So we’ve looked at pressure drop, how the block performs with MX-2 and Indigo Xtreme….what’s left? Well, a lot. Now it’s time to look at stock TIM performance and performance with AT Silver Grease. Performance with ATSG will give us mounting variation and TIM dependence.
(*) TIM likely has a cure that might induce error in these results and will also likely have these results overestimating final performance.
Well, as good as the Apogee XT rev2 is, Arctic Silver Ceramique isn’t. There may be some improvement over time as Ceramique cures more, but the improvement won’t be drastic with blocks that make good contact (which the Apogee XTs do). With Ceramique 2 released and the original Ceramique, presumably, being discontinued, it will be interesting to see what Swiftech does in regards to the stock TIM as there is a lot of room for improvement.
A quick how-to on reading the tables: first, remember back to kindergarten, because blue and red still combine to purple. The purple sections are the final data that are posted in the charts, the gray sections are also posted in the charts. Blue and red sections are the data from four of the five sets of testing (the fifth being the Stock TIM tests above), red is flowrate vs. temperature using Indigo Xtreme and blue is for multiple mount, single setting tests (MX-2, ATSG, and Stock). The two mounts with the strikethrough (in each blue section) are the data that do not get included in the averages. If you’re confused, it might be best to read from bottom to top, with results at the bottom and the data that went into the results above that.
Note that only MX-2 testing was conducted with the alternate inlet configuration. For ATSG, stock TIM, temperature vs. pump setting, and temperature vs. hydraulic power results, shift the stock position results up ~.2c. For temperature vs. flowrate testing, shift the results up ~.2c and left a few percentage points.