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Conclusion
Using a price search engine, the prices of Noctua's NT-H1, OCZ's Freeze and Tuniq's TX-2 were approximately the same price. Arctic Silver's Ceramique was the cheapest of the bunch, and I could not find pricing on Stars-700.

Arctic Silver's Ceramique didn't perform as well as any of the other thermal compounds we tested. It requires a curing time to achieve it's optimal performance. It was however the cheapest thermal compound by a small margin, and it's wide operating temperature range allow it to be used with extreme cooling methods. For most users though, there are better options available.




The Stars-700 performed well, and although I could find no information on pricing or availability, if you get this thermal compound packaged with a heatsink you purchase, don't be afraid to use it. It performed well, even better than the premium compound Ceramique.

Tuniq's TX-2 came in a close second. It was just 1 degree celcius away from the top of the pack. It doesn't require a curing time after application and isn't electrically conductive. Tuniq's TX-2 earned a Silver Award.




Noctua's NT-H1's performance led it to the top of the leaderboard. It doesn't require a curing time after application and isn't electrically conductive. It earns the Editor's Choice Award.




OCZ's Freeze had the absolute best performance of the thermal compounds tested today. It doesn't require a curing time after application and isn't electrically conductive. OCZ has a great distribution network thanks to its widespread memory products, which should make Freeze easily available. It earns the Editor's Choice Award.





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No AS5?
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ok, so most arround here are using AS5, or Shinitsu(i cant remember how its spelled). so this is stating that the OCZ is the compound to beat. or is it just better that the few that they tested it with.
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Why any comparison test wouldn't use AS5 makes no sense.

Personally I just reseated when I moved to a new case 2 weeks ago and I used the Noctua NT-H1 and it is performing really well.
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No MX-2 either?
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No AS5?
they used ceramique and ceramique and AS5 have largely identical performance.
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These things are so subjective, I bet even the testers couldn't reproduce the results.
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Oh wow. I guess I made the right choice to order both the Tuniq TX-2 and OCZ Freeze. I use the Tuniq TX-2 on open-die chips since it's silicone-based and the OCZ Freeze on chips with an IHS. Both work quite well.
 
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I am using the OCZ and am very impressed with the results. I was hitting between 67-68c (sometimes 71c) using AS5. Then put OCZ and right off the first boot up and test my results were amazing 61c OC'ed 3.6. Maybe the other 1000 times that I seated my HF were not as perfect as this one but then again... Here is the link where I posted my results with the OCS
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When I get energy to reseat my HSF, OCZ Freeze will be the TIM of choice. It has performed well in all the big tests I have seen this year. AS5 is old news...finally.
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