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After review on Coolink Lapchilla, today we will continue another review on Coolink product; Chillaramic. Coolink Chillaramic is a high thermal conductivity ceramic nano-particles thermal compound and this is the biggest tube of thermal compound that we have ever seen; 10g and it can be used at least for more than 30 applications; ideal for those computer freaks and it is only cost about 9USD.
Coolink is a brand of the Kolink International Corporation and stands for an effective conjunction of no-frills performance, excellent quality and attractive pricing. Coolink - the direct link to affordable high-end cooling!
Kolink International Corporation is a cooling specialist established in 1996 and well known among industry insiders. Throughout the years, Kolink designed and manufactured many top-performing heat-sinks under various brand names that succeeded in international markets. An experienced R&D team and ultra-modern production plants in Taiwan ensure continuous progress, efficient manufacturing conditions and strict quality standards.
• Ceramic nano-particles for high thermal conductivity
• Not electrically conductive
• No longer burn-in time
• Easy to apply, easy to clean off
• Suitable for compressor cooling
• Big 10g tube for more than 30 applications
Package & Contents
Unlike other thermal compounds, Coolink Chillaramic is not using standard sealed packaging box but an eye catching rectangular cardboard packaging box with a small window. No harm to have either one of these packaging, just depend on your reference but a sealed sticker should be added for better security although thermal compound is not an expensive item.
Features of Coolink Chillaramic are written at the back of the packaging box which can be used as references for potential customers. Thermal compound is a simple product so no special accessories are bundled and this is same for Coolink Chillaramic but in future maybe an applicator can be added for spreading the thermal compound evenly.
A Closer Look - Coolink Chillaramic
Thermal compound/paste/grease is playing an important role in thermal cooling as it helps to transfer the heat from one surface (chipset) to another surface (heatsink). Hence don't just only focus on the cooler as thermal compound might be the gating item for achieving better result. As we mentioned above basically Coolink Chillaramic is a ceramic nano-particles thermal compound which is not only high thermal conductivity but also not electrical conductivity where such conductive thermal compound may induces short circuit if it is accidentally touched on other printed circuit.
The syringe of Coolink Chillaramic is protected with the solid plastic cap for stopping the thermal compound from squeezing out from the tube accidentally. The thermal compound of Coolink Chillaramic is neither too sticky nor too liquid and the advantage of such thermal compound is easier to apply and clean off. Besides that another great feature of Coolink Chillaramic is no burn in time is required so 24/48 hours burn in period can be minimized.
Here is the comparison between Coolink Chillaramic and one of the famous thermal compounds. As you can see, Coolink Chillaramic is much bigger tube compare with its competitor where Coolink Chillaramic contains 10g thermal compound which can be used at least for 30 applications while most of other thermal compounds only come with 2.5g or 5g. This is another major selling point of Coolink Chillaramic as for those always need to change their coolers for testing like what we are doing all the time then Coolink Chillaramic is really worth for it.
Installation, Testing & Performance
Thermal compound application if not a problem at all where users just need to clean off the old thermal compound on the processor and heatsink before apply the new thermal compound. If the CPU cooler installation is not too hard then the whole process should only take around 10 to 15 minutes.
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
For better accurate testing results, all the thermal compounds were burn in for same amount of time; 24 hours. During idle and full load, it is clear that Coolink Chillaramic is not the best thermal compound but it scores quite well too with just 1-2° lagging behind only. The result of Coolink Chillaramic is considered quite excellent because Chillaramic is a non conductive thermal compound so it has some disadvantages over those conductive thermal compounds which should able to perform better in most of the scenarios, however Coolink Chillaramic still able to achieve such good results.
**The test result may vary with different setup as it might be limited by the heatsink, fan or ambient temperature as well.
Coolink Chillaramic is first ever attempt thermal compound but it still performs as good as other legend thermal compounds which may exist since the pass few years ago. After today we believe you will have another choice when selecting a thermal compound but Coolink still needs to work harder for their product availability because it is still hard to find it in the market. Coolink Chillaramic is not only good in term of performance but also best bang of buck as its MRSP is just around 9USD for 10g of thermal compound; if you able to find any such large tube of good thermal compound with such great price, do let us know.
+ Decent performance
+ Super Value with 10g
+ No burn in time is required
+ Easy to spread & remove
Thanks to Coolink for providing this sample for us to review.
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