The 10 Best Thermal Pastes

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We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. The bond between a heat sink and processor is the first line of defense against the number one enemy of high-powered computers -- heat. Thermal pastes are specially formulated compounds designed to fill in the microscopic imperfections on metal faces and maximize surface area, keeping CPUs and graphics cards at safe operating temperatures. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best thermal paste on Amazon.

10. IC Diamond 24 Carat

9. Arctic Pad

8. Prolimatech PK-3

7. Coollaboratory MetalPad

6. Noctua NT-H1

5. Liquid Pro

4. Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut

3. Mastergel Maker Nano

2. Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut

1. Arctic MX-2


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Last updated on May 19, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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