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I believe it depends on the TIM. I think I read some can separate over time, but some guy had like a 5-year-old tube of AS5 that didn't seem to look funny.

I'd venture to guess 1 or 2 year minimum for any TIM though.

Squirt a little out to see if it's separating, but I'd bet a lot of money it's perfectly fine.
Ultimate plan: Do 2 week trial runs with the noctua and the MX-3, see what gives me better performance..and if I'm still unhappy (which is unlikely, lol), I'll order up a 4 grab tube of MX-4.
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Ultimate plan: Do 2 week trial runs with the noctua and the MX-3, see what gives me better performance..and if I'm still unhappy (which is unlikely, lol), I'll order up a 4 grab tube of MX-4.
I wouldn't even bother with the trial runs with each.

Just use whatever TIM comes with the new heatsink. If whatever you decide to end up going with comes with AS5 or something you don't recognize, just use the MX-3. AS5 isn't horrible, I just hate the long burn-in.
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Ultimate plan: Do 2 week trial runs with the noctua and the MX-3, see what gives me better performance..and if I'm still unhappy (which is unlikely, lol), I'll order up a 4 grab tube of MX-4.
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I wouldn't even bother with the trial runs with each.

Just use whatever TIM comes with the new heatsink. If whatever you decide to end up going with comes with AS5 or something you don't recognize, just use the MX-3. AS5 isn't horrible, I just hate the long burn-in.
I have to agree with Kaldari, If your getting the D-14 just use the paste that come's with it. I havnt seen a single complaint about it yet. I also agree that AS5 isnt bad stuff, I just dont like the burn in time aswell..Its cheap and easy to get ahold of though lol.

Best TIM I have used so far is ICDiamond
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