|CPU:||Intel E8500 Core2 Duo|
|Clock speed:||9.5 x 400 MHz = 3.8 GHz, Memory at DDR2-800|
|Motherboard:||ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi AP|
|Memory:||2 x 2GB G.Skill Pi PC8000|
|Video Card:||HIS HD 4850 512mb PCI-e|
|Harddisk:||2 x 320 GB Western Digital SE16 7200 Raid 0|
|Power Supply:||CoolerMaster eXtreme 550W|
|Case:||Generic Midi ATX Case (No case fans)||Software:||Windows XP SP3, Catalyst 8.11|
Each test was run a total of five times and the average was taken. The grease was re-applied before each run and the room was temperature controlled to 26 degrees Celsius.
Load refers to the CPU running two threads of Prime95's "In-place large FFTs" stress test for 30 minutes.
Temperatures have been taken via RealTemp. RealTemp takes the TjMax value of the CPU into account, providing very accurate results. Read all about it here.
Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme thermal compound out-does all of its competition. It performs better than its brother, the GC-2 thermal compound as well as Arctic Cooling’s MX-2 thermal compound. While this graph shows the GC-Extreme beating other compounds by over three degrees, and beating stock compound by 18 degrees, it must be noted that the test bed that was used was extreme; a 26 degree ambient room temperature with an overclocked CPU and only on a stock cooler. In a real world test, the differences will not be this large, yet it does show that the GC-Extreme thermal compound does outperform other compounds.