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GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound

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GELID Solutions


Ultimate Heat Conductivity
Non-Electrical Conductive
Non-Corrosive & Non-Curring
No Bleeding & User Friendly
GELID Applicator
Net Content of 3.5g
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  • Frank F.
  • 8/24/2015 7:22:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat compound!

Pros: Phenomenal cooling properties. Brought my ThinkPad T420 down anywhere between 7-15 degrees Celsius, depending on workload and/or if it's in the dock, driving my external displays. With the Lenovo factory paste and application (both mediocre at best...), I was routinely in the mid 90s during workloads, approaching the shut-down temp of 100(!). Now it barely gets over 85, even under full load, driving 3 external displays in the dock, and usually is in the low 40s at idle, both in the dock and out, as opposed to high 50s before. Probably a combination of how good this compound is, and how mediocre Lenovo's compound+application were. Nonetheless, insane difference.

My only other paste to compare to would be Arctic Silver 5, the gold standard according to many, and I would say GC-Extreme edges it out... I don't know what exactly Gelid is throwing into their compound, but whatever it is... it works!

Cons: Perhaps a con, perhaps not, depending on your preference, but out-of-the-box the compound was a bit too congealed, as opposed to the AS 5 I last used, which was nice and liquidy, ie. easier to spread. This was an easy fix though: a couple minutes under under a lightbulb, and it spread like warm peanut butter! =)

Other Thoughts: The only real unknown is of course longevity, but if early indicators are anything to go buy, it should last as long as AS 5, if not longer.

Very happy with this stuff.

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  • Joshua M.
  • 8/23/2015 10:49:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent but Pricey

Pros: Improved temps by about 4 degrees C across all 4 cores of my i5-4690k compared to AS-5 using an H100i.

Improved my GTX970 Strix core temps about 5 degrees compared to factory thermal compound.

All in all, I would recommend this thermal compound highly to those wanting to get the last bit of performance out of overclocking. The temperature difference compared to AS-5 is rather small but it was enough to let me get another 100Mhz out of my CPU at reasonable temps. At stock clocks, probably not worth the extra money compared to AS-5.

Cons: Rather expensive for the amount of compound you get.

Other Thoughts: Very thick compound, as other reviews mention, warm it up before using it. I put the syringe in a plastic bag and ran hot water over the bag for about 10 minutes. This made application very easy.

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  • David T.
  • 8/20/2015 2:06:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDifficult to apply

Pros: - minor improved thermal performance compared to stock pre-applied TIM

Cons: - difficult to apply (high viscosity) using smooth spread method with the included applicator even after warming up to 40 degrees C
- included applicator is flimsy and bends during application use

Other Thoughts: i7-5820K with 4.5 GHz OC @ 1.28175V
Corsair H110i GT with default fan profile
Stress tested using Aida 64 Extreme

The paste is difficult to apply using the smooth spread method. The paste does not spread well manually even after warming up the compound to 40 degrees C as per Tom's Hardware's recommendation.

In the end, I switched to the "X" application method as per Puget Systems. Thermal result is 2 degrees lower than stock TIM on max temperatures of the hottest core over a 12 hour Aida64 stability test (disclaimer: not tested in a controlled environment with consistent ambient temperature).

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  • Richard S.
  • 8/6/2015 1:37:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTop Quality

Pros: I have used the entire line of Artic paste series, a few of types that clalimed to be the best, among all of them the research I did on paste recently led me to try GELID Solutions GC-Extreme. Hands down, this is the best thermal paste on the consumer market, to find anything better, you'd have ot breakin to the Intel Labs and nab some of there best paste (can you imgaine the stuff they got in that place?!) Anyway's.. I digress... Here is what I know from my own experiences, I spent a dozen builds running on that Artic line.. cause everyone else send it rock'd.. And it was good product no doubt, I pulled really good numbers OC'n on Artive Silver #5 I think it was called... But that whole time, there was something better out there.. it was this stuff GELID Solutions GC Extreme.

Cons: No cons, outside of the fact I could have received it for free...

Other Thoughts: If your looking to shave a few more C's off your tempature, give Gelid's a try, it worked the best for me.

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  • Laurel S.
  • 7/27/2015 1:44:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest paste i've ever used

Pros: This paste is the best I've ever used. Preforms better than artic silver 5 by a few degrees.

Easy to apply.

Cons: Wasn't pre-applied on my cooler.

Other Thoughts: Hey this stuff is the best out there for the buck. Buy it and replace that stock stuff.

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  • David M.
  • 7/25/2015 11:01:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsno big deal

Pros: came quick

Cons: made no difference in temp. Not living up to expectations used with FX9590

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  • Charlie C.
  • 7/23/2015 12:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: See Thoughts for CPU and GPU...

I can already tell that this TIM will be my new favorite to use. I'm using this on CPU and GPU processors.

CPU max temp has been knocked down by 5c. I've already did a CPU burner along with Intel Burn Test for 8 hours, it's max temp reached was 54c the last 2 hours of test.

Ran EVGA OC Scanner to push my cards temp to its limits for another 8.
Highest temp reached was 76c @ 48% Fan Speed on a built in custom bios fan profile.

The old TIM I have used was Artic Silver 5.
Benchmark temps on the CPU was 62c and that was the last 4 hours in an 8 hour test.

GPU Stress on EVGA's OC Scanner had 81c @ 48% Fan Speed, Same setup, no changes.

Cons: The GC Extreme IDLE temps rose by 13c in CPU and 7c in GPU. But it drastically dropped LOAD temps by 8c CPU and 7c GPU.

Artic 5 idle for CPU was at 18c, while the GC Extreme Idles at 31c, I'm using a CM Seidon 240L Enclosed Water Cooling kit for the CPU. I'm not worried about idle temps as long as they don't go beyond 40c idle and 60c load

Artic 5 idle for GPU was 32c at 0% Fan speed, GC Extreme idle temp hovers below and over 40c.

Other Thoughts: CPU is an AMD FX-8320 @ 4.0GHz | 1.243v Extreme LLC | GA-990FX UD3 | 24/7 setup

GPU is a Asus GeForce GTX 970 Strix OC Edition | 1.212v | 1468 Core Clock | 3954 Memory ( 7908 Effective ).

My custom Bios has my fan profile set for
{ 60c 0% / 67c 48% / 91c 100% }

Benchmarking shows higher then usual LOAD temps so I'm convinced that normal gaming load will have CPU temps hovering 40c and GPU temps hovering 65c. That's a killer ~13c CPU temp drop and 8c GPU temp drop on my usual Artic 5 TIM setup.

Now I can overclock my CPU by an extra 10 to 15 percent. It's too bad my GPU can't go further than it is because its ASIC quality is low and voltage is locked to 1.212v without board modifications. But lower temps means longer lasting hardware in the long run. I am fine with that.

People will say that the price is just a little too much for 3.5 grams. But its well worth it if they want LOAD temps dropped by a good 10c. The Artic 5 @ 5 grams I bought for 10.99 vs GC Extreme @ 3.5 grams for 12.99. Using the X method for CPU and Pea-Size for GPU. My Artic 5 hasn't ran out ( Had it for 3 Yrs ) when replacing TIMs every 6 months. Looks like it has at least 2 grams left. I'm thinking the GC Extreme will last me the next 3.5 Yrs before buying another tube and I say that it IS well worth it.

I feel sorry for those 1-3 egg reviewers, either they're applying the paste incorrectly or just haven't correctly burned in the paste for the job its suppose to do.

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  • Ivan V.
  • 7/8/2015 9:29:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest TC yet

Pros: I've used a lot of your common ones, and I can tell you that nothing I have used works as well as this stuff. It's all I put in PC builds now because it keeps the temperatures lower than the competitors products.

Cons: It isn't the easiest to spread it, but some others have said they put theirs in double bags and put in warm water which makes it easier, but I personally don't do that.

Other Thoughts: The little applicator that comes with it works well, but what I did was get the plastic putty knife which made it a lot easier to spread evenly.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/18/2015 8:15:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnew favorite paste

Pros: bought it for my i7 4790k and 970's and dropped their temps by 2-4 degrees

Cons: takes time to settle down

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  • Rick I.
  • 6/3/2015 1:07:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNew Favorite TIMP

Pros: + dropped my CPU 3C.
+ Mind blown.

Cons: + needs to be warmed up before using. Not really a con, unless you don't warm it up first. I put it in two ziplock baggies and then dropped it in hot water for about 5 minutes. Easy peasy.

Other Thoughts: I used the thermal paste that came with my Swifttech h240-x, and was getting about 75c, switched to the GELID GC-extreme, and it has never hit over 72, and usually hovers around 70. Really good stuff... blew my mind that it was 3c cooler just by changing the paste. (Make sure you heat it up first before using, as it's pretty solid stuff..)

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