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Last time I applied thermal paste was two years ago. Should I reapply it? And my thermal paste has been sitting in my storage for two years, is it still okay to use it or it goes bad after certain amount of time? The sealed the cap after my first use.

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If the paste is silicon based it tends to split over time into a solid and a liquid part. It is usually hard to recombine if it gets to this stage.

I don't tend to re-apply paste unless I have removed the heatsink. Unless you are having an issue I'd probably leave it.
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If the paste is silicon based it tends to split over time into a solid and a liquid part. It is usually hard to recombine if it gets to this stage.

I don't tend to re-apply paste unless I have removed the heatsink. Unless you are having an issue I'd probably leave it.
Unless of course it is stock thermal paste after 2 years, I would see it as worth the time, but its not necessarily necessary .
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reapply but get a good brand like artic siler 5 or another good brand you will se temp drops also
 
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What kind of paste are you using?
    
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I remember it was artic silver, but I don't remember the edition. I can check when I go home.

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Found it I have ceramique by artic silver. Is it silicon based?

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No, ceramique is not silicon based.
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Found it I have ceramique by artic silver. Is it silicon based?

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If you're even going to bother re-applying, I'd say grab some Shin-Etsu or Arctic Silver MX-4.

You really should change thermal paste far more often than that. Every year or so, sometimes sooner depending on previous application, temp fluctuation, etc. Two years is just abysmal for your equipment.
post #10 of 12
idk about time. There are many threads on that debate around here. I would however recommend a new brand. AS5 is on its way out as the top TIM...there are far better choices.
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