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August 30, 2016

Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut Thermal Compound Review


Thermal Grizzly is a rather new name in the thermal paste market but it didn't take long for the company to step into the spotlight as both its Kyronaut and Hydronaut thermal paste quickly took the crowd by storm and with all the positive feedbacks and reviews that are flooding in, Thermal Grizzly is now the new king in the thermal paste market. 

We ourselves has been curious of the Kyronaut since our visit to the HWBot World Tour 2016 and we were able to secured a Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut 5.5g syringe from Thermal Grizzly Malaysia to finally experience the much endorsed thermal paste ourselves here at Tech Critter's lab.

(Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut retails at RM29 for 1g syringe and RM69 for 5.5g syringe) 

Specifications

Packaging

The packaging is rather simple and not as attractive as most of the renown thermal compound that comes in a hard plastic or fancy box, but we find this a more preferred packaging as it's way much easier to unbox when you're in a hurry. Thermal Grizzly offers both of its Kyronaut and Hydronaut in the same type of packaging, except for the label stickers used to differentiate both of the company's thermal compound. 


Inside the packaging, you'll find a quick start guide, Thermal Grizzly sticker, a rubber TIM applicator which is to be attached to the syringe and the syringe containing the Kyronaut thermal compound.

Thermal Performance Test
We've conducted the test with an Intel Core i7 4790K running at 4.6GHz using a Raijintek Triton 240 liquid cooler and the grain of rice application method. We've conducted a set of burn-in test to see how well will each of the thermal compound used performs. As curing time is always required for most of the thermal compound, so we divided the burn-in test into few sets and each set of test is to run for days in order to monitor the supposed curing time. Temperature reading is then recorded and presented in the graph as below:



As we ramp up the heat with prime95 for maximum heat output, we can observe temperature spiked up to the range of 76°C ~78°C during the first set of the test. Lower temperature reading can be observed after a few days across all the thermal compound used in the test, displaying different curing time of its own. 

The Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut performs a whole lot better than we've expected, beating some of the market-leading thermal compound with the least curing time and best thermal performance displayed.

Verdict
With such excellence displayed throughout the test, we have no reason to doubt the Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut as one of the most popular thermal compound used by PC enthusiasts and overclockers around the globe.

If you find that RM69 for the 5.5g syringe might be an overly expensive amount of money to pay for a thermal compound, here's the deal, it beats pretty much all of the popular high-performance thermal compound available and you can opt for the RM29 1g syringe, which is more than enough for few times of generous amount of pea-size application.

Pros
  • Excellent thermal performance
  • Almost no curing time is required to reach optimal performance
  • No signs of bleed
  • Easy application with the rubber spreader
Cons
  • Costly

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