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Current Best TIM for long term storage

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I am doing a research on which of TIM will remain with the same or near the same viscosity during a time of not being used

Antec Formula 6
Arctic Cooling MX-2
Arctic Cooling MX-4
Gelid GC-Extreme
Gelid GC-Supreme
Innovation Cooling Carat 7/24
ID-COOLING TG-11
Phanteks PH-NDC_02
Prolimatech PK-3
Prolimatech PK-2
Prolimatech PK-1
Prolimatech PK-0
Noctua NT H1
post #2 of 5
I haven't used many of those listed, but I suspect the Arctic Cooling MX-4 will be pretty high up on the list for durability. The paste doesn't cure like many others and I believe they advertised it as 10 year life once applied on the packaging. In my experience it hasn't gotten hard after several years now. I have some 7970's with no heatsinks on them and the MX-4 on the die is still soft years later with complete air exposure and would probably work good if I installed the heatsink on them now.
Edited by Shaded War - 2/27/16 at 6:48pm
post #3 of 5
I have tubes of NT-H1 for sevaral years at a time. Until you get to the last ~20% of the tube, it stays pretty much exactly the same. The same can be said for the Phanteks.

I haven't had any of the others around long enough to comment.
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i might go with the mx-4,nt h1 or the ph-ndc-02,someone has other suggestions?
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

i might go with the mx-4,nt h1 or the ph-ndc-02,someone has other suggestions?

I just checked my order history, and I'v had my MX-4 since 2011.


I'm not sure what you mean by long term storage, but if your looking to buy some that will last you then a 4g or 20g tube would be a good purchase depending on how many times you use it. I still have some left from the 4 gram syringe and I'v done many CPUs, GPUs, and Xbox 360's with it. It's probably the best TIM I'v ever used and revived many "dead" Xbox 360's with it by lowering temps so much. I just revived another Xbox that was hard crashing a couple weeks ago with this stuff that is 5 years old. Next time I need to buy some, I'll just order a 20g tube since it lasts so long.
Edited by Shaded War - 2/28/16 at 6:21am
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