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Noctua NT-H1

Thermal compound from the Austrian Noctua released in the end of last year can be considered a new solution in the thermal interfaces market. NT-H1 was developed by the specialists from the Austrian Institute for Heat-Transmission and Fan Technology. It is not only bundled with new Noctua coolers, but also sells separately.

Noctua NT-H1 has the biggest packaging of all our today’s testing participants. It is a plastic casing with a cardboard insert and a special section for the syringe:

 

The insert contains some info on the peculiarities and features of this thermal interface, such as guaranteed functional stability over the entire usage time of 3 years. Noctua NT-H1 can be stored for 2 years. Also, it doesn’t conduct electricity, doesn’t cause corrosion, is highly plastic and boasts low thermal resistance.

This gray thermal interface comes in a 1.4g syringe that should be enough for 15 cooler installations, according to the manufacturer:

 

Thermal compound is really very thick, but despite that, very plastic. It can be easily applied and spread over the CPU/GPU heat-spreader:

Noctua NT-H1 can be removed as easily as applied. The lowest operational temperature for this solution is -40°C, however, it can go down to -50°C for a short period of time. The maximum operational temperature is also no record-breaker: +90°C, with up to +110°C for short-term operation.

This syringe is relatively expensive and is priced at $9. As we have already said, Noctua coolers come bundled with this thermal compound, so our today’s tests will show how good this bonus actually is.

Tuniq TX-2

Turns out Tuniq Company makes not only Tuniq Tower 120 coolers, but also Tuniq TX-2 thermal compound. Despite a similar name to that of Arctic Cooling MX-2, these are two completely different thermal compounds. The manufacturer makes it clear on the official web-site. Syringe with Tuniq thermal compound is sealed in a plastic bag with some of its technical specifications mentioned on the upper part of it:

 

Only the manufacturer knows what’s in this thermal interface, nevertheless, like other today’s testing participants it doesn’t leak, doesn’t separate, doesn’t conduct electricity and is stable over the entire lifetime. Tuniq TX-2 thermal conductivity is claimed at 4.5 W/(m·K). The syringe comes filled with 3.5g of solution.

 

Tuniq thermal compound is of light gray color, thick and viscous consistency, without any alien specks. It is very easy to apply and distribute over the surface.

Tuniq TX-2 functions between -45°C and +200°C temperatures. According to the official info, this thermal compound should be 2~3°C more efficient than Arctic Silver 5 (note that a lot of manufacturers use Arctic Silver 5 as a reference). One syringe of Tuniq TX-2 is priced at $9.

 
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