When it comes to thermal materials, which do you trust to keep your computer running at peak efficiency? Do you rely on word of mouth, from people working in stores, or from people who do the leg work and run the numbers to find the best material for you? When we received the Sunbeam Tech Core-Contact Freezer the package included a tube of Tuniq TX-2. We decided that to see how well it worked that we would compare it to some popular thermal materials available. Also, I will be reviewing the Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover. Let’s take a closer look at these products:
Products Provided By: Tuniq
The Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound Comes in a small clear plastic bag, with a lable that simply displays the name and volume of the tube. The tube of Tuniq TX-2 displays its name and the spacs of the thermal material.
The Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover came in the exact same style of bag as the thermal material just with the name of the remover and the volume of the bottle being changed. The bottle itself displays the name and instruction of how to use it on the back.
Now let’s get to the specs and features:
Specifications: (Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Material)
TX-2 achieves the best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks by its unique designed molecular size and shape. Without any metal or electric conductive, Tuniq TX2 is safe, reliable and the most effective thermal compound for your valuable CPUs and coolers.
- Low thermal resistance for superior heat transfer, 4.5W/mK
- Small molecular size makes a better contact between the heatsink and heatsource.
- Thin bond line for hi-efficiency conductivity
- Low bleed under high pressure
- Spreads easy – clean consistency
- Help the low-pressure clip design of cooler to achieve better cooling performance.
- RoHS compliant
- Not Electrically conductive
Specifications: (Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover)
How to Clean Grease
Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover quickly dissolves the existing thermal grease, TX-2,. The thermal compound can easily be removed with a clean cloth.
1. Fully saturate the thermal pad or compound with several drops of TR-1 and wait 30 to 50 seconds for the thermal material to be dissolved.
2. Gently wipe with a clean cloth to completely remove thermal material.
- Keep away from children
- Keep away from fire
- Avoil eyes contact and ingestion
- Non-Toxic and Environmentally Safe
- RoHS Compliant
- Not Electrically conductive
- High Effective
- Easy Application
Now let’s do some testing:
- CPU: Q6600
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
- Memory: 2 x 2GB Kingston
- OS: Windows XP Home SP3
- Video Card: ATI Radeon 2400 HD
- Power Supply: 550 W PSU
To test the Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Compound Remover I will be using it when I change out the thermal materials during the benchmarking for the Tuniq TX-2. I will be basing my results of the remover against my old favorite of isopropyl alcohol 99% and see how much easier it is to clean up. For the testing of the Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Material I will be watching the temp of my CPU while idle and under load. To raise the temp I will be running the Prime 95 Burn-in test. I will be comparing the Tuniq TX-2 to the Gelid GC1 and Arctic Silver 5. The ambient temp of the room will remain a constant 19°C to ensure a far test for all of the used thermal materials.
Arctic Silver 5
From this we can see that this stuff is amazing. At first I didn’t believe the results so I ran them again and got very similar results. Over the past few thermal compound tests we have run we have been seeing the old juggernaught Arctic Silver slowly slipping from its perch as the king, and seeing more and more reasons why you should think about which thermal material compound you are using.
When it came down to my results for the Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover I was downright amazed. At first I really didn’t have any faith that this stuff would really be that great but I was wrong. The remover was incredibly easy to use with the eye dropper style bottle for precision placement. All there was to do was to add a few drops to the CPU cooler, place a few drops on the CPU, turn around and grab a small clean cloth, and with a single wipe or two all traces of the thermal material was gone. Simply put this was the best and easiest experience I have ever had when it came to changing thermal materials, and after the past few months here I have had to change it a lot.
Let’s move on to my final thoughts:
So what did I think of these products. Honestly I thought that they where amazing. To see an amazing drop of 16°C under load from just changing from Arctic Silver 5 to Tuniq TX-2 is unbelievable. If you are still running with Arctic Silver 5 I strongly recommend that you change it out now. For those that know the pain and hassle of changing out thermal pastes should look at getting some of the Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover. Between these two products I am definitely looking forward to seeing what else Tuniq has in store for us in the future.
So would I recommend these Products? Abso-Freakin-Lootly! From an amazing drop in temp of my CPU and the easy use of the remover I would have a hard time not recommending these products. There is of course a small hitch and that is with the thermal material remover. With this I don’t see a real need for Joe Blow to go and buy a bottle of this amazing stuff if he’s just going to do a quick change of thermal material and never touch it again. However anybody that does regular work with thermal materials and knows that pain and mess that they can make I strongly recommend that you pick up a bottle of Tuniq TR-1. Even when I got some thermal material on my work bench I just added a few drops and it cleaned right up and didn’t leave a big smear on my desk.
Pros: (Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Material)
- Large Amount For Low Cost
- Spreads Easily And Evenly
- Amazing Cooling
- Can’t Think of Any
Pros: (Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover)
- Easy To Use
- Fast Acting
- Clean, Precise Use
- Reduces Mess
- Can’t Think of Any
I hereby award both of these products our Editors Choice Award