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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 08:14 PM - Thread Starter
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Thermal compound was so dry I had to crack off fan

So I can't remember exactly which thermal compound I had used last, but I think it was Silver Fox 5

I currently have MX-4 right now and may have used it the last time, I honestly can't remember.

But what would cause the thermal compound to dry out so much that it was so hard to crack off?

Last time I changed it was probably 6 months or so and I'm in Ohio and just getting out of winter.

Would my chip be getting too hot? Is this normal?

My computer is kind of by a window which I keep open often enough, could the air/cold air have tried it out? It's maybe 3' away, so it's not like it's a direct draft.

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That’s got to be gettin really hot...last time I had to chip or crack off TIM was AS5 applied from 3-4 years ago


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Silver Fox 5

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If your CPU was getting extremely hot your computer would have shot off. Next time apply paste and test temperatures and as time goes by retest to make sure the temps are not slowly rising on you.

Paste dry, depending on the paste some tend to stay more fluid then others. Personally I use Tuniq Thermal Paste and Liquid Metal. I've never had any issues with either in relation to temps getting worse could care less if there was a desert forming in between the components as long as the temps stay consistent.

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Quote: Originally Posted by TheGreyWizard View Post
So I can't remember exactly which thermal compound I had used last, but I think it was Silver Fox 5

I currently have MX-4 right now and may have used it the last time, I honestly can't remember.

But what would cause the thermal compound to dry out so much that it was so hard to crack off?

Last time I changed it was probably 6 months or so and I'm in Ohio and just getting out of winter.

Would my chip be getting too hot? Is this normal?

My computer is kind of by a window which I keep open often enough, could the air/cold air have tried it out? It's maybe 3' away, so it's not like it's a direct draft.

Thanks.

well you figured it out correctly, even without understanding why. it is indeed how cold the PC is getting when the window is open in winter that has caused this issue. I ran into this issue with my own extreme water chiller the AS5 on the cold side would dry out. today I use AS5 on the hot side and Arctic Silver Ceramique on the cold side, this has solved that issue.


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