Originally Posted by mrwalker
I'm using CoreTemp to monitor temps but even CPUID's HWMonitor and RealTemp report the same temps as CoreTemp.
The way I applied it, I put some thermal paste on the CPU and used a business card to spread it around. Maybe I put too thick of a layer. I'll try to reapply it with the dot in the middle method and see if I get better results that way.
I'm planning on buying an aftermarket cooler and this is why I'm asking about the thermal paste, if it's too old I'll just grab both at the same time.
It would be safer to just get some even better TIM to go with your new aftermarket cooler tbh, you'll get double gains there.
I would say there is a chance that your AS5 has expired, and whilst your at it, just get some better ones, since there has been quite some developments over the years.
More speifically, I would recommend Shin-Etsu 778D, it's much better than AS5 and pretty cheap too