Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound

Posted on November 9, 2007
Author: Sean Potter
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Results

After the burn in, our CPU idled at 26°C while at the command prompt. This is 8° lower than the 34°C the machine ran out with the thermal pad. That's an 23% percent improvement. Since we are a Linux site, we have other methods of maxing-out our CPU usage than gaming. Since the machine runs Gentoo, anything we install has to be compiled from source. We opted to let the machine compile the KDEBase Package since it's a large program and tends to take a nice long time to compile. This will ensure we get good results after a few minutes of compiling. The highest temperature the CPU reached under a full load while compiling was 35°C, which was 10° lower than the 45°C the CPU ran at with the thermal pad. This is a 22% percent improvement. I tried running UT2004 to add a little more to the results, but the game didn't come close to using more than 50% of my system resources, and the temperature wasn't anywhere near as high as when the CPU was compiling.

Conclusion

The Tuniq TX-2 was an easy installation, provided you're comfortable with working inside your PC's chassis. If you're afraid of breaking something, wear an anti-static bracelet, and remember that the thermal grease isn't conductive, so you won't short anything out. After the initial burn-in, we saw a definite improvement in temperatures over using the stock thermal pad. Given both idle and full load temperature of the CPU using Tuniq and the Stock pad, we found that Tuniq TX-2 gives about a 22% improvement in CPU temperatures. So for anyone looking to lower both CPU and ambient temperatures (which thusly affects the rest of your system temps), Tuniq's TX-2 Thermal Compound is a must have. Think you're thermal pad is enough? Think again! If you're building that new HTPC that you want to run silently, you're not going to want to have that many (fast) fans. Using the Tuniq TX-2 compound, you can lower the temperature of not only the CPU, but the case temperature as well, resulting in less need for more fans and a quieter system once you rid yourself of the unneeded fans.

Rating

9/10

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