Nanotherm - Beat the Heat

Cooling/Thermal Compounds by KeithSuppe @ 2003-09-06

HEAT = DEATH. The number one cause of performance degradation and product failure is poor heat dissipation. ESG Assoc. or Nanotherm has but one goal, to engineer the most effective thermal transfer products available.

In this review we will show you the difference between Artic Silver 3, Artic Alumina, Nanotherm Blue, Nanotherm Silver XTC, and finally Nanotherm PCM+.

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Due to its "encapsulate" or paraffin element, it's not recommended for colder temps, such as those found in Prometeia systems (although I doubt it'll be long before they overcome that obstacle). In fact when removing a processor treated with PCM+ one should have just powered down the system, so the material is still malleable. Another added benefit, is the amount required.

Only a few drops (literally two or three) will adequately cover a P4 IHS. One drop for an Athlon core. Nanotherm suggests applying PCM+ to both the core, and heat sink. I've had great success with this product, and will continue to use it. Stay tuned for my article which will compare Nanotherm to several of the top contenders in the field. You'll clearly see how a lapse in R&D quickly establishes a new leader; Nanotherm is now in that position.

I foresee a trend emerging; in fact not to replicate Nanotherm's success would be foolhardy. If it's patented, then Nanotherm will remain the coolest, in many ways. Below are screen shots of Winbond's Dr-Hardware, one of the more accurate thermistor/diode reading programs. Using Nanotherm's PCM+, on a P4 2.4C @ 3.6GHz, the temps were simply astounding:

Madshrimps (c)

In the chart below you'll see the differences using AS3, Artic Alumina, Nanotherm Blue, Nanotherm Silver XTC, and finally Nanotherm PCM+.

  • Idle temperature was my 2.4C at 2.4GHz (1.525Vcore)
  • Load temperature was my 2.4C @ 3.0GHz (1.550Vcore)

    All tests were done over the last 3 days between 1:00AM and 3:00AM, with AC on, and the room is at its coolest. The outside temps over these 3 evenings was a constant 65F

    Madshrimps (c)

    We would like to thank Nanotherm for providing us with some test-samples.


    Any comments and/or questions? This way please

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