GELID Solutions High Performance GC1 Thermal Compound Review


The performance PC world is big business nowadays, with more competition and quality products than you can shake a stick at. One thing that hasn’t had much competition in the world of thermal compounds, many have stepped up to take down Arctic Silver, and many have failed. It seemed unlikely that any company would knock Arctic Silver off the podium, some have come close but lacked the business experience to give the final shove. GELID Solutions is a fairly new upstart company, but the owner is no rookie; the owner of GELID Solutions was a co-founder of Arctic Cooling. Will this company’s years of experience be able to take on a company that’s main focus is thermal paste? Let’s find out:

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Closer Look:

The packaging for the GELID GC1 Thermal Compound is impressive, nicely laid out design, eye-catching colors, and shows you what you are buying. It is a nice bonus to receive a thermal compound spreader along with the package.

The packaging lists the temperatures that the GELID GC1 Thermal Compound achieved in tests against the formidable opponent Arctic Silver 5. Is this going to be a taste of what’s to come? I honestly hope it is I have been itching for a better compound.

Let’s check out the specs and features this High-Performance Compound has to offer:

Specifications:

*INCLUDED:Applicator
Net Content (g):5
Specific Gravity (g/cm3):3.96
Viscosity (Poise):2850

Features:

“A High-Performance Thermal Compound”                                                                                                                   

Created for today’s high power CPUs, graphic processors, and other semiconductors GELID’s GC-1 provides both silent and gaming enthusiasts with top-level performance, system stability, and easy application at a better price than most other high-performance compounds. 

Superior Performance & High Thermal Conductivity                                                                                                

GC-1 is a compound made of advanced silicone fluid and thermally conductive nano-filler particles. High performance is achieved within a very short time.

Stability                                                                                                                                                                   

Consistent performance over approximately 10 years. The compound does not need to be reapplied nor is there any decrease in performance over time.

Ease of Application                                                                                                                                                          

The syringe is very user friendly and the applicator makes application onto the heatsink or CPU child’s play.

Completely Safe                                                                                                                                                           

Unlike other compounds GELID’s GC-1 is non electrical conductive and does not contain any metal particles. This eliminates any risk of short-circuits.

RoHS Compliant

Net Weight: 5g (25% for FREE)

MSRP: USD 6.99/ Euro 4.70″

Let’s get to the point where it really matters testing:

Testing Setup:

  • CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
  • Motherboard – Asus P5B
  • RAM – 2GB Kingston PC2-5300
  • Video Card – EAH 4830
  • Power Supply – 500w
  • OS – Windows XP Pro SP2
  • Ambient Temp 29 Degrees C

Testing:

The two thermal compounds will be tested under the same conditions; room temps and testing with be identical. I will be doing an idle temps test as well as a load test. For the load test, I will be using Prime 95 to torture my poor pc to get the results I need. I will not be doing any overclocking test with these compounds because there is a bottleneck for temps because of my stock Intel cooler. Maybe the GELID fairy will come along again and drop off an after-market cooler for me. Until that time these are the temps the average jo gamer are interested in unless you are an enthusiast.

Idle Temps Test:

Arctic Silver 5:

Idle CPU: 38C

GELID High-Performance GC1 Thermal Compound

Idle CPU: 35C

3 degrees different may not seem like a lot at first just remember when you are overclocking every little temp drop helps. 3 Degrees is pretty substantial considering it is just a change of thermal compound. I would happily pay about $.50 less for GC1 than Arctic Silver 5, especially if I get a 3-degree temp drop.

Load Temps Test: (Prime95)

Arctic Silver 5:

Load CPU: 63C

GELID High-Performance GC1 Thermal Compound

Load CPU: 55C

This is an amazing drop in temps 8 degrees is absolutely a substantial drop in temps, I actually ran this test more then once to be sure and these are the average temps achieved. Let’s get to the concluding thoughts and see what the verdict on this compound is.

Conclusion:

I must say I was skeptical when GELID wanted to send me their compound, in my experience only a handful of compounds came close to Arctic Silver 5 in the past. I was very pleasantly surprised, I never would have thought this compound would have performed so well.

It all comes down to recommendations in the end would I suggest this compound over others? Absolutely! I believe that if this product is marketed correctly, Arctic silver better stays on its toes. This was a great product and I very much look forward to what GELID Solutions has in store for the future. This is the first Editors Choice Award Given on this site and it is definitely fitting!

Pros:

  • Price!
  • Applicator
  • Temp’s were incredible

Cons:

  • NONE!

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