Maximum PC - - BLUEPRINT -

This is by far one of the slow­est times of the year for hard­ware re­leases. At the end of the fi­nan­cial year, the vast ma­jor­ity of com­pa­nies en­ter what’s known as a “quiet” pe­riod. At least, they do in the tech in­dus­try. What this means is no new tech re­leases un­til the next year. We’ve had Com­pu­tex and CES, with var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers show­ing off their lat­est pro­to­types, and that’s it—now we play the wait­ing game. Al­though that means we don’t have lots of things to talk about, it does mean we can fo­cus on the lit­tle things. And for us, ther­mal paste is one of those lit­tle things that can make a big dif­fer­ence. There’s only one brand we go to for the goopy stuff, and that’s Noctua. Its NT-H1 is the per­fect con­sis­tency. It’s not runny, it spreads well, trans­fers heat as well as any other paste we’ve tested, is af­ford­able, and, more im­por­tantly, is non-con­duc­tive, so even if we get over­spill, there’s lim­ited chance of it fry­ing any­thing. $ 6, http://noctua. at

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