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Old 08-17-2011, 06:28 AM   #1
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"Following up on our Thermal Compound Roundup - July 2011 review, we are adding five more thermal compounds to our roundup, for a total of 35 different models from Antec, Arctic Cooling, Arctic Silver,..."

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Old 08-17-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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We're seeing about a 7-degree spread between the worst of the "real" thermal compounds and the best. I'm not sure I'd describe that as insignificant. Consider: strong recommendations for CPU coolers are made on the basis of a seven-degree spread, why not the same for cooling compounds? Does a 40-dollar CPU cooler plus 5 dollars worth of goop cool better than a 60-dollar CPU cooler with its stock compound at a given noise level? How does a quiet, inexpensive cooler with good goop compare to an expensive cooler with its stock goop, cooling-wise and noise-wise? Goop is silent.

Suggestion for the next alternative compound: a chocolate chip! Just don't lick your CPU. People will start to talk funny about you if you do.
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We're seeing about a 7-degree spread between the worst of the "real" thermal compounds and the best. I'm not sure I'd describe that as insignificant. Consider: strong recommendations for CPU coolers are made on the basis of a seven-degree spread, why not the same for cooling compounds? Does a 40-dollar CPU cooler plus 5 dollars worth of goop cool better than a 60-dollar CPU cooler with its stock compound at a given noise level? How does a quiet, inexpensive cooler with good goop compare to an expensive cooler with its stock goop, cooling-wise and noise-wise? Goop is silent.

Suggestion for the next alternative compound: a chocolate chip! Just don't lick your CPU. People will start to talk funny about you if you do.
I agree partially. I think the most important thing is that some users like to squeeze any possible degree from the system, so both factors count.
And chocolate is a good call for next month, thank you.
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