Tuniq TX-3 Thermal Paste Reivew


When it comes to thermal paste there really isn’t much to say. Over the years there have been many different formulas which in turn results in many different styles. There are some that act like mercury, there are some that are just simple strips that you cut and place, while most are your basic grey paste. With all that said you can see how most thermal pastes are sort of boring and not very exciting. Well that changes today with the introduction of the Tunic TX-3. I still find it hard to say this but when we got this in it was the first time I got excited about doing a thermal paste review. Let’s take a closer look and see why:

Product Provided By: Tuniq

Price: $10.99

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications:

Appearance

 Grey

 Viscosity

 83500 cP

 Thermal conductivity

 6.2 W/mK

 Operating temperature

 -45°C ~ 200°C

 Specific Gravity

 3.011 @ 25℃

 Volume

 1ml (3g)

 Features:

Extreme performance

High stability and

reliability

 

Not electrically

conductive

6.2W/mK Ultra-High thermal conductivity for superior heat transfer

*1

*2

 

*3

RoHS compliant

Low bleed under high pressure

 

 

   
  • 1: Tends to form a thinner layer between CPU and heatsink than other greases even under low pressure
  • 2: 6.2W/mK Ultra-High thermal conductivity for superior heat transfer Best solution for the heatpipe direct contact or heatpipe direct touch type CPU cooler. (Ex: Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer)
  • 3: Helps the low-pressure clip design of cooler to achieve better cooling performance

Test Setup:

  • CPU: Q6600
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C12P
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
  • Memory: 2 x 2GB Kingston
  • OS: Windows XP Home SP3
  • Video Card: MSI Geforce GTS 250
  • Power Supply: Nexus RX-1K 1000 Watt

Testing:

For testing I will be start by doing an idle / load test for my old favorite paste the tunic TX-2. I will then follow this by doing the same test with the new Tunic TX-3. To achieve the load status I will be running the Prime-95 Torture Test to get thing heated up. To keep things fair the room will remain a constant 19°C (66°F)

 

 

Thermal Paste

Tunic TX-2

Tunic TX-3

State

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

CPU

13°C (55°F)

19°C (66°F)

11°C (52°F)

17°C (63°F)

 

So from this we can see that this is amazing stuff, I never would have thought that you could drop the CPU temp that much from a simple paste but I don’t know what else it could have been. If you had read my previous review on the Tunic Tx-2 you would have seen how that formula had already blown the competition out of the water, and with their new and improved formula how it might be awhile until there is someone out there who can keep up with the new king of thermal paste.

Conclusion:

Well here it is the end of the review. Now is when I start talking about what I liked about this paste and some of the down sides. Well as long as you read the testing I don’t think you need me to tell you what a great pro that this product has. But like I said I also have to talk about the downsides. Due to the thermal paste’s extreme high viscosity, it does make it a little difficult to work with.  When I say this I mean that I had a hard time using my thermal paste spatula that came with one of my coolers, but what I did find that worked was putting a bunch of small dab of paste all over the CPU and then using the cooler to spread the paste out, doing this made the job much easier.

Well now it comes down to the recommendation, and of course the answer is yes. Although I Found the Tunic TX-3 Thermal Paste a little difficult to work with, I still feel that its amazing cooling abilities far out way that small problem. For those that don’t know (but most likely if you’re interested enough to read this far into a thermal paste review you already do), heat can cause a lots of wear and tear on your CPU, and keeping it at optimal temp at all times is a must if you want to reduce the chance of damage and ultimately burning out you CPU. So weather you’re looking for a great way to help cool down your CPU, or simply you’re a fanatic who must have all of their components sitting at the lowest optimal temps possible, then this is the paste for you.

Pros:

  • Amazing cooling powers

Cons:

  • High Viscosity makes it hard to work with

 

 

 

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