Results and conclusion
The second round will be especially interesting for people who want to find the best solution for a standard use. The winner is a big surprise. Gelid, Noctua, Phobya, Reeven, SilentiumPC, Thermal Grizzly or Zalman? We can give away that it is not an expected favourite this time. We enjoyed a nice competition in the middle category, where it takes a lot to keep making a difference. We also tested OEM paste from Scythe as a bonus.
Results and conclusion
The victory of Phobya HeGrease Extreme is a small miracle for several reasons. Its specifications do not predict it at all. Paradoxically, NanoGrease Extreme should be better, but it is not. And finally, HeGrease Extreme kind of pretends to be a rebrand of Gelid GC-Extreme which has also worse results. The lowest temperatures in the test were confirmed by testing of the second HeGrease Extreme sample.
The Kryonaut from Thermal Grizzly achieved the same temperatures, but the double price does not speak up for it. Compounds from this company are generally more expensive (Aeronaut and Hydronaut included), but they all maintain the excellent standard. The added value is not only a threaded cap with a sealing, but also a unique applicator attached to the neck of the syringe.
Noctua NT-H1 has also ended up very well. We would not buy it separately because of its price, but if you already got it together with the cooler, it does not deserve to be replaced. We emphasize this especially because such practice is not that unique. The same can be said about more expensive Scythe coolers too. Although the paste is not sold separately, it has excellent results.
This doesn’t apply to Zalman ZM-STG2 and Alphacool HeGrease Standard which does not share the benefits of its sibling. It is not a bad paste, but there are better candidates among cheaper compounds. For example, SilentiumPC Pactum PT-1. It has the same effectiveness as the MX-2, but the legendary model from Arctic still remains preferable for its price. And that is why it has earned our award for the best cost/effectiveness product, along with Phobya HeGrease which is the absolute winner with a really acceptable price.
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