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Clean & reapply Arctic Silver 5 every time cooler is taken off?

post #1 of 8
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If you apply arctic silver 5 just a few days ago, and want to take off the cpu fan to re position it, do I have to clean off all the old paste and re apply new?

I'm thinking I shouldn't have to since its still very fresh. Thoughts?
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post #2 of 8
i always clean and re-apply
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post #3 of 8
You don't re use because it gets air bubbles in the TIM when the cooler is put back on.
post #4 of 8
You should think about upgrading to a newer tim as well, something not capacitve.
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post #5 of 8
Yes, always clean it off (with Q-tips and 90+% Isopropyl Alcohol).
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post #6 of 8
If you don't, it will affect temps negatively, but it's up to you. OCNers are OCD about temps, but not reapplying will not endanger a system or anything like that.
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post #7 of 8
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gotcha...I will keep that in mind! thanks everybody
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post #8 of 8
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wow, I just realized that cleaning and reapplying gave me 3-4 C cooler, without changing anything else. My cooler, fan position, etc were all still the same....are bubbles are atrocious

OCCT for 20 minutes
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