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    Heatsink Thermal Compounds Review
    Author: Alan Wong
    Date Posted: December 5th, 2003
    Arctic Silver 5 SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    OCZ Ultra II SLRating: SLRating: 7.5/10
    Bottom Line: For your heatsink to reach its full potential its important to use a good thermal compound. We reviewed products from 2 leading compound suppliers Arctic Silver and OCZ. How did they perform and is it worth paying a little extra, read on to find out in our official review.......

    Find the lowest price for this product OCZ Ultra II
    Find the lowest price for this product Arctic Silver 5
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    Conclusion

    From our observation, there was only a slight difference in performance between the Arctic Silver 5 and Arctic Silver 3. The AS5 cooled about 2oC-3oC better than the AS3. The AS3 was pretty much on par with the OCZ Ultra II (the AS3 cooling 1oC better than the Ultra II during Load state while the Ultra II cooled 1oC better against AS3 during Idle state).

     

    Arctic Silver 5:

    Pros

    • Superior Performance
    • Cost only $5 (pricewatch.com)
    • Easy to spread on CPU core

    Cons

    • Only cools a few degrees better than the OCZ Ultra II and Arctic Silver 3

    SLRating: 9.5/10

     

    OCZ Ultra II:

    Pros

    • Performs on par with the Arctic Silver 3

    Cons

    • Not as easy to find as Arctic Silver (Pricewatch.com only displays Newegg.com)
    • Costs $6 (more than Arctic Silver 5) yet performs poorer
    • Harder to spread on CPU core compared to Arctic Silver

    SLRating: 7.5/10



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    3. Performance
    4. Conclusions

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