NZXT launches high-performance, non-conductive thermal paste

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: PC accessory maker NZXT is getting into the thermal paste game. The company's high-performance thermal paste is made from a custom-engineered formula comprised of zinc oxide, aluminum and a liquid polymer, and is both non-electrically conductive and non-curing to prevent short circuiting. It's suitable for use on CPU and GPU cores, has a three-year shelf life, and is said to be easy to apply and clean up.

The paste carries a thermal conductivity rating of 6.3 W/mk (watts per square meter of the surface area), a viscosity rating of 35~220*10³ mPa.s and a specific gravity rating of 3.5 g/cc. A general rule of thumb is that the higher the thermal conductivity rating, the better the material will be at conducting heat.

Traditional, non-conductive pastes like NZXT's don't perform as well as more exotic TIMs like liquid metal but they are much easier to apply and won't kill hardware if it accidentally comes in contact with it.

NZXT was founded in 2004 by Johnny Hou. The company's first product, the Guardian chassis, featured a plastic front bezel that looked straight out of the Transformers franchise. NZXT helped pioneer the crafted case movement and has since expanded into several other product categories and even offers custom and pre-built PCs.

NZXT's high-performance thermal paste is priced at $9.99 for a 3g tube and $19.99 for a 15g tube. Both are available to purchase from today from NZXT's webstore.

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It'll need to be (edit: electrically) non-conductive given the amount they're splurging over that chip
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Love titles...
"NZXT launches high-performance, non-conductive"
"The paste carries a thermal conductivity"

so it IS or IS NOT, conductive?
I know there is in text "non-electrically conductive" - but that is quite a different statement comparing to the headline.

Avro Arrow

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Thermal paste is, for the most part, thermal paste. I have a big (30g) tube of HY-510 non-conductive thermal paste that cost me $6CAD with shipping and it passed its test with flying colours.

Its test: R9-3900X dodecacore CPU with a Wraith Spire air cooler. No thermal issues whatsoever during Passmark tests. I don't remember the exact temperature but it was smack in the middle of where it should be.

Now if you're a professional competitive overclocker (which nobody on techspot is), then you want Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. Otherwise, just use whatever purpose-made thermal paste you can get at the best price. I remember seeing a HUGE chart on Tom's showing temperatures of all the different brands/formulae of thermal paste and the difference between what could be called the best (Kryonaut) and what could be called the worst (can't rememeber) across ALL of them was a measly 5.2°C:

Kryonaut sells on newegg for $27CAD for 11.1g. I paid $6CAD for 30g. All I could do was laugh.

In times of emergency, you can always get toothpaste for $1. :laughing:
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