package comprises of two bottles of different solutions
entitled “ArctiClean 1” and “ArctiClean
2” indicating the order in which to use the
claims that the ArctiClean 1 solution is more effective
than Acetone or Isopropyl Alcohol as it will completely
dissolve and emulsify thermal pads and transfer pastes,
instead of simply dampening and softening the thermal
2 solution is designed to remove and residue of the
ArctiClean 1 solution (or any other chemical cleaner
used) to prepare the surface for the application of
a new thermal transfer pad or paste.
Now we know
how the ArctiClean solutions work, it’s time
to put them to the test. I am removing the Zalman
transfer paste that was bundled with my heat sink
so that I can apply a layer of Arctic Silver 5 to
the ArctiClean Solutions
step is to remove the HSF assembly and the CPU from
the socket, taking care to protect the underside of
the CPU. My Pentium 4 had a plastic protector to keep
it safe in its box so I used that.
You can see
from the image that there is a considerable amount
of thermal paste on the CPU core. The instructions
on the ArctiClean 1 bottle state that the surface
should be “saturated” with a few drops
of the solution.
I used a cotton
bud to help spread the drops of solution across the
top of the core. After waiting for about 30-60 seconds
as specified, I used a cotton ball to remove the ArctiClean
1 solution and the thermal paste it had dissolved,
taking care not to leave any strands of cotton behind.
the ArctiClean 1 solution completely, I could see
visible residue left on the CPU core. Time for the
ArctiClean 2 solution. A few drops of the solution,
spread about bye a cotton bud and wiped off with a
cotton ball, again remembering not to leave any strands
behind and I had a nice clean, CPU core.
One thing I
should mention is that when cleaning the solutions
off, some may drip down to the underside of the CPU
core. This happened in my case, and I made sure to
remove it with a cotton ball. Being a solution containing
water and dissolved chemicals, it would most likely
be electrically conductive.
the process on the base of the heatsink as well, all
was ready for the application of a layer of Arctic
have created an excellent complete cleaning solution
in ArctiClean. The simple two-step process completely
removes thermal transfer materials and readies the
surface for the application of another.
At only AUD$9.90
(the price of a small tube of Artic Silver 5) for
2 30ml bottles, Arctic Silver ArctiClean is a very
hard product to pass by if you change heatsinks or
Allan "Zardon" Campbell