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June 27, 2009 4:11:11 AM

I have a syringe-tube of thermal paste by Cooler Master I used a while ago (6 months ago?).
It's been lying around in my desk. Should I use this TP, or should I use the TP in the little packet that came with my CPU fan/heatsink?

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June 27, 2009 4:20:17 AM

Personally I'd just use the stuff that comes with the HSF, 6 month's seem like a long time.
a c 86 K Overclocking
June 27, 2009 4:50:53 AM

Sure, it's fine, it prolly has a shelf longer than McDonalds frys.
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a b K Overclocking
June 27, 2009 1:31:25 PM

As long as it is not too dried out, sure it will be fine.
I don't think that thermal paste spoils, turns rotten, or anything like that. :) 
But you do want it the right consistancy so it spreads correctly between the 2 surfaces. If it has dried too much, it won't spread thinly, fill the cracks and imperfections as well, and simply won't conduct heat as well as it should.
June 28, 2009 12:04:24 AM

I would use the syringe as long as the consistency hasn't changed. The stuff last forever as long as it doesn't get hot and separate I actually keep it in the fridge and have never had it go bad.
a b K Overclocking
June 28, 2009 3:16:19 AM

lol. I once bought a set of AS5 on sale like 2 years ago and I'm still using it and it works fine. Thermalpaste is good as long as it's not too thick or dry.
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