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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 12:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Does Thermal Paste go Bad or get Old?

Been building for a while and have old tubes.

Sealed but opened at one point or another.

Does TIM go bad? e.g. maybe it dries out a little and maybe not work as good?

Like it get thicker and not as good.

I feel like it must but wondering thoughts of others..

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Been building for a while and have old tubes.

Sealed but opened at one point or another.

Does TIM go bad? e.g. maybe it dries out a little and maybe not work as good?

Like it get thicker and not as good.

I feel like it must but wondering thoughts of others..

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In an airtight completely sealed environment, It would probably be fine for a long time. But it does dry out eventually. I recently found a ~10 year old tube that was hard as a rock. I have a couple opened tubes from around 3-5 years ago that seem a little thicker than I remember them being initially, but are still probably fine. IDK how much the newer stuff has improved though. I will let you know in 10 years how well the thermal grizzly stuff holds up
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If you worry about it, buy new paste. it's cheap.

I wouldn't worry about consistency of TIM unless it cannot transfer heat well any more.... if in question, replace.

Would I use a 10 year old tube of paste I found that was open at one point or another?? Heck no. I'd get new paste for sure.


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If you worry about it, buy new paste. it's cheap.

I wouldn't worry about consistency of TIM unless it cannot transfer heat well any more.... if in question, replace.

Would I use a 10 year old tube of paste I found that was open at one point or another?? Heck no. I'd get new paste for sure.
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Quote: Originally Posted by wirefox View Post
Been building for a while and have old tubes.

Sealed but opened at one point or another.

Does TIM go bad? e.g. maybe it dries out a little and maybe not work as good?

Like it get thicker and not as good.

I feel like it must but wondering thoughts of others..

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I'm sure they all go bad eventually, but how long they last seems to depend on the specific paste and how it's stored. Checking the consistency appears to be a good indication of whether or not the TIM will still perform well.

FWIW my Gelid GC Extreme was like working with stiff clay after only a year, and unusable after 2 years as it won't flow out of the tube and has bad seperation, with some parts very stiff and others very loose like water. My Arctic MX-2 is at least 5 years old (2 of those years the tube wasn't sealed properly either) and seems to work as well as the first time I used it. I've also opened sealed 5 year old tubes and they work fine as well, namely CM and Sythe TIM that comes with their coolers.

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Something like Kryonaut can go very long without renewing the paste. But generally, paste does indeed dry out. It's recommended to change your paste every 5 years or so, depending on the type of paste.

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If you are changing paste on your PC built 5 years ago or more, I suggest then to invest into a new PC build almost if not entirely (depending on needs/wants) ....

But get in the now man. lol.

65nm/45nm 10 years ago. Hmm my paste is drying up on my dried up core 2 lol.


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Quote: Originally Posted by ShrimpBrime View Post
If you are changing paste on your PC built 5 years ago or more, I suggest then to invest into a new PC build almost if not entirely (depending on needs/wants) ....

But get in the now man. lol.

65nm/45nm 10 years ago. Hmm my paste is drying up on my dried up core 2 lol.
Hey, my 5 year old 4790k resents that!

Though now that I think about it, the gelid gc-extreme I have on it still has held up for quite a few years. Will need to switch to the new tube of Kryonaut I recently bought.


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Quote: Originally Posted by SoloCamo View Post
Hey, my 5 year old 4790k resents that!

Though now that I think about it, the gelid gc-extreme I have on it still has held up for quite a few years. Will need to switch to the new tube of Kryonaut I recently bought.
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Thanks for the feedback.

and yes I know it's not gold

I actually was using a thermal pad https://www.amazon.com/Innovation-Co.../dp/B07CKVW18G .

it's worked as good as artic 5 +\- a few degrees and no mess...

anyways thanks for the feed back.




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