Sortable Table of “Geek Tested: 17 Thermal Pastes Face Off” Comparison

This is a sortable table made from the info presented in the article “Geek Tested: 17 Thermal Pastes Face Off” at PCGamer.com. I will also be adding some of my own information inside additional columns such as ebay pricer-per-gram.

On an idling overclocked processor or a stock-clocked CPU, the differences between thermal pastes is minimal—we saw a spread of less than 4C between the best and worst thermal pastes in our roundup. At high temperatures—and we should reiterate that we overclocked the processor to 3.9GHz and used a custom thermal-stress utility to put an enormous thermal load on the CPU—we saw a spread of over 12C. Margin of error is plus or minus 2C to allow for ambient air temperature, which ranged from 23.8C to 25.4C throughout the testing procedure.

Of the seventeen thermal pastes in this roundup, Tuniq’s TX-4 scored the highest. Its burn temperature was 3C cooler than Arctic Silver 5’s. Eleven pastes earn our Geek Tested & Approved badge: Tuniq TX-4 and TX-2, Shin-Etsu MicroSI X23-7783D, Prolimatek PK-1, Arctic Cooling MX-4 and MX-2, Noctual NT-H1, Xigmatek PTI-G4512, ZeroTherm ZT-100, Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400, and good old Arctic Silver 5. We’d give pride of place to Tuniq’s TX-2, Arctic Cooling’s MX-2, and Prolimatech’s PK-1, because they’re slightly cheaper than some of the other premiere thermal interface materials.

So does thermal paste matter? Yes—there’s a big difference between thermal pastes when running a CPU at full burn. There’s a big difference between a thermal interface material that’s good for overclocking and those that aren’t, but with eleven great thermal pastes to choose from, you can’t go wrong with one of them.

(Click Column Headers to Sort)

Thermal Paste Idle Load Approved? Cheapest Price/g Quantities
Arctic Silver Lumiére 43.75 89 NO N/A N/A OEM
Noctua NT-H1 41 81.25 YES 7.99 2.29 1.4ml(3.49g)
Arctic Cooling MX-4 41 81 YES 6.80 1.70 2g, 4g, 20g
Tuniq TX-4 40* 79.5* YES 9.79 2.80 1ml(3.5g)
ZeroTherm ZT-100 41 81.5 YES N/A N/A OEM
Prolimatech PK-1 41.25 80.5 YES 12.49 2.50 1.5g, 5g, 30g
Rosewill RCX-TC090 Pro 41.75 85.5 NO N/A N/A OEM
Xigmatek PTI-G3606 42.25 84.5 NO 7.17 2.39 3g
Tuniq TX-2 41 80 YES 7.59 2.17 3.5g
Arctic Silver 5 41.5 82.5 YES 5.95 1.70 3.5g, 12g
Arctic Silver Alumina 42.75 85.5 NO 3.55 2.03 1.75g, 14g
Shin-Etsu MicroSI X23-7783D 40* 80.25 YES 6.15 3.08 .5g, 2g, 5g, 20g, 50g, 100g
BioStar Nano Diamond 43.25 89 NO N/A N/A OEM
Zalman ZMSTG1 43.25 89.25 NO 5.15 1.47 3.5g
Xigmatek PTI-G4512 40* 81.25 YES 8.12 2.03 4g
Arctic Cooling MX-2 40.75 81 YES 5.62 1.41 4g, 8g, 30g, 65g
Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400 41 81.75 YES 9.99 2.55 .16oz(3.92g)

Asterisk (*) denotes best score. All tests performed on an overclocked Core i7-975 @ 3.9GHz (burn) and 2.1GHz (idle) on an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard with 6GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3, a Radeon HD 5850, and 850W Antec TruePower PSU. The CPU cooler used was a Thermaltake Frio OCK with its fans set to maximum speed. Temperatures recorded after 1 hour at idle and after 3 hours of full-burn testing using Intel’s internal Nehalem stress-testing utility. We use HWMonitor to determine core temperatures and TMonitor to keep an eye on clock speeds.

Note: “Cheapest” column denotes price for usual 2-5g quantity available on ebay in January 2017 that most users buy, small sizes less than 2g skipped. “Price/g” column denotes the price-per-gram of the ebay price in “Cheapest” column. “Quantities” column denotes all the sizes available to buy. Obviously, the price-per-gram will vary if you compare other sizes of thermal paste such 15g quantities, however most people aside from pc techs and builders don not buy thermal paste in such large quantities.

Table made sortable using the guide Make HTML Tables Sort-Able with Sorttable Javascript from right here at JSC.


Make HTML Tables Sort-Able with Sorttable Javascript

Even though the web-design community has slowly been gravitating away from html tables the last decade since CSS3 really took off along with HTML4 and ultimately HTML5, html tables still have some very good uses – their true original use; displaying tabular data, you know.. tables.

Here’s an example of some tabular data in the form of imaginary Employees, wages, and start/end dates.

Name Salary Extension Start date Start date (American)
Bloggs, Fred $12000.00 1353 18/08/2003 08/18/2003
Turvey, Kevin $191200.00 2342 02/05/1979 05/02/1979
Mbogo, Arnold $32010.12 2755 09/08/1998 08/09/1998
Shakespeare, Bill $122000.00 3211 12/11/1961 11/12/1961
Shakespeare, Hamnet $9000 9005 01/01/2002 01/01/2002
Fitz, Marvin $3300 5554 22/05/1995 05/22/1995

Nice table right? Would be even nicer if columns could be sorted! For a long time the only way to achieve that would have been with url parameters and page refreshes. Who has time for that antiquated mess? Not Me.

Surely there is a better option for sortable HTML Tables?

Name Salary Extension Start date ▾ Start date (American)
Shakespeare, Bill $122000.00 3211 12/11/1961 11/12/1961
Turvey, Kevin $191200.00 2342 02/05/1979 05/02/1979
Fitz, Marvin $3300 5554 22/05/1995 05/22/1995
Mbogo, Arnold $32010.12 2755 09/08/1998 08/09/1998
Shakespeare, Hamnet $9000 9005 01/01/2002 01/01/2002
Bloggs, Fred $12000.00 1353 18/08/2003 08/18/2003

If you haven’t already noticed, the table above has columns that can be sorted by clicking the column header. You should also notice that rather than sorting alphanumerically, the date and numeric columns all sort properly too.

So, How Does One Accomplish Such Wizardry with Sortable HTML Tables? With “Sorttable”!?

  1. Download
    sorttable.js
  2. Include
    sorttable.js, by putting a link to it in the HEAD of your page, like so:
  3. Mark your table as a sortable one by giving it a class of “sortable”:
    Note that the library’s JavaScript file is called
    sorttable
    (two Ts), but the class you add to the table is
    sortable
    (one T).

That’s it! Tables with the ‘sortable’ class will have sortable columns via column header clicks. For aesthetic reasoning you may want to add the following styles to your stylesheet, or something similar and to your liking:

For advanced usage of Sorttable, check out the creator’s guide over at Kryogenix.org where you can also give the creator a tip for his valuable time and javascript!

For WordPress users not wanting the hassle of using Kryogenix’ Sorttable Javascript tables, check out the free plugin TablePress at WordPress.org. TablePress allows you to make unlimited tables that are fully customizable and user-sortable, plus you can add even more WordPress html table wizardry with some of the available extensions. I myself use the free extension “Single Cell Content Shortcode” to show cells from one table in other tables using shortcodes. I also use the premium extension “Responsive Tables” to make my TablePress tables beautifully responsive! (Check out a TablePress example here.)