· Electrical insulator|
|· Dimensions: 4.7 X 4.5 X 0.8 inches|
|· Weight: 1.12 ounces|
Thermal Grizzly has been breaking into the market with its myriad of products. Each one of them is groundbreaking, and so is the thermal grizzly Conductonaut. It makes use of liquid metal as a conductive paste, which is superior when compared to mediocre carbon particles. This product is designed delicately, making it best for overclocking usages. How? It has an exceptional thermal conductivity of 73W/mK. This means that the heat produced by the CPU or GPU will instantly be dissipated/absorbed by the heatsink resulting in a lowered temperature zone.
With that said, it has another enormous property of being light-weighted (1-gram syringe) due to the fact that it’s made up of liquid metal which has fewer spilling properties. It also has earned the title of “best thermal paste 2020”. Not to mention, it can reduce the temperature of CPU/GPU by 10 degrees maximum. For example, if your processor was working on 80 degrees with overclocking unlocked, expect it to reach 70 degrees easily after the application of the thermal paste. It’s also consistent with the CPU and GPU and gives high thermal activity performance.
There’s a single drawback, and it’s the use of a mixture of different metals. Since the Conductonaut makes use of Gallium, Indium, and other elements, it gives rise to the property of electrical conductivity. So basically, it’s safe to keep it away from sparking areas on your motherboard. Similarly, you will have to ensure that you don’t run the paste in freezing point temperatures (liquid/air coolant) because the metal might seize the kinetic energy and might not work. A few precautions, and that’s all. Otherwise, it’s a high-rated product in terms of providing boosted performance on overclocked devices.
|Features of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut:|
|· Preferred for overclocking|
|· Light-weighted (1-gram syringe)|
|· 100% liquid metal compound|
|· Dimensions: 6.9 X 3.9 X 0.3 inches’|
|· Weight: 0.32 ounces|
|· Application: beginners|
Noctua has been seen improving their products day by day. There are a plethora of variants to Noctua thermal paste. For instance, you can find NT-H1, NT-H2, and NA SCW1. We will be focusing on Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste, which one their first release and is considered premium to all the other existing variants. This specific paste has climbed the ladders to success and is being recommended to all potential overclocking lovers. It makes use of different microparticles which combine together to form an exceptional adhesive thermal paste. Bringing into the limelight the fact that this thermal paste evaporates at a slower pace, resulting in enhanced longevity.
When shedding light on the lifespan of the thermal taste, it surpasses the two-year gap. After that, you can replace the thermal paste with a new one. As for the cooling power, this thermal paste can withstand high temperatures without drying out and can reduce the temperatures of your CPU/GPU by a maximum of 10 degrees.
The best part about this thermal paste is that it’s non-electrically conductive, which means that you can easily apply the paste without the fear of short-circuiting the components or motherboard. Surprisingly, the given optimum range of the thermal paste is -50 to 200 degrees. That’s highly exceptional considering the fact that other flagship products give a lower range for their price.
|Features of Noctua NT-H1:|
|· Stable and durable|
|· Weight: 3.5 grams|
|· Capacity: 1.4 ml.|
|· Electrically uncharged|
|· Premium grade thermal conduction|
It has been a while since Thermaltake took out their new product. They are renowned for giving gamers the best quality products: Cases, fans, Power supply. But now, they have gone a bit far. It’s their new Thermaltake TG-7 thermal paste that has been causing the chaos. Verily, they have unleashed their true power. This thermal paste has also climbed the ladders and made it in the top 10 thermal pastes of 2020. It’s giving a top-notch thermal reality check when compared with other contemporary thermal pastes. The reason is nothing but the use of Diamond powder.
Diamond powder is known for its durability and the power to withstand the long-lasting thermal environment. To our surprise, it also has diamond particles which act as insulators to electrical sparks. So as long as you are using this particular thermal paste, you are safe from short-circuiting your motherboard or electrocuting yourself.
There’s another specialty of this thermal paste. It has a prolonged life of 2 extra years when compared with orthodox products, giving an edge to your system. After so many experiments on different processors, it has been recorded that it can sustain thermal dissipation at a phenomenal rate, providing a temperature range of 50 degrees to 150 degrees.
As far as the design and layout are concerned, it gives you the best cooling system with an easy application. All you have to do is simply apply over a spatula of the paste and spread it with the help of a spreader/heatsink. The reason is high restraint viscosity. Due to this, the application of thermal paste has become easy in the last few years.
Not to mention, along with the diamond powder, it also harbors micronized silver and ceramic particles which gives an extended temperature resilience to the thermal paste.
|Features of Thermaltake TG-7:|
|· Durability to withstand soaring temperatures|
|· Easy application|
|· Have a prolonged lifespan|
|· Incorporates diamond powder along with other metals|
|· Weight: 0.16 ounces|
If you consider yourself an overclocking worshipper and follow the norms religiously, then Gelid solutions GC extreme is just for you. It has knocked out some competitive products and is now considered as one of the best thermal pastes to get in 2020. With a lowered thermal conductivity of 8.5W/mK, it is still able to win against the odds. When you compare it with grizzly thermal pastes (Kryonaut, in particular) it has been observed that, although the reduction in temperatures is not that much of a celebration, the reduction in the thermal environment is set up at a lightning speed.
Regardless, it still lives up to its name. As for the electrical conduction, no it doesn’t happen with this paste. Since it uses lightweight fine particles, the electrical conduction has remained to its minimum. On top of that, it’s also one of the lightest thermal pastes you can find on the market. It has been only possible due to the usage of nano and Pico carbon particles in the thermal paste, which boasts the thermal conductivity.
Not to mention, you can apply this thermal paste on both your Graphics card and processor. It doesn’t differentiate between the two since both the components have dedicated heatsinks, providing similar thermal environments. As far as the application of the product is concerned, it’s easy to apply because of the use of carbon particles. Simply spread the thermal paste with the heatsink, and you are good to go.
Surprisingly, when compared with other flagship products, it’s non-corrosive in the sense that the toxicity it inhibits is way lowered which makes it easy to handle.
|Features of Gelid Solutions GC extreme:|
|· Dimensions: 1.6 X 0.3 X 1.6 inches|
|· Temperature range: -50 degrees to 180 degrees|
|· Thermal conductivity: 8.5W/mK.|
Gelid Solutions has upgraded its product range and produced a marvelous piece: Gelid solutions GC-2. It is an updated version of the precedent, GC. What does this thermal paste offer? The answer is quite simple: 2% boasted performance and a high reduction in temperatures. It’s known that the GC thermal paste can decrease the temperatures up to 5 to 10 degrees maximum, depending on the environment it is kept in. As for this version, you can expect up to a reduction of 7 to 12 degrees max. That’s phenomenal when you compare the price tags since there’s little to no difference with its precedent one.
The application is far simpler. All you have to do is use the tool given with the product, and use it against the chipset. That’s all! You have done applying the paste, what a marvelous job you did there.
As for the particles, it also contains the nanocarbon particles which help in lowering the electrocution hazards. These fine particles also promote high-end thermal reduction and help in dissipating the heat throughout the heatsink resulting in a boosted performance.
This product is also non-corrosive making it easier for you to apply and handle the product without intoxicating your lungs.
|Features of Gelid Solutions GC-2:|
|· Non-Electrically conductive|
|· High thermal resistance|
|· Weight: 7 Grams|
|· Density: 2.5g/Cm cube|
If grease-based thermal pastes aren’t a thing for you, then how about you shift to liquid metal pastes. Well, Coollaboratory liquid ultra has brought you something out of this world, a liquid metal thermal paste that delivers high-resistance to thermal environments. Since it makes use of metal as a conductive medium, the dissipation is high. It’s known for a fact that metals are the best conductors of heat, and so is the case with this specific thermal paste; using liquid metal to jinx the fanatics of overclocking.
When compared with other flagship models, it has thermal conduction of 38.4W/mK which is exceptional. This means that the components you have applied the paste over will reduce their temperatures by two to three folds. You can apply this thermal paste with liquid coolers to enhance the reduction in temperatures. This is only possible if you, in particular, use nitrogen or helium-based coolers. On the contrary, it is also advised that you don’t use the paste with the aluminum heatsinks. The alloy used as the fine particles in the paste makes the corrosion possible, so the precautions are always recommended.
Not to mention, this paste is earned with a gift to push the limits to its best. You can still get the same efficiency at full overclocking, without any performance degradation.
As far as the temperature range is concerned, this thermal paste can decrease up to 10 to 12 degrees, depending on the amount of paste applied.
|Features of Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra:|
|· Ultra-thermal conduction|
|· Use of pure metal|
|· Easy to apply|
|· Weight: 1.44 ounces|
All in all, if you are a dedicated overclocking fanatic, then there’s only one paste for you. It’s Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. Why? Due to its groundbreaking thermal performance of 73W/mK which is double the conduction provided by Coollaboratory liquid ultra. Not to mention, they have surfaced in the markets long before any product and have won the hearts of millions of people. It is preferred that you go along with Grizzly thermal pastes because they are resilient, efficient, and provide the best dissipation rate.