Noctua NT-H1 + NA-SCW1 - Review

Thermal paste is added between the processor and the heatsink to cover imperfections on both sides. Noctua is a recognized manufacturer of heatsinks that also offers their quality thermal pastes. Its simplest thermal paste is Noctua NT-H1, a basic compound that offers very good performance. This compound is usually the one that the company adds in its heatsinks and is one of the most used on the market. In addition, we will see the Noctua NA-SCW1 wipes, which serve to clean the thermal paste comfortably.

Thanks to Noctua for giving us the thermal paste and wipes

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Noctua NT-H1 Noctua NT-H1 9,90 EURAmazon Prime
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Noctua NA-SCW1 Noctua NA-SCW1 7,90 EURAmazon Prime

Unboxing Noctua NT-H1 + NA-SCW1

Thermal paste Noctua NT H1 front box

In this case, we have received the 1 gram and 3.5 gram Noctua NT-H10 thermal paste syringes. Both units contain the same thermal compound. They are the same compound that the Austrian company usually adds to their heatsinks. They arrive in fairly compact boxes, better than traditional plastic packaging that took up a lot. Inside we find the corresponding syringes and a small manual.

Noctua na-scw1 thermal paste cleaning wipes

Then we have the Noctua NA-SCW1 wipes, which have been created to clean thermal paste quickly and easily. We can do the same process with a paper with alcohol, but in this case they have been created from a microfiber that avoids damaging the heatsink and the IHS of the CPU. In addition, they have a specific detergent to remove the thermal paste more efficiently.

Noctua NT-H1 + NA-SCW1 design

Thermal paste Noctua NT H1 syringe

As we can see, inside we have the corresponding syringes. The 3.5 gram is smaller than the 10 gram syringe, of course. Both thermal compounds are of the non-conductive type of electricity and resistant to corrosion. They also offer great durability and Noctua indicates that we can keep this NT-H1 thermal paste for up to 5 years. The latter depends more on the use, we recommend changing it annually.

Noctua na-scw1 kit thermal paste cleaning wipes

An interesting solution are these Noctua NA-SCW1 wipes to remove thermal paste. The truth is that they are quite similar to the lemon wipes that are usually given in restaurants, but this neither smells of lemon nor is it intended to wash our hands. It has a specific detergent to clean the thermal paste from the CPU IHS, the GPU DIE and the base of the heatsink. The box contains 20 units, so we have wipes for a lot of years.

Specifications Noctua NT-H1 + NA-SCW1

Thermal paste (3.5 grams)

  • Weight 3.5 g
  • Volume: 1,4 ml
  • Specific gravity: 2,49 g / cm³
  • Gray
  • Recommended storage time (before use): Up to 3 years
  • Recommended time of use (after the first application): Up to 5 years
  • Recommended storage temperature: room temperature
  • Operating temperature: -50 to 110 ° C

Thermal paste (10 grams)

  • Weight 10 g
  • Volume: 4 ml
  • Specific gravity: 2,49 g / cm³
  • Gray
  • Recommended storage time (before use): Up to 3 years
  • Recommended time of use (after the first application): Up to 5 years
  • Recommended storage temperature: room temperature
  • Operating temperature: -50 to 110 ° C

Cleaning wipes

  • Dimensions: 150 × 120 mm
  • Scope of delivery: 20 units

Application tips



One of the best thermal pastes on the market is this Noctua NT-H1, which is Widely used. This was launched more than a decade ago and it is still a trusted solution. It is used mainly by overclockers and gamers, and of course, by us. Despite the fact that Noctua gives it a life of 5 years, the 3.5 gram syringe can last us 3-10 applications depending on the CPU. We recommend changing it once a year, but it all depends on how we use the system.

Something that has caught our attention are the cleaning wipes thermal paste Noctua NA-SCW1. It may seem like something without much sense, but the truth is that they are very effective and leave the surface as if we had never used a thermal compound. Maybe the pack of 20 wipes for the average user does not make sense, but for overclockers or us who test a lot of refrigerations, it works great. Note that the Noctua NT-H2 syringes come with 3 of these wipes

  • One of the best thermal pastes on the market
  • Great quality / price ratio of this thermal paste
  • Great durability over time of the thermal paste
  • Non-electrically conductive and corrosion resistant thermal paste
  • Both syringes allow for a large number of uses
  • Wipes remove all compound in just one pass
  • They are not abrasive at all
  • Nothing to highlight
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Noctua NT-H1 + NA-SCW1

Thermal paste quality
Thermal paste heat transfer
Thermal paste quantity
Thermal paste durability
Thermal paste application
Cleaning wipes
Wipes material

The Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste is the first solution that the Austrian company created and that is distributed with the brand's heatsinks. It is one of the most valued thermal transfer solutions in the industry and now comes in 2.5 gram and 10 gram versions. In addition, they have launched the wipes to clean the Noctua NA-SWC1 thermal paste with a special detergent that removes any traces of it.

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Robert Sole

Director of Contents and Writing of this same website, technician in renewable energy generation systems and low voltage electrical technician. I work in front of a PC, in my free time I am in front of a PC and when I leave the house I am glued to the screen of my smartphone. Every morning when I wake up I walk across the Stargate to make some coffee and start watching YouTube videos. I once saw a dragon ... or was it a Dragonite?

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