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Noctua NH-D14 :How long is original TIM good for?

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So ,It's been about 4 years since I installed my NOC ,on my older Nehalem LGA1156 Core i7 860 .I felt like a kid on Christmas morning the day that huge box arrived! It was able to run the chip stable @ 4.1 Ghz back then ,but now only running at 3.5Ghz. Would a new application of TIM,and a thorough cleaning of the unit possibly breathe some life back into the system? or is it most likely toast?
post #2 of 33
It can't hurt anything.

and I recall alot of tim is no good after a few years

depends onwhat type you got. i think Arctic Silver 5 lasts for between 4 and 7years
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Clean your cooler with dish washing soap and water. Make sure it's good and dry and reinstall with new paste thumb.gif
. Also clean you fans, but not is the sink. biggrin.gif
post #4 of 33
I'd use isopryl alcohol or something as opposed to dish soap

I imagine dish soap would be very messy. and isopryl works very well.
post #5 of 33
redface.gif Sorry, I was talking about cleaning the entire cooler; fins, pipes, etc. by washing in kitchen sink, than rinse and dry.
Cleaning the fins after years of use can give several degrees better cooling.

Clean base and CPU with alcohol. thumb.gif
post #6 of 33
Ok that definitely makes more sense
post #7 of 33
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Thanx for the replies! The paste on there is the Noctua stock stuff (I've heard it is high quality),also , I have the cleaning fluid,and residue removal kit,so I will use that,and I have a high pressure air blower to get dust out of fins. I just need to pick up some new goo! Guess I'm headed to my local Tiger store tomorrow. Thank you all very much.
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Just don't use IC Diamond, I used that once, and after 6 months it was impossible to scrub off my chip... that stuff is junk.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by doyll View Post

Clean your cooler with dish washing soap and water. Make sure it's good and dry and reinstall with new paste thumb.gif
. Also clean you fans, but not is the sink. biggrin.gif

As awkward this may sound: I've gave my Hyper 212 Evo a shower once and turned out sparking new. Used a high pressure shower head to flush out all the dust biggrin.gif
post #10 of 33
NT-H1 is good stuff, and most pastes should last years unless they contain metallics, or are heavily prone to separation. NT-H1 is neither of these.
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