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Thermal compound or Thermal paste is playing an important role in cooling where it will ensure the heat of the CPU/GPU will be transfer to heatsink quickly to keep the CPU temperature low in order to get have a reliable and stable computer. Let us have a look on Gelid Solutions GC-1; it may be something that you are looking for.
GELID Solutions Ltd. is a Hong Kong based company with Swiss Management and founded in 2008 by Gebhard SCHERRER and VC TRAN. Both have worked in the PC Cooling industry for a number of years and successfully built up an IT company with their expertise. The English word "gelid" is derived from the Latin word “gelidus” (extremely cold, icy).
GELID designs and manufactures thermal solutions, CPU coolers, fans, and other computer hardware for both gamers and silent enthusiasts. Gelid Solution provide computer hardware distributors, retailers and system integrators with innovative, virtually silent, high- performance and top quality thermal solutions. Quality and innovation are key. And, being Swiss, Gelid leave nothing to chance. That's why Gelid Soliton provide a total solution – from bearings to thermal compound, from design to shipping, from the moulding of the fan to the print on the box – with state-of-the-art machines and experienced staff.
As their latest venture, GELID Solutions Ltd. is a privately owned limited liability company with a registered share capital of HKD 1’000’000. Strategically based in Hong Kong, “Asia’s World City”, it enjoys an unrivalled location at the geographical and economic centre of Asia. For our customers, this means easy and quick access to our vast manufacturing base in mainland China.
Optimal Heat Conductivity
Low Thermal Resistance
Application: Ideally suited for CPU/VGA/Chipset Cooler
Durability: Consistent performance over 10 years
Net Content (g):
5 (25% for FREE)
Specific Gravity (g/cm3):
Gelid Solutions GC-1 comes with standard packaging which sealed in a plastic bag. Some basic information of the Gelid Solutions GC-1 is stated on the packaging itself. However some of the technical information isn’t provided like thermal resistance, thermal conductance, average particle size, thermal limits and etc. However this information is only useful for those computer freaks whose have good electronic background as base on this information; it would give some brief idea about the performance and quality of this thermal compound.
Net content for this Gelid Solutions GC-1 is 5gram which contains extra 25%. For a basic user, this volume of thermal compound will last pretty long furthermore it comes with additional 25% which should be some special promotion since Gelid Solutions GC-1 still quite new in the market at this moment. Hopefully you can grasp one before it is too late.
One of the unique thing of Gelid Solutions GC-1 is it comes with an applicator which is a absolutely good idea to have it as normally user will rub the thermal compound with their finger or anything that they can grasp nearaby. Theoretically, spread the thermal compound evenly throughout the surface will help to maximize the cooling more efficiency.
Gelid Solutions GC1
Gelid Solutions GC-1 thermal compound is made of advanced silicone fluid and thermally conductive nano-filler particles where it will help the heat to be transfer quickly to heatsink from CPU. Some of the high end thermal compound that can be found in market are electrical conductive where it will cause short circuit if the thermal compound is accidentally drop or touch the PCB circuit. However Gelid Solutions GC-1 is a non conductive compound as it doesn’t contain any metal particles so users may not worry about the short circuit risk.
Gelid Solutions GC-1 comes with large green syringe where most of other brand will mostly have around 3.5gram and biggest tube I have seen is 12gram. Gelid Solutions claims that GC-1 will have consistent performance over approximately 10 years where the compound does not need to be reapplied nor is there any decrease in performance over time.
Unlike other thermal compound in the market, Gelid Solutions GC-1 doesn’t require any burn in time where it will perform as good as it is once users have applied them. Most of the thermal compound needs 25hours to 200hours burn in time in order to achieve the best performance.
Testing & Performance
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8300 @ 2.83GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3
Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P
Memory: Patriot Viper PC8500 5-5-5-15
Hard Drive: 250GB 7200RPM 8MB Seagate
Graphic Card: OEM Nvidia GeForce 9800GT 512MB
PSU: In Win Commander 750W
Router: TRENDnet TEW-639GR
Optical Drive: DVD RW HLDS
Monitor: Dell 22" Wide Screen LCD
Speaker: Edifier R501
Mouse: SteelSeries Ikari Laser
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK+
HeadSet: SteelSeries 3H
Operating System: Microsoft XP Pro SP2
Ambient Temperature: 27 Degree Celsius
During application of the Gelid Solutions GC-1 with the applicator on our system, we found that it was difficult due to limited working space where the applicator gets blocked by some of the system components. However most of the ATX or Large ATX casing should not have this issue as our system is uSFF (ultra small form factor).
To be fair, all these three thermal compounds were burn in for same amount of time. During Idle load, all the three thermal compound perform same exactly same maybe due to low ambient temperature, however when the system went to full load, there is quite performance gap between stock thermal compound with Gelid Solutions GC-1 and Artic Silver 5. We were impressed with the Gelid Solutions GC-1 performance where it performs as good as Artic Silver 5 which is one of the most favorite thermal compound in the market quite some time ago.
** The test result may vary with different setup as it might be limited by the heatsink, fan or ambient temperature as well.
For those users with limited budget but still intend to achieve better cooling for their system no matter it is for processor or graphic card, thermal compound is very important. With Gelid Solutions GC-1, it can lower down the CPU temperature with around 4 Degree Celsius easily during our testing. When comes with comparing with other thermal compound, Gelid Solutions GC-1 is performance as good as the famous thermal compoung where previously most of the users have very limited choices when comes with thermal compound and with Gelid Solutions GC-1, now user can another great choice. We are highly recommended this product to you to get a cooler system without spending much.
* Good Performance
* Comes with applicator
* Value & with extra 25% volume
* Non Conductive
* Easy for cleaning
Thanks to Gelid Solutions for providing this sample for us to review.
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|Charlie Chan (Guest)||5.0 / 5||Tue 2 Sep 08|
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