The common day-to-day user would not think much about how their computer performs thermally unless it catches fire, or fills the room with smoke. Now an average enthusiast would probably think or worry about temperatures, but not to the extreme of buying branded, high-end thermal paste. It’s probably mostly the hardcore hardware enthusiasts who try to tweak their systems to get that little extra out of it whether overclocking or such. This is when temperatures become a lot more serious and stock paste will not do the job well enough. Today, we will be looking at Tuniq’s TX-2 Thermal paste.
“As a division of Sunbeamtech, Tuniq considers itself in the fashion business of computing industry. We are committed to bring stylish, durable and high performance equipments to the world of computer modding. Headquartered in the city of Taipei , the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology campus near our site provides a well nurtured academic environment for Tuniq with easy access to the latest information and trend of pc tech. The members consist of those who have more than 10 years experience in the industry and enthusiastic young designers full of innovative ideas.”
The Tuniq TX-2 comes in a simple plastic bag with the syringe clearly visible. The packaging is purely black and white which gives a ‘no nonsense’ message to us. Remember, we’re talking of thermal paste here, not exactly a huge product that needs fancy packaging. As we just said, the paste comes in a syringe. Syringes are probably better than normal tubes because you have more control and precision when applying.
- Appearance: Grey
- Viscosity: 285000 cP
- Thermal conductivity: 4.5W/mK
- Operating temperature: -45°C ~ 200°C
- Specific Gravity: 3.96 @ 25°C
- Volume: 3.5g
- Low thermal resistance for superior heat transfer, 4.5W/mK
- Small molecular size makes a better contact between the heatsink and heat source.
- Thin bond line for hi-efficiency conductivity
- Low bleed under high pressure
- Spreads easy – clean consistency
- Help the low-pressure clip design of cooler to achieve better cooling performance.
- RoHS compliant
- Not Electrically conductive
The thermal paste itself is not as thick as the very popular Artic Silver, but application and cleaning seems somewhat easier. You’ll notice it says the paste is not electrically conductive, so if you just happen to drop some onto some circuitry, say on your motherboard, you don’t need to worry too much.
Performance & Testing
For our testing, we used an Intel Core 2 Quad Core (Q6700) @ 2.4GHZ at stock settings with an OCZ Vanquisher cooler. Before testing the TX-2, we applied Arctic Silver 5 and let it burn in for over 200 hours. This is the suggested burn-in time so we should get optimal heat transfer. Applying the TX-2 was straightforward, however it did take some time taking off the Arctic Silver with alcohol but we got there in the end. We used a piece of plastic, credit card shape and thickness thick to apply a very thin coating of TX-2 to the CPU. We then gave in the same suggested 200+ hours of burn-in for optimum performance. These temperatures were recorded when idle and under load. The temperature for idle was obtained by keeping the system idle until the temperature did not lower anymore. The same was done for load except Prime95 was running and the temperature recorded was the highest until it stopped increasing.
|Artic Silver 5
TX-2 delivers, it really does – just look. The Arctic Silver kept the CPU at 27 C at idle and 40 under load. The TX-2 nearly duplicated the idle but did better under load which is incredible. Considering the lower price of the TX-2, this is amazing. Looking for good thermal performance at a low price? Your search stops here. Get the Tuniq TX-2 thermal paste.
- Great thermal performance
- Low price
- Low bleed under high pressure
- Just look on list of features
- Easy to apply and remove