Ladies man FTW!!!! This is really cool, no more worrying if you put on the correct amount or if it spread evenly.
Now you're just mashing it!
Holy crap that is a wicked cool setup :) and it is pretty sweet that it sounds like they will be selling them to system builders as well... Hopefully I can go visit their factory at some point and see how the pros do it.
Hang on, this is just an Indigo Xtreme thermal kit repackaged. Even the purple gloves and small bottle of acetone is identical in EVERY respect.
The ONLY difference are a couple of logos and the plastic protector around the TIM is a different color.
I've been using the Indigo Xtreme TIMs in my own PCs for well over 9 months to spectacular results much better than this article implies.
This Maingear product is nothing but either a blatant rip off or simple rebranding.
Here is my own experience with it on my 2nd PC in July of LAST YEAR: http://tinyurl.com/6nu546z
@Zybch it looks very similar but it does not appear that Indigo Xtreme has a Socket 2011 version available.
Nah dude. Its the same thing. Even the plastic packaging and cleaning cloth are identical, just a different logo in the insert card.
Even the manual/install sheet are exactly the same apart from a logo change, same for the hard plastic holder for the TIM itself.
Even the boilerplate description and specs on the Maingear website are identical to the Indogo Xtreme ones.
Don't get me wrong, its good that this kind of thermal solution is gaining support, but its an outright lie to say or imply that Maingear is the first to develop this when its been beaten by a year by another company whos products Maingear has either blatantly copied or at the very least just rebranded.
"OEMs tended to use pads made from camel hair"
is that really true? how long ago was this and what on earth made that seem like a good idea?!
Maingear is really pushing forward, their no longer assembling others components in their own cases but starting to create accessories as well?
I think its really impressive that a custom computer boutique took the time and money to invest in engineering and design such a well made product in terms of performance, accuracy to its claims and ease of installation.
This really shows the quality that goes on at the place due to the amount of time and effort invested into a new venture, imagine what goes into the core of the company and what they primarily do.
Even though Maingear didn't invent the thing; they do make good computers and I'd be willing to buy it for my Maingear system to support them despite the fact that they're rebranding a similar cooler; they're just that good!
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We own the rights to IX now. We helped with the development of the Socket 2011 variant. We felt like partnering with them would help them market the product better and be faster on the turnaround when it came to new sockets because of our close partnerships with AMD and Intel. ;) And yes, I do think Joel should have gotten better temps. My guess is that he didn't achieve 100% reflow.
Thanks for the clarification.
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