Thermal paste compounds play an important role in the CPU or GPU’s cooling, as they enable better cold flow from the heatsink. Today we will be testing Gelid’s GC-Extreme thermal compound.
GELID Solutions Ltd. is a Hong Kong based company with Swiss Management and founded in 2008 by Gebhard SCHERRER and VC TRAN. Both have worked in the PC Cooling industry for a number of years and successfully built up an IT company with their expertise.
GELID designs and manufactures packaging, thermal solutions, CPU coolers, fans, and other computer hardware for both gamers and silent enthusiasts and for international OEM and ODM customers.
Let’s take a quick look at the compound’s specifications:
Density (g/cm3): 3.73
Net Content (g): 3.5
Thermal conductivity (W/mK): 8.5
Viscosity (Centipoise): 85000
A Closer Look –
At the back of the box you will find precautions in various languages as well as a benchmark from TechPowerUp indicating that this is the best thermal compound in the market.
There is really not much left to say on the product’s presentation, so we can proceed to the testing right away.
Test Setup and Procedures
The machine’s specs on which we tested the compound are:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We decided to use Noctua’s well proven cooler, the NH-D14.
We tested the GC-Extreme against two very popular thermal compounds in the market,
- Noctua NT-H1
- Arctic Silver 5
To be sure that we will get realistic results, we left our system running for one day continuously with each paste
so that the thermal compounds would provide maximum performance. When switching between the compounds, alcohol was used to clean the CPU chip.
To get the system in load state, we ran Prime95 for the whole day.
The CPU was firstly left at stock speeds, and afterwards overclocked at 4GHz with a core voltage of 1.31V.
Test Results and Verdict\
As you can see from the results, the performance offered by Gelid’s thermal compound was great. Of course, the differences cannot be huge in temperatures, but getting an efficient thermal compound is always critical for the overclocker who wants maximum cooling in his system.
Despite not being the most popular paste in the market, it managed to perform better than other more popular brands. The bundle offered is also complete and includes even a spreader. So far, it has been the highest performing grease that we have tried.
Costing around 7.00 euros across Europe, we would surely say that this is the paste to get.
(+) Great performance
(+) Complete bundle
Thus, we can surely give the Gelid GC-Extreme our Performance award.