Tuesday, July 20th 2021

Alphacool Announces Apex Soft & Rise Ultra Soft Thermal Pads

Today, Alphacool presents a new generation of thermal pads. The Alphacool Apex Soft and Rise Ultra Soft thermal pads can be compared thermal paste due to their outstanding properties and efficiency.

The Apex Soft and Rise Ultra Soft thermal pads fill up the unevenness of components significantly better than standard pads. As they can nestle between components better, heat transfer between the cooler and component is significantly increased. The softer consistency of the thermal pads also prevents taller components such as voltage converters or VRAM from being subjected to increased contact pressure from the cooler. The special material does not dry out as easily as standard thermal pads, allowing them to be used for a much longer period without any significant loss of performance.
The Apex Soft is Alphacool's high-end solution for thermal pads and are offered with a thermal conductivity of 11 W/mk and 14 W/mk. The cost-effective Ultra Soft thermal pads of the Rise series will be available with a thermal conductivity of 7 W/mk.
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9 Comments on Alphacool Announces Apex Soft & Rise Ultra Soft Thermal Pads

#1
claster17
Might be an interesting alternative to Gelid Extreme pads.
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#2
turbogear
Interesting product.
I already own the previously launched Ultra Soft pads and use them on 6900XTU Liquid Devil Ultimate under the water block on VRAM and VRM.
www.alphacool.com/shop/waermeleitmittel/waermeleitpads/25889/alphacool-eisschicht-ultra-soft-waermeleitpad-3w/mk-100x100x1mm
These new ones have higher conductivity.

The Apex Soft are having high conductivity but are relatively hard with 72-80 Shore OO.

The Rise Ultra Soft are really soft with 25 Shore OO hardness, but has lower thermal conductivity of 7 W/mk.

Still these Rise Ultra Soft seem to have better thermal conductive than my Ultra Soft (3W/mk) ones that I currently use.

Most probably I will order both to test. :rolleyes:

On the secod thought the 14W/mk are damn expensive.:eek:
I will order first Rise Ultra Soft to check if I see some improvement on VRM temperatures at 460W GPU load under OC compared to my Ultra Soft ones. :laugh:
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#3
DeathtoGnomes
turbogearInteresting product.
I already own the previously launched Ultra Soft pads and use them on 6900XTU Liquid Devil Ultimate under the water block on VRAM and VRM.
www.alphacool.com/shop/waermeleitmittel/waermeleitpads/25889/alphacool-eisschicht-ultra-soft-waermeleitpad-3w/mk-100x100x1mm
These new ones have higher conductivity.

The Apex Soft are having high conductivity but are relatively hard with 72-80 Shore OO.

The Rise Ultra Soft are really soft with 25 Shore OO hardness, but has lower thermal conductivity of 7 W/mk.

Still these Rise Ultra Soft seem to have better thermal conductive than my Ultra Soft (3W/mk) ones that I currently use.

Most probably I will order both to test. :rolleyes:

On the secod thought the 14W/mk are damn expensive.:eek:
I will order first Rise Ultra Soft to check if I see some improvement on VRM temperatures at 460W GPU load under OC compared to my Ultra Soft ones. :laugh:
is that 100mm X 100mm? omg it is... so just under 4 inches square and 1mm thicc ( :p ), damn you're gonna need 2+ of them per card depending on the card.
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#4
turbogear
DeathtoGnomesis that 100mm X 100mm? omg it is... so just under 4 inches square and 1mm thicc ( :p ), damn you're gonna need 2+ of them per card depending on the card.
No actually I have a big piece left after I applied Alphacool Ultra Soft on VRAMs and VRMs on my 6900XTU Liquid Devil Ultimate. :laugh:
There are different thicknesses available.
The best fitting on the 6900XTU under EK Waterblock on the memory and VRM is the 1mm version.
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#5
DeathtoGnomes
turbogearThere are different thicknesses available.
but at what cost? 2mm for $160+ each sheet??
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#6
lexluthermiester
These pads seem like a little bit of interesting.

@JayzTwoCents, you should do some testing in a video on these!
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#7
TheUn4seen
DeathtoGnomesis that 100mm X 100mm? omg it is... so just under 4 inches square and 1mm thicc ( :p ), damn you're gonna need 2+ of them per card depending on the card.
Just today I "repadded" my 3080 and it's a surprisingly expensive endeavor. I used single packs of 2mm and 1mm of Thermalright Odyssey 85x45mm, two packs of Gelid Extreme 80x40x3mm, plus the Kryonaut paste. Even with precisely cutting the pads, they were just about enough for everything, there was only some 1mm pad left over. The difference was definitely worth it, memory temperature went down by about 25°C (!) - the factory pads were of the horrible, low quality, oily and crumbling variety so I'm very satisfied with the results, but damn, thermal pads got expensive and there are a lot of them. Back when I did this to the 780ti there were only 2mm pads on the memory and some pieces of 3mm here and there, and the total cost of best quality (at the time) pads and paste was no more than 25 euros. Today changing pads on a graphics card is closer to 100 euro even without the paste.
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#9
lexluthermiester
claster17Igor already tested them:
DE
www.igorslab.de/waermeleit-pad-tests-auf-der-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3080-vier-referenz-pads-und-brachiale-temperaturstuerze-des-heissen-gddr6x-bis-auf-50/
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www.igorslab.de/en/thermal-pad-tests-on-the-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3080-four-reference-pads-and-brachial-temperature-rise-of-the-hot-gddr6x-to-50/
Those tests simply showed results. They did not show comparisons. Comparisons to competing products are expected. While they reviewed the product, they didn't really paint a good picture for a usage model.
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