Tuniq TR-1 thermal material remover Author: Gh0sTly -- Posted: 2008-12-12
Tuniq has offered up a solution to fix our sticky, filthy heatsink mating surfaces. Today I have the Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Material Remover.
This is a thin, liquid solution that will break up and dissolve thermal paste and thermal pads within 60 seconds, and then you wipe it clean with a cloth. The TR-1 solution is very effective. I tested it on a heatsink that had some heavy, almost baked thermal paste, and it proved very effective. The solution is non conductive, so if you was to accidently spill or get a drop of it on your motherboard or VGA card, then it would be ok.
This is the copper mating plate for the test heatsink that has the thermal paste on it. This paste has been on here for maybe 2 weeks, and been in constant use, and has been stress tested a few times under very high CPU temperatures.
Here is the same heatsink after about 30 seconds after the TR-1 was applied. You can already see it starting to dissolve the thermal paste.
Here is what it looks like after 60 seconds after the TR-1 was applied. It really dessolved the thermal paste rather well, and you can see the white cloudyness to the solution where it has dessolved completely.
I noticed a tad bit of thermal paste on the CPU block after we wiped the block off., so we reapplied a little bit of the TR-1, and it started to dissolve instantly. Another 45 seconds, and it was totally gone. I wiped the block clean, and it was as good as new.
If you remove your CPU heatsink, or are building a new gaming rig, and pull off all the heatsinks off to get the cheap white paste off to put good quality paste on, then you should have a bottle of TR-1. Its 30ml per bottle, but it only takes 3-4 drops to cover a whole CPU block, and would be even less for northbridge or southbridge heatsinks, and a little more for VGA cards, but there would be plenty left to do quite a few more PCs. I would suggest that you get a bottle of this to any modder or OC fanatic. For more information on the TR-1 and its counterpart, the TX-2 thermal Paste, check out the links here: TR-1TX-2
I would like to take this time to thank Tunq/Sunbeamtech for allowing me to review this great product, and I look forward to reviewing more of their products in the future.