Coollaboratory Liquid Pro
Now we would like to reintroduce to you another thermal interface from the Coollaboratory Company that we have already mentioned in our articles before. Now, however, it is not in the OEM, but in a retail package:
The bundle includes rough porous pad, damp napkin and two Q-tips for removing the liquid metal from surfaces:
A small syringe (0.3 CC) contains 1ml of liquid metal. It contains gallium, indium and other non-toxic non-ferrous compounds:
Although this is a fairly small syringe, it should last you for at least 5 cooler installations provided you apply the compound the right way. The application procedure is very simple, just squeeze a small drop into the center of degreased processor heat-spreader and spread it evenly with a cotton ball or soft cloth over the entire surface. Besides, I would also recommend doing the same thing to the cooler base:
When both surfaces have been prepped like that and run through several heating/cooling cycles, they get a better “grip” than in case thermal interface has been only applied to one of them. Now that they included rough porous pad for compound removal (I don’t know its exact name), it has become a very easy to remove Liquid Pro from the surfaces. It will take you less than a minute to clean it off, although you will have to forget about nice polishing. Remember, Liquid Pro shouldn’t be used with aluminum surfaces.
The manufacturer promises thermal conductivity of 82 W/(m·K). Liquid pro should remain fully functional at operational temperatures between -273°C and +1200°C. If it is true, it is truly impressive, but I doubt that anyone needs such a wide temperature range. This thermal interface contains no mercury or any other toxic substances. One syringe costs about $12.
The Hong-Kong Gelid Solutions Ltd. is a new company in this market. Created in 2008 by former Arctic Cooling employees, it is based out of Switzerland. The name “Gelid” comes from the Latin word “geldius” that means “very cold, icy”. In the future, gelid is going to manufacture cooling systems and fans; the fans have actually already appeared in the market. But today we would like to talk about Gelid GC1 thermal interface.
Gelid thermal compound comes in a small plastic package with a cardboard insert inside. The front of the packaging mentions the solution’s key features, displays three award logos, and promises 25% of the compound for free:
You can check out the application fields for Gelid GC1, its brief technical specifications and comparison chart showing that this thermal compound should be 2°C more efficient than Arctic Silver 5 on the reverse of the package.
Together with a small 1g syringe you get a small spatula that should help evenly spread the compound over the desired surface:
Thermal compound is gray, has very thick and viscous consistency, but spreads easily in a perfectly thin layer over the surface:
According to the manufacturer, Gelid GC1 doesn’t conduct electricity, doesn’t leak or cause corrosion and boasts low thermal resistance. Unfortunately, they didn’t mention the operational temperature range for it, but it should last you 10 years without losing any of its features. Its recommended retail price is $6.99.