The thermal paste market is highly competitive with almost every computer component manufacturer having its own special paste. Each compound will have unique properties that decide how well it performs: burn-in time and conductivity to name but a few. In more recent times, manufacturers have moved away from using metallic particles and started to use ceramic nano-particles so as to make electrically non-conductive compounds that don’t damage components if accidently spilled on them.
Today, we look at the Coolink Chillaramic and from the name we can immediately tell this is a ceramic compound (-ramic). Let’s check it out…
Company Information – Coolink
“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’s retail brand Coolink stands for an effective conjunction of no-frills performance, excellent quality and attractive pricing. While Coolink held a strong presence in the Asian market ever since the late 90ies, it was not until 2005 that the brand was introduced to the European market on a large scale. After the launch of Coolink-Europe.com in late 2005, Coolink quickly became a well recognized brand for high-quality cooling components in Europe too.”
- 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
|Volume||10g (for more than 30 applications)|
|Recommended Operating Temperature||-35°C to +85°C|
|Peak Operating Temperature||-45°C to +105°C|
Contents & Packaging
The Coolink Chillaramic arrives packaged in a colourful, eye-catching box which makes a change from the usual vacuum packed tubes of thermal paste. There is a small window on the front which gives sight of the product and around it is an interesting white pattern. Finally, in a bright purple bubble is the word Chillaramic.
The back is a little more regulation as it lists the specifications and features of the compound.
The tube is held inside another piece of inside packaging to stop it moving about and to ensure that you can see it through the window.
For the Coolink Chillaramic there isn’t an included spreader which for me personally isn’t an issue as I prefer to spread to paste with the CPU Cooler but for those enthusiasts who like to spread their paste before installing the cooler, an applicator would be a welcome accessory.
The Product – Coolink Chillaramic
The tube itself is quite large is comparison to many of its competitors and is decorated in a similar pattern to the packaging as well as displaying a few warnings (i.e. avoid skin and eye contact).
Contained inside is 10g of the compound which is a large amount as the convention sees approximately 5g per tube so you will get more applications (Coolink estimates about 30 depending on how much you use obviously).
The paste is white and has a very smooth consistency that makes it incredibly easy to spread and also, for the messier people amongst us, clean up.
Looking at a few of the specs, the paste is electrically non-conductive so it won’t be a problem if you accidentally spill a little on your motherboard. Moreover, there is no burn-in time so you don’t have to wait for the compound to reach optimum performance.
The Test Setup:
|Processor||Intel C2D E5550 Dual Core 2.33GHz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H|
|Graphics Card||XFX 8600GT|
|Memory||Corsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)|
|Hard Drive||Hitachi HDT7250 (250GB)|
|Power Supply||Tuniq Potency 650W|
|OS||Windows XP Pro 32bit|
To apply the paste all you need to do is place a small blob (3-4mm) on the centre of the CPU, then place the heatsink back on top and move it gently from side to side spreading the paste – then attach the cooler. Alternatively, you can spread the paste on the CPU using a spreader (not provided).
The way in which testing is carried out on thermal compounds here at Verdis Reviews is very similar to cooler testing; we take an average temperature reading of the CPU under both idle and load states.
Each sample is given a three day burn-in even if it is not required to ensure all tests conducted are on an even playing field. The cooler employed for all testing will be the Stock Intel Cooler (copper base version).
For idle testing, the test setup is left resting for half an hour and then a reading is taken every ten seconds for a minute. Then, the average readings are recorded.
For load testing, two processes of CPU Burn-In are used loading the processor to 100%. Readings are taken in the same way as idle testing after a further 30 minutes from loading the cores.
The ambient temperature was 18 degrees Celsius and for comparison purposes we will be comparing the Chillaramic paste to a number of competitors.
From the results you can see that although the Coolink Chillaramic does not provide quite as good performance as the Gelid GC1 and Noctua NT-H1 compounds, it’s not far behind. In fact its only 0.3 off the best competitor at load and 0.5 at idle – not a great distance at all really.
The Chillaramic paste does beat the OCZ Freeze, though, which is a tough rival and this highlights the impressive nature of the product. As you can see all of the results for the thermal paste testing are pretty close together with only about one degree of range from the best to the worst. That said the Coolink Chillaramic comes in about mid-range; not bad at all when you consider some of the brand names it was tested against.
The compound has an MSRP of €6.90 which equates to approximately £6.50 with a Euro being worth roughly £0.93 in today’s economic climate. This seems little quite a lot to pay for a tube of paste but when you look at it, this tube provides 30 applications worth which is double most other products. So price per application is much lower.
The Coolink Chillaramic is a solid performing thermal compound that can be used for a number of different applications: CPUs, graphics cards and chipsets. The paste was not the best performing but not far off and when you look at the price per application it comes out much lower than some of the competitors.
Overall, it’s a very sound product that is highly recommended.
- Large tube = good price per application
- No Burn-in time
- Electrically non-conductive
- Easy to use
- Solid performance
- Slightly lower performance than some competitors
Thanks go to Coolink for providing the Thermal Compound for review.