Arctic Ceramic Prototype Review
Provided by: Arctic
Suggested Retail: Unknown
Review Date: November 9th, 2002
Arctic Silver has been the leader in the Thermal Paste
market for many years. A True Review was able to get a sneak preview
of the new Arctic Ceramic. At this time we are only working with
a prototype. The release date of Arctic Silver's new paste is also
unknown at this time.
The ceramic paste comes in a standard syringe and
should coat about 15 to 20 processors.
Unfortunately, Arctic Silver does not have any statistics
on their new product yet. Therefore, it is hard for me to say what
the technical differences are between the ceramic paste and the
There are some obvious differences though. Arctic
Ceramic has no silver content. This means that it won't short out
your processor like Arctic Silver can. This also could mean that
the heat transfer efficiency will be less than Arctic Silver's.
Arctic Ceramic is a very tacky substance. Arctic Silver
is a pain to remove from your skin if you get a bit of the substance
on it. Arctic Ceramic is even tackier and causes you to have to
scrub your skin to get it off. This is a good property. I normally
use a credit card to spread thermal pastes. Spreading thermal paste
over the core can be frustrating while trying to acheive the perfect,
thin layer. The excess Arctic Silver will run down the side of the
chip making cleanup some effort. Arctic Ceramic spreads perfectly
and because its tackiness, the paste does not run off like Arctic
Silver. When applying the heatsink, Arctic Ceramic acts like a little
suction cup. If you try and move the heatsink a bit to clamp the
clip on, you can feel the Arctic Ceramic bonding to the heatsink.
This makes me believe that Arctic Ceramic allows less air to be
trapped within its compound. Less air means more heat transfer;
thus, more cooling.
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