Monday, September 13th 2010

Arctic Releases MX-4 High Performance Thermal Compound

ARCTIC introduces a new thermal compound, ARCTIC MX-4, which features a new formula that guarantees exceptional heat dissipation from components and maintains the needed stability to push your computer system to its maximum. Similar to the performance of existing and acclaimed ARCTIC MX-series, ARCTIC MX-4 continues to be overclocker's ultimate choice when choosing thermal compounds. Prior to its introduction into the market, ARCTIC MX-4 has already received a Top Product Award from PC Games Hardware in a Germany print magazine in August 2010 as it prevailed against 11 other thermal compounds in the market.
Superior Performance and Easy Application
The ARCTIC MX-4 is a premium-grade thermal paste with exceptional performance and ease of application. It is an electrically non-conductive paste that is applied between CPU/GPU and designated coolers to transfer the dissipated heat from the components to the heat sink. Since the ARCTIC MX-4 is a metal-free compound, it eliminates the risks of causing short circuit and in turn adding more protection to your computer.

The new formula in the ARCTIC MX-4 features optimal thermal conductivity and low thermal resistance. These characteristics effectively dissipate the emitted heat from the core components.

The consistency of the ARCTIC MX-4 is designed for simple application. Its texture is just thin enough to spread onto components using fingers without creating much mess.

Great Bargain for its Value
With its competitive pricing, the performance of the ARCTIC MX-4 is the best thermal paste on the market by far. The ARCTIC MX-4 comes with a 2 year limited warranty. It is available in early September. The MSRP is US$9.95 / 7.45€, excl.VAT.
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30 Comments on Arctic Releases MX-4 High Performance Thermal Compound

Yeah think I'll stick to me IC Diamond :-D There's this other stuff as a cost no object best performer that looks like spreading mercury on your CPU which is sometimes on par to IC Diamond, but that stuff is uber freaky lol
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Another poo-pile on the shelf?

Bleh ... they keep developing those "new formulas" out there, marketing every next product as better than the previous one. I bought a tube of MX-3 when it hit the shelves. Wiped the MX-2 off my CPU and put the MX-3 on - it was sh!t at perfomance. Gave it a break, let it settle for two months - still sh!t, compared to MX-2. I read posts on the Internet from people saying they'd just opened their brand new tubes of MX-3 only to find out that the stuff had decomposed. Is it coincidence that AC are releasing MX-4 so soon after MX-3? I mean look at the gap between MX-2 and MX-3. Maybe this time around their R&D department got overpaid and decided to compensate for that by working extra shifts, thus the lightning-fast development of the ground breaking new product? Oh, look, it's MX-2 with a fancy new sticker. MX-3? Ah, sorry, that was a secret military experiment, accidentally gone loose. Officially it's a toothpaste and cement mixture meant for constructing buildings on Mars.

Anyway, I'm (and I guess a lot of you out there are too) still perfectly fine with using MX-2, Arctic Ceramique and Arctic Silver 5 - those three rock! But MX-3? Not a chance.

Would I buy MX-4? Yeah, right. Best thermal grease, IMO, would be the one that once applied onto the CPU, would grind and polish the surface like acid super-finish does, then do the same to the heat-sink, and then evaporate, so it would give us the perfect 92~98% direct metal-to-metal contact between CPU and HS. It's what makes the most sense to me. And when you dismantle the heat-sink for maintenance purposes, all you'd need to do is apply some non-aggressive flux onto the CPU, so it would wipe out any greasy smudges your fingers might have left and thus you'll have the same metal-to-metal contact when the stuff evaporates completely too after a 5-minute session with IBT, for example.

Just my two cents. Or do I deserve a bunch o' :nutkick: for saying all that?
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Isopropyl Alcohol seems to work just as well I think. Arctic Silver 5 seems to me to be the over all over and over time and time again champion. I thought I'd try IC Diamond 7 over it, and have never looked back. Hmm, grind and polish the CPU, sound like IC Diamond's only real competitor, for whatever that is worth, I guess maybe possibly in the right circumstances anything can be pretty good within reason, hence why some of the lower end stuff is still preferred over newer TIM's for world record stuff using LN2, guess it really depends on application maybe.
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i think max different between mx-2 and mx-4 will be 2c-3c, and mx-3 maybe less than mx-4 in 1c-2c
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lol, I still have some MX-2 left in ma tube
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