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I found several tubes of thermal compounds that says antec, A50 (probably from corsair), zm-stg2m and a unknown grey one in ciringe. I think they are pretty old since I found them under bunch of stuffs covered with dust

Is it okay to use old thermal paste?
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post #2 of 7
If stored in a controlled environment, I would say yes. I would spread some to make sure it didnt dry out or have any change in consistency.
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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by RJ_985 View Post

If stored in a controlled environment, I would say yes. I would spread some to make sure it didnt dry out or have any change in consistency.

Ok, most of them solidified except for zm-stg2m since that was only thing which is new and sealed.
I guess I'll go buy one, is arctic silver ceramique 2 25g thermal grease good? found it for $4.88 in my local computer store
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post #4 of 7
Newegg reviews of it seems extremely positive. Its not a conducting material so I've used it for a few graphics cards. I'd say most top end thermal pastes will all have similar performance and be hard to distinguish a degree or two of difference. Make sure not to use to much!
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post #5 of 7
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Ok, thanks to RJ_985 for help
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I've had a tube of AS5 for years. I use it for other people's PCs so I don't have to waste my MX-4 tongue.gif

I think it's still fine.
    
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Spritanium View Post

I've had a tube of AS5 for years. I use it for other people's PCs so I don't have to waste my MX-4 tongue.gif

I think it's still fine.

Yeah, but mine mostly solidified and already got a new one anyways
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