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GELID GC1 Thermal Compound


by Nathan Marks - 15th October 2008
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Introduction


Modern processors produce a lot of heat and it requires large heatsinks with fans to keep everything running to specification. Thermal paste is one of the most critical components for keeping your processor cool, especially for those of us who overclock. The surfaces of processors and heatsink bases may appear to be completely flat to the naked eye but on a microscopic level there are many imperfections. These imperfections create air pockets between the cooler and the CPU which can have a great effect on thermal performance. This reduces the size of the contact area and air is a poor heat conductor.

Thermal paste is used to fill these voids and due to the low cost there is no excuse for not using high quality thermal compound if you run any sort of intensive applications or plan on overclocking your processor. Today we’re going to look at a product from Gelid Solutions, their GC1, a high performance thermal compound. Gelid are a new company and provide a range of cooling products for the enthusiast.

Manufacturer's Specifications

Net Content: 5g
Specific Gravity: 3.96g/cm3
Viscosity (Poise): 2850

Packaging & Contents


The Gelid GC1 thermal compound comes in plastic sealed packaging, with a piece of card providing the artwork and information.

Looking at the front of the packaging you can see the tube of thermal compound and the provided applicator, a neat little addition to the product. The tube itself contains 5g of compound and should last you for quite a while.

The tube itself makes use of the typical syringe construction for easy use. The inclusion of the applicator was a fantastic idea and it’s this kind of accessory that helps make a product really appealing as a package. It’s easy to tell that Gelid are really thinking about the customer here and not trying to just rush out their product.

Beside the tube there is a list of various properties and a selection of awards the product has received.


On the back of the packaging, Gelid have provided the specifications of the compound and a graph comparing its performance to that of the most well known and widely used compound on the market, Arctic Silver 5. In addition, there is a selection of comments from various reviews.

There isn’t a lot you can do with packaging for such a small product, but Gelid have got their presentation right on the mark and the GC1 thermal compound is an appealing product.
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