Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Review

by Prof. Dr. Silver     |     January 8, 2008

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Review

Manufacturer's Part Number: MX-2
Manufacturer's Product Page: Arctic Cooling
Price: $9.00CAD
Availability: Now
Warranty: N/A

Arctic Cooling, with its head office located in Switzerland, suboffices in the USA and production facilities in Asia, is a fairly young company specialized in manufacturing silent cooling solutions for your PC. Besides that they also design silent fans, PC cases and more recently they have added a power supply line to their offerings. As the company's name indicates, they know the cooling business and in that same vein, they have released a new thermal compound called MX2.

MX-2 follows in the footsteps of the extremely popular MX-1 compound and Arctic Cooling is hoping that it will be as popular as their older product and it looks like their dreams have come true. Even though this compound has only been on the market for a few short months, it has steadily gained in popularity to the point where it is considered one of the best thermal compounds on the market. In fact, it has become so popular that many of our etailer contacts tell us that they can't keep it in stock and we have to agree with them since it seems to sell out as fast as stock appears. Arctic Cooling has heard what the market wants and they are now offering a 30 gram (yes, that's 30 grams) tube of MX-2 to their rabid customers. Since this behemoth tube of thermal compound has just been announced, the tube of MX-2 we will be looking at today is of the much more mundane 4 gram variety. Believe it or not, this is more than many other thermal compound manufacturers give you; many other compounds are only available in 2 to 3.5 gram tubes. Some compounds even come in smaller quantities so at around $9.00CAD per 4 gram tube, Arctic Cooling seems to have hit the nail on the head in terms of the amount of TIM you get for your hard-earned dollar. This value is something that Arctic Cooling has long been banking on and it is good to see that they have continued this tradition with MX-2.

There are promises aplenty when it comes to MX-2. Not only is it (supposedly) one of the best thermal compounds on the market but it also boasts high thermal conductivity, no curing time and it is does not have any electrical conductivity. All of these things in one package is like the Holy Grail for enthusiasts everywhere so it will definately be interesting to see how it performs. Does it live up to its hype? After hours, hours and then some more hours of investigating, testing, overclocking, calibrating, deliberating and benchmarking, we have finally have the results. How does it perform? I won't spoil the end for you just yet....so read on!!


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