Tuniq TX3 Thermal Compound

Tuniq TX3Not only is a good cooler needed to keep your processor’s cooling under control. A good thermal compound is ideal in order to drop temps to a desirable level. For the longest time Arctic Silver has been the go-to compound of many no matter if you are a enthusiast or a first time PC builder. But over the past few years we have seen other companies produce grease that clearly outperformed every bodies favorite. We seen this from Tuniq in the form of TX-2, Noctua NT-H1 and many others. Tuniq is at it again with a new thermal grease called TX3 that is suppose to out due the previous TX-2 by more than two degrees according to Tuniq. We will have to see if these claims are true ourselves. Read on.

Tuniq TX3Not only is a good cooler needed to keep your processor’s cooling under control. A good thermal compound is ideal in order to drop temps to a desirable level. For the longest time Arctic Silver has been the go-to compound of many no matter if you are a enthusiast or a first time PC builder. But over the past few years we have seen other companies produce grease that clearly outperformed every bodies favorite. We seen this from Tuniq in the form of TX-2, Noctua NT-H1 and many others. Tuniq is at it again with a new thermal grease called TX3 that is suppose to out due the previous TX-2 by more than two degrees according to Tuniq. We will have to see if these claims are true ourselves. Read on.

 

Introduction of the Tuniq TX3

Not only is a good cooler needed to keep your processor’s cooling under control. A good thermal compound is ideal in order to drop temps to a desirable level. For the longest time Arctic Silver has been the go-to compound of many no matter if you are a enthusiast or a first time PC builder. But over the past few years we have seen other companies produce grease that clearly outperformed every bodies favorite. We seen this from Tuniq in the form of TX-2, Noctua NT-H1 and many others. Tuniq is at it again with a new thermal grease called TX3 that is suppose to out due the previous TX-2 by more than two degrees according to Tuniq. We will have to see if these claims are true ourselves. Read on.

What Tuniq has to say about the TX-3

TX-3 is the highest performing thermal compound in the industry, bar-none!   Both non-toxic and non-conductive, the ultra small molecular structure of TX-3 enables the thinnest possible layer of thermal compound application while filling all the gaps between the cooler and the CPU for extreme thermal conductivity.

If you are looking for the ultimate thermal compound, look no further, the TX-3 is the only choice for you, don’t take our words for it, try it and find out for your self!

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)

Closer look

The TX3 comes in a slim 3 gram tube that should be enough to do about 20-30 application at a minimum depending on how you apply the grease to your CPU. On Tuniq they demonstrate the popular way to apply their thermal compounds which is lay two rows of grease and spread evenly with a credit card or something similar.

The grease on the inside of the tubing is grey in color and is non-conductive so it can be used in many different environments beside a CPU with out the fear of electrical damage to any surrounding components. The compound itself is thicker than that I am use to. Looking at the TX3 side by with the Arctic Silver you can see just what I am talking about.

l. TX3 m. GC-1 r. Arctic Silver 5


 

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: Asrock X58 SuperComputer
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.6 @ 1.4v
Ram: Patriot DDR3 PC12800 6GB Tri-Channel
Video Card: Sapphire HD3870 Toxic
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT
Case: NA
Cooling: Coolermaster 212 Plus
OS: Windows XP SP3
Thermal compound: Tuniq TX

Competition:
Arctic Silver 5
Gelid GC-1

Testing of the TX-3

We tested the TX3 basically the same way we do CPU coolers . We allow the system to sit idle for one hour and measure the temperature at that point. Then we load OCCT and ran a 30 minute bench session with priority set at high. Then we recorded the temps at the end. We recorded each core for more detail of performance.

Results

Tuniq TX3
Idle temps

Tuniq TX3
Load temps

The TX3 is one of the best thermal compound we ever tested. It shows in the graphic above. It outperformed the Silver 5 by 2 to 4 degrees on the different cores of the Core i7. And break even or slightly out did the Gelid GC-1 that we are big fans of.

Conclusion

You can’t go wrong upgrading thermal compound from the stock stuff that comes with your CPU or aftermarket cooler. But you can do better if you opt for the Tuniq TX3. It clearly outperformed the industry most beloved Arctic Silver which is not a slouch at all. And it did out do one of my favorites in the Gelid GC-1. We know there are plenty of thermal compounds out there to pick from and the decision can be hard to make. Especially when the temperature difference is only about 2 to 4 degrees. But if you want to get all that you can from an overclocked processor the cooler it runs the extra amount of megahertz you can get from it. And the TX3 can help you with that.

highly recommended


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