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Last response: in Overclocking
August 2, 2008 5:48:45 AM

Was curious as to when you should replace the thermal gel on your cpu.

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August 2, 2008 8:38:35 AM

you shouldn't have to if it's a good grease. as it's a grease, it doesn't solidify/stick to the cpu and should remain the same forever theoretically. however i have an old 700MHz ish socket 478 with the grease solidified....must have been some stock crap intel stuff...
August 2, 2008 9:14:28 AM

Actually, most TIM (Thermal Interface Material) does dry out over time. I wouldn't bother changing it unless your temps were too high.

Check this stuff out, it's made from diamond powder. It is a little sticky so it needs to be applied with a single edge razor blade.

Not too expensive either. IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound - 1.5 gram
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August 2, 2008 11:11:08 AM

I see, well i think my cpu is running hotter then it normally is but i dont really know how to check its temp. Any suggestions?
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August 2, 2008 12:16:54 PM

That would depend on your motherboard and CPU.

If it's a fairly modern CPU RealTemp will work well. It's accurate.
August 3, 2008 3:43:17 AM

AS5 doesnt ever dry out according to arctic cooling