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Hi everyone,

I have a i7 920 @ stock settings with a Cooler Master V8 HSF on a ASUS P6TDeluxeV2 using AS5 paste.

It has been running this way for over a year and my temps seem okay. It idles @ 35° - 40°c and max temp is around 54° to 62°c.

Should I replace the TIM?
How often should you replace the TIM?

I have AS5 and MX2 paste.

Thanks
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post #2 of 10
Heres a question for you: why havent you overclocked?




and if temps are fine theres no need to replace the TIM, I havent replaced the TIM on my PIII for like 7 years
post #3 of 10
You shouldn't need to replace the TIM ever, as long as it wasn't a botched TIM application.
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post #4 of 10
Some TIMs stay liquidy while others harden like toothpaste. Those that harden tend to degrade in performance, but I'm sure that would be over many years. I've never replaced TIM on any machine and some are running at 9 years plus.

The only machine I'd worry about is an overclocked/gaming machine. Download some software that will give you the CPU temps and monitor those temps once in a while and see if there is change. Otherwise, there would be no need.
 
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post #5 of 10
if temps are ok why replace the tim?

if there's nothing wrong with it then don't touch it
post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by iSpark View Post
Should I replace the TIM?
How often should you replace the TIM?
To directly answer your questions:
  1. No, you shouldn't replace your TIM. Everything is just fine for you.
  2. You really don't ever need to replace it.
 
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post #7 of 10
Temps are fine man, in my experience the more I muck with it the more likely I am to screw it up

That's how my girlfriend became pregnant.

Nah jk. Shot ftw.


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post #8 of 10
As everyone else has said, there's no need to replace it. It's not like changing the oil or something.

And even some of the pastes that harden, they'll still work fine if left undisturbed.
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post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Master Chief View Post
Heres a question for you: why havent you overclocked?
Well, at the time I did not want to "risk" a chip by OC'ing, as this rig was used as a side job doing client work and I couldn't afford the downtime or the extra expense of replacing the CPU if something was to go terribly wrong.

But now that the extra client work is gone, I'm going to OC some, as this system is a "piss" rig now and whatever happens can now be, well...whatever.

I may order a new HSF soon and let that be my "replace TIM" project.
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Thanks for the replies everyone!
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