ARCTIC primarily offers two types of thermal interfaces: thermal paste and thermal pads. Paste usually performs better when it comes to thermal transfer, but due to its consistency can sometimes be an obstacle for beginners. A modification is the thermal adhesive of our graphics card cooler. When applied, it behaves similarly to the paste, but when dried it creates a rather permanent connection and is no longer that easy to remove. Thermal pads do not have quite as good conductive properties as pastes, but they can be cut to size and shape, making them easier to use, especially for beginners.
The look of our thermal paste packaging has changed several times over the years.
However, the formula has remained unchanged, which is why our MX pastes have stood for high performance and quality for years.
The surface of a heatsink is never completely flat. Its surface is covered with microscopic abrasions caused by the manufacturing. Direct contact would create air spaces that have an insulating effect on heat transfer. Therefore a filler material with very good thermal conductivity is required to compensate for the unevenness between the cooler and the chip and to fundamentally improve the heat transfer.
Thermal paste can be applied in different ways. While some only place a little in the middle and have them evenly distributed by the contact pressure of the cooler, you can also spread them beforehand or apply them in a specific pattern. It is only important that the entire surface of the processor is covered by a thin film. You can find a video tutorial on applying thermal paste here:
When using our paste, you do not have to worry about possible short circuits, since it is neither electrically conductive nor capacitive. Due to their viscosity, excess paste can simply be wiped off before drying.
In the unopened state, our thermal paste can be stored for up to 8 years. Our syringes are resealable, so you basically don't have to worry about drying them out prematurely. Even when applied, our paste convinces with its durability. As soon as you feel changes in the temperature, the noise level or the performance, you should clean your PC and replace the thermal paste.
The best way to effectively remove thermal grease is to wipe it off with a cloth dampened with isopropanol alcohol. Stubborn hardening can be wiped off with light pressure.
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Thermal pads are relatively easy to use. However, there are also a few points to consider here: For example, you should never use thermal grease and pads together, as this can worsen the desired effect! Furthermore, you should not stack and place thermal pads on top of each other. They are available in different thicknesses. Stacked thermal pads can create a build-up of heat and damage your hardware! Furthermore, pads that have already been used should generally not be reused, but replaced. All residues must also be removed to avoid new bumps and to ensure ideal heat dissipation.
Unlike with liquid metal, no corrosion damage can occur when using MX pastes. Carefree work is guaranteed at all times.