by David, 17 August 2003
you just bought a nice new CPU for your system-to-be. High performance
CPUs of today generate a ton of heat, figuratively speaking. The
more heat there is, the more likely your CPU is to not function
at its intended speed, whether the speed the manufacturer intended
it to run, or the speed the user intends the processor to run at.
Thus, a shiny new heatsink is purchased along with that CPU. In
addition, the computer enthusiast of today will almost certainly
get some quality thermal paste to go along with the heatsink.
choice of thermal paste in the market is rather wide. There is the
usual plain white goop, copper-based pastes, silver based pastes,
and many more, costing a wide variety of prices.
take a look at a relatively new entry into the thermal paste market
from Arctic Silver Inc; Ceramique.
some quick information about the compound.
high-density, ceramic-based thermal compound specifically
designed for modern high-power CPUs and high-performance
heatsinks or water-cooling solutions.
Made with micronized aluminum oxide, boron nitride and zinc
uses a high-density layered composite of five unique shapes
of thermally conductive aluminum oxide, boron nitride and
zinc oxide sub-micron particles to maximize particle-to-particle
contact area and thermal transfer.
exclusive combination provides performance exceeding most
metal based compounds.
particle size: 0.38 microns <0.000015 inch (
67 particles lined up in a row equal 1/1000th of an inch.
triple phase viscosity.
does not contain any silicone.
suspension fluid is a proprietary mixture of advanced
polysynthetic oils that provide superior performance and
the system's initial use, the heat from the CPU lowers
the viscosity of the compound to enhance the filling of
the microscopic valleys and ensure a minimum bond line
between the heatsink and the CPU core. Then the compound
thickens slightly over the next 100 to 300 hours of use
to its final consistency designed for long-term stability.
should not be confused with conventional phase change
pads that are pre-attached to many heatsinks. Those pads
melt each time they get hot then re-solidify when they
cool. The viscosity changes that Ceramique goes through
are much more subtle and ultimately much more effective.)
Stability - Ceramique is engineered to not separate,
run, migrate, or bleed.
Insulator - Ceramique does not contain any metal
or other electrically conductive materials. It is a pure electrical
insulator, neither electrically conductive nor capacitive.
Temperature Limits - Peak: – 40°C to >180°C,
– 40°C to 140°C
Leading Performance - 2 to 10 degrees centigrade
lower CPU full load core temperatures than standard thermal
compounds or thermal pads. When measured with a calibrated
thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.
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