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Old January 8, 2009, 10:14 PM
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Whats your take on the preapplied thermal compound that comes on the Gelid CPU Coolers?

I have the Gelid Silent Spirit Quad Powered Heatpipes CPU Cooler and it comes with that preapplied GC-1 High performance thermal compound. Do you think its a good compound or should I remove it and apply another seperate brand?

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Old January 8, 2009, 10:42 PM
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I am certainly not a guru as compared to other members here, but my general experience with any pre-applied cooling compound on anything, has been that mfg's tend to goop stuff onto surfaces that require much better heat dissipation with inferior compounds.

I'm not familiar with the particular cpu cooler that you are talking about, but I would get rid of the goop and apply my own (I use Arctic Cooling).

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Old January 8, 2009, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by element291 View Post
Do you think its a good compound or should I remove it and apply another seperate brand?
Take a look here. It looks like it's on par with AS5.
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Old January 8, 2009, 11:21 PM
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Some pre-applied can be really good, some companies actually manufacture their own top grade TIM, Noctua for one and ship it with their products (though with noctua its not pre-applied) I had a Arctic cooling with pre-applied MX-1, which is on par with AS5 really.

I have no idea on Gelid, best call is to do a web search on some TIM rounds ups, there are one or two every quarter and see if you can find out how it stands up. If not then hey I pull out the cleaning tools and use good ole AS5, or in my case some of my left over Noctua TIM, they ship a massive tube!
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