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Antec FORMULA 7 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound

  • FORMULA 7
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Push your PC to its limits without the threat of overheating with Antec’s Formula 7! Apply this thermal compound to your CPU’s surface and let it run.

  • newegg Isolates and Facilitates the Transfer of Heat Best when overclocking your CPU, Formula 7’s nano diamond particles minimize the distance between heat-conductive compounds in -50°C to 250°C temperatures.
  • newegg Easy to Spread With its light and stable composition, Formula 7 is easy to spread, but won’t crack or dry out.


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Antec
Model
FORMULA 7

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Specifications
Diamond particles measuring 0.0000015 cm rated at 8.3 w/mK.

Extended -50°C to 250°C stable temperature range ideal for performance cooling.

Lighter, easier to spread stable composition won't crack or dry out.

Quantity: 4 g

Specific gravity: 2.8 g/cm3

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2014 7:50:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsWhat is this? Why so cheap?

Pros: Cheap ... I bought it from Trade Me for 33% the RRP price. Can be reused and it should work like general thermal past for most dual core 3.2GHz Phemon CPU.

Cons: >> Impossible to spread using the spatula. I'm in NZ, winter time and room temp is 16C. I've think of squeezing it out into a tin foil, fold the tin foil up and heat it with a hair dryer first. But I didn't do that in the end.
>> I use a pair of razors - 3cm x 9mm razor and a second razor 7cm x 18mm. First apply a grain of it on top of the CPU. Need to press it hard enough to make it stick to the CPU, or else it'll stick back and peel off. If you know it's about to stick back and coming off you need to use the smaller razor to scrape it off the bigger razor. Then to chop, chop, chop at 0.25mm lines on top of the applied thermal paste (not fully covered up the CPU yet), need to tilt the razor at an 45 degree or more when chopping and do not chop all the way down into the CPU - chop and press lightly forward to make it spread at 1mm per chop. That's patch #1 for the first grain, when you're done - apply another grain to cover up another spot of the CPU that's has no thermal paste covered yet. Repeat it until the CPU is fully covered.

>> Only do this part if the heatsink is made of copper and has curved base due to heatpipes are installed inside it:
When it's fully covered up the CPU with a thickness of 2 plys of tin foils. now to pread it out even thinner by spreading it lightly over and over the top, making it into a single ply of tin foil.
Now at the centre of the CPU, applied a size of about 60 to 70% a grain of rice - on top of the already applied "tin foil" (thermal paste).

>> Only do this part if the heatsink is stock models from AMD (For Phenom 555 or 840):
When it's fully covered up the CPU with a thickness of 2 plys of tin foils. now to pread it out even thinner by spreading it lightly over and over the top, making it into a "pyramic" - with the center having a thickness of about 2 plys of tin foils and the 4 sides of ledges at 1 ply thickness.

>> Do not JUST use the dot/pea method, as 1 grain or 1.5 grain of uncooked rice's size is not the right size for an AM2 or AM3 CPU. I've tried it before and it only ended up to the size of a NZ $2 coin.

Test RESULT:
Phenom x2 555 with stock AMD heatsink:
ROOM temperature 19c
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idle:
CPU socket = 22 to 24c
CPU core (inside CPU) = 14 to 15c
motherboard = 19c
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Full load - torture test (after 30 minutes):
CPU socket = 41 to 42c
CPU core (inside CPU) = 32c
motherboard = 21c
Condition: thermal paste has been applied excessively and used in another PC's CPU before in torture testing for 1 hour. Then scraped off from the CPU and reused in this test.

Other Thoughts: Test RESULT:
Phenom x4 840 with a heatsink that is made of copper and has curved base due to heatpipes are installed inside it:
ROOM temperature 17c
Full load - torture test (after 30 minutes):
CPU socket = 67 to 68c? (not even sure if it's the CPU socket's reading)
CPU core (inside CPU) = 40 to 45c?
motherboard = 40c?
Condition: heatsink doesn't seem to installed properly in place, leaving a ply of tin foil thickness between the CPU and heatsink.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/3/2014 12:58:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLO.V3.d b_y J3.s_US

Pros: WOOHOO! Right?

Diamonds are best conductors that are
available to regular geeks and freaks.

This is the second time I buy this Antec Formula 7 thermal paste and I feel that I should finally put a note about it here and add my voice to the other reviewers praising it. Like I said, I've used up one tube already on 1 nVidia GTX 465 Golden Edition video card chip (couple times or so) and also I intalled shims on the back of it on the 10 memory modules on that video card, so.., that's 20 surfaces (10 shims with 2 sides). I also used it on another video card and cpu--nVidia Quadro FX 3600M (Dell Precision Workstation.) Both of them are working fine, cooling well, and, I can say that could overclock the GTX 465 further than before when I had old dried paste in it--running it on air at 850 MHz core 1700 MHz memory, on air, using MSA Afterburner.

Cons: Don't buy Forumal 6. Get this Formula 7.

Wait for a an e-mail discount from newegg, if you are not in a hurry, when they offer 25% or 30% discount on all thermal paste--typically happens every so often if you sign up for an e-mail service from them. Just look for the occasional useful discounts at the bottom of the e-mails slash web weekly deals. E-mails from newegg do have more discounts than web browsing alone.

No cons.

Other Thoughts: Formula 7 higher concentration of nano diamond particles and so it offers greater temperature range.

I, personally, did not have bad experience with viscosity of this paste. Last one I bought it was 'pasty' enough to smear but, I have to agree, it's not one of the slickest that are available out there but the pros outweigh this perceived minute of a problem.

I have used diamond thermal conduction material in industrial setting so I can testify that companies also use it (not necessarily this particular paste), not only inthusiasts and geeks out there. If you want to get and to use absolutely the best conductive material that is out there which is commercially available without getting into some extremely exotic and sky-high priced particles then this is it.

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  • Travis M.
  • 6/11/2014 10:45:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood TIM

Pros: Works really well
Lowered CPU temps a good bit
easy to spread
No 300 hour curing time

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I found this at B.B. and use it for my main system, and I'm really happy with it so far. I got a decrease in CPU temp by 5 Celsius after using it, instead of Arctic Silver 5, without that 300 hour curing time. It's a winner.

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  • ANA R.
  • 2/19/2014 7:14:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth it

Pros: Others said it was thick, it seemed easy to spread for me and it keeps my i7-4770k at a steady 27c.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Other Thoughts: nactua nh-u12p se2 with the z87 sabertooth and dual 16gb gskill trident 1866.

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  • Vittorio T.
  • 11/18/2013 9:52:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The Best I will Ever Use Enough Said!! But really Thick!!

Cons: None

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  • Samuel K.
  • 11/12/2013 5:35:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Thermal Paste!!

Pros: This an amazing thermal compound. I use it with my "Nuctua nh-d14" to cool my "i5-4670k. My idle temps run about 1C to 3C above ambient temperatures. I have yet to see a load temperature above 50C even after a 200Mhz overclock. (Ambient is 16C-18C. I like the cold).

Cons: This thermal compound is really thick. Unlike the other reviewers state this not mean that it "waste" thermal compound. I used the normal pea size I always use and was able to spread what I had. It took a while and I was extremely careful. Honestly. Just don't rush it. I've purchased several tubes of this and have learned it's easy to put a little bit on at a time and then spread it. Another reviewer suggested warming it by putting the tube in hot water. That works incredibly well too.

Other Thoughts: -You have to know what you're doing. If you don't know or aren't overly experienced with something don't get upset and post bad reviews when it doesn't work.

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  • troy s.
  • 10/22/2013 9:16:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: i've been using this in all my builds and never had an issue. idle temps with an A10 are at 27-31c.

Cons: spatula does not work for such a high grade compound. its too weak. now i see why they say not to use it

Other Thoughts: after reading a few reviews on here i nearly lost my jaw. soaking thermal compound in water reduces its structure makeing it less able to conduct heat, thermal compound is made to be a thick past because of the elements in it. liquefying it separates the elements making it more like soup (the heavier particles float). the best method that works with such things is to apply a small pea size and apply your heatsink to the cpu/gpu.

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  • Jeffrey R.
  • 10/8/2013 12:50:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than Arctic Silver 5

Pros: Really good thermal compound. Other reviewers claim its hard to use or needing to heat it but I found it simple to apply and have had good results.

Cons: Instructions should be given as some seem to be confused easily by thermal compounds and their application and its not entirely their fault.

Other Thoughts: After seeing so many complaints of it being too thick or not sticking to the heatsink, I contacted Antecs support and their response was to not use the spatula provided and instead use the pea method. Worth mentioning that while its not to thick to work with it is thick, you should use less than you would if it were Arctic Silver 5.

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  • Rolando B.
  • 7/1/2013 4:21:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWhat a Difference

Pros: I have an HP laptop that had really bad Thermal Compound, but then, I switched it out for the Antec 7, which gave me really good results the first day. I'm not sure if it needs curing, but the temps are low w/ out curing.

Cons: None really

Other Thoughts: To me, get this over Arctic Silver 5, and remember, NEVER spread the thermal paste around your CPU/GPU

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  • Lenny L.
  • 6/11/2013 11:02:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome TIM but quite thick

Pros: My FX-8350 Idles at temperatures of about 20-23 Celsius. (I have pretty low ambient temperatures so this won't guarantee the same temps I have) On standard use the cpu temps usually only go to about 30 max. While playing games it usually sits around 35-40 Celsius. Also noticed it has about little to no cure time which is quite nice!

Cons: This stuff is THICK. Could be a few bucks cheaper.

Other Thoughts: Like some of the reviewers I also recommend putting this in hot water for roughly 10-15 minutes before applying this paste. Definitely made it easier to spread when I put my hyper 212 evo on my cpu. (Only using 1 fan on my evo and having it blow air to the rear case fan since my ram heatsinks are too tall for a second fan) Overall I think this is some great TIM. I would recommend it. Was going to try Arctic Silver 5 but i hear it has a 200 hour cure time. Quite a long time but am sure it works well too.

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