A Radeon R7 240 With A Slice Of Cheese And Potatoes
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It has been quite some time since someone tested the effectiveness of Cheese Whiz as a thermal paste, so it is high time we revisited it. Slashdot has linked to a review which tried out a variety of thermal interface materials which included regular thermal paste, cheese, ketchup, toothpaste, diaper rash ointment, and even potatoes. Needless to say not all were effective, but until you prove it how can anyone really know?
Sadly they didn’t try a high end part, instead opting to use a more modest Radeon R7 240 with a 30W TDP during a five minute run of Furmark. Out of the more interesting choices, the toothpaste and ketchup were the best, and while most of the other tasty comestibles didn’t combust, they also lead to thermal throttling.
Check out the full results, which do include proper thermal pastes and pads by following the link from Slashdot.
Several items caused the GPU to engage its thermal throttling mechanism due to overheating as the GPU hit its maximum temperature of 105C, including the sliced cheese and potato slices. Some thermal pads also didn't fare well, with throttling occurring with the EC360 Blue 0.5mm thermal pad, 0.5mm EKWB pad, Arctic TP2 1mm pad, Arctic TP2 1.5mm pad.
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