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How Long Does Thermal Compound Last?

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So I bought the Arctic MX-2 that I currently use 6 years ago and was wondering if it goes out of date or if I should buy something new to replace it after all this time when applying thermal compound to a CPU. It still looks the same and seems to work decent.

If I should replace it, what do you recommend (I used a 2500K)?

Thanks!
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not sure, tube I bought about 6 years ago of SHin Etsu is still good. you might need to warm the tube up a little to get it out, at least i needed to with my shin etsu as it was very thick int he first place
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not sure, tube I bought about 6 years ago of SHin Etsu is still good. you might need to warm the tube up a little to get it out, at least i needed to with my shin etsu as it was very thick int he first place

Good to know brobot. By the way, that Sound Blaster MP3 player is uber expensive... lol.

On another note, I have not looked into recent history of how the thermal compounds compare, but Shin Etsu, Arctic Silver 5, and Arctic MX-2 were the best when I bought this roughly 6 years ago.
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not sure about today honestly, Ive still got a whole unused tube of Shin etsu and the stuff that came with my Noctua is pretty good too
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If you decide to replace it then Prolimatech PK-1 is awesome.
 
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