Effective, safe, simple to use!
I've used arctic silver ceramique for years because it offered an excellent combination of performance and value, and i was pleasantly surprised that arctic silver updated it. In terms of performance, ceramique 2 seems to be a bit better than the original, though it's still behind the top silver-based thermal interface materials. Absolute thermal performance is not the whole story, however, and where ceramique really stands out is the fact that it's completely electrically non-conductive and non-capacitive so there's virtually no risk of damaging your stuff by accidentally applying too much, etc.To get the most out of ceramique 2, you should follow the detailed instructions on the arctic silver website. The site recommends different application methods depending on the type of cpu and heatsink. For example, with intel ivy bridge cpu's you should use the "line method" whereas my phenom ii needs the traditional "spot in the middle" come. The site as well describes how to prepare a cpu and heatsink prior to applying thermal paste to improve effectiveness.I bought this particular tube to upgrade the thermal paste in a laptop. With the introduction of intel's turbo boost and amd's turbo core, improving a laptop's cooling solution can lead to very tangible performance increases since the maximum boost frequency and time spend while under turbo boost is a function of current, power, and temperature. By reducing the overall cpu temperature under load, the boosting algorithms allow either even higher turbo boost speeds (up to the maximum) or longer boost duration (possibly indefinitely).Notes:1) thermal paste is secondary to having a clean, flat, and smooth mounting surface and sufficiently high (but not excessive) mounting pressure. Ceramique is better able to deal with higher mounting pressures due to it's higher viscosity.2) ceramique 2 is rated down to -150 c, which makes it suitable for use with more extreme forms of cooling such as phase change, dry ice, etc.3) the 25g tube is a better value than the 2.7g, though the 2.7g tube is good for ~10-15 applications. This really is a case of your mileage may vary. Ceramique and ceramique 2 don't really dry out and seem to have a long shelf-life.