Thermal Grizzly @ Computex 2024

Computex 2024:

Thermal Grizzly is one of the biggest and best for extreme cooling performance, and while they’re best known for their award-winning thermal paste, they’ve slowly developed an impressive product range over the years to help you push your temps lower than ever. This includes the CPU Contact Frame for Intel (above), which replaces the stock ILM to lower CPU temperatures (well, obviously). Then there’s the Ryzen Direct Die Frame V2, allowing you to mount coolers to a delidded 7000 series CPU and reducing the chance of causing damage to the CPU its self.

A more premium solution is their ILM and heatspreader replacement, made of premium nickel-plated copper, with a precision diamond milled surface, and this works with both air and water coolers too.

For AMD users, a similar product that replaces the AM5 SAM and heatspreader.

If you’re looking for a custom-loop solution, the G 1/4″ Mycro Direct-Die RGB promises to be one of the best direct blocks on the market for AM5 processors.

These are really cool, it’s a thin sheet of thermal material that you place over your cooler/CPU. When it heats up, it turns to a liquid to provide perfect coverage, but it only does this the first time it’s heated. Once it’s done, it turns to a thicker material that will stay applied to the surface.

This is their most premium version though, an incredibly thin piece of graphene, which has exceptional conductivity, and because it’s not a paste or a liquid, it doesn’t suffer from pump out effect, and can simply be cut to size for your required application, which now includes AMD Threadripper sizes. It’ll even suffer you removing the cooler, so long as you’re careful and don’t rip the material, it’ll be easy enough to re-install the cooler with the same material applied.

Then of course, we have their classic Conductonaut Extreme thermal paste.

And the even more high-end Kryonaut Extreme, which is specifically designed for enthusiast overclocking applications and isn’t electrically conductive, so you can really slap it on if you need to.

For the more cost effective solutions, there’s the X-8 and the X-10, which is part of their Polar Therm brand, and said to be competitive with rivals like Arctic, but you get more material for your money right now too, making these too competitive to ignore.

However, the real star of the show has to be the WireView Pro. This potent little gadget is going to appeal to GPU reviewers like myself, but also many enthusiast gamers and overlockers.

It sits between your GPU and the 12VHPWR cable, measuring and recording power consumption directly, temperatures of the cables, tells you if you’re cable is connected right, or at risk of melting, and even has a built-in OLED readout display.

It’s about 99% final at this point, and seeks to replace the old model very soon, and we can’t wait to get a bunch of these into the office just for the peace of mind they provide!

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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