Does Arctic Silver Thermal Paste Expire / Go Bad?

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8 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks for this. I was wondering the same thing doing a new system build last night. I think my Arctic Silver 5 must be a good 5 years old. I got rid of the first of what was in the tube, the rest looked the same as ever. So far my Core i7-3770k seems to be running fine.

  2. mike says:

    Thank you for this as well. Building new pc on 3/2/2013 and this saved me 10 bucks

  3. Justin says:

    Thank you so much, I have some artic silver 5 but its 3 years old. I just ordered a brand new i5 and forgot to get some new compound. I was very nervous about using such old compound, but thanks for trying it out for us all!

  4. Jason says:

    I, too, thank you for this. Keep up the good work!

  5. Ferhat says:

    Same worries here, but my 4 year old paste looks well mixed I guess, so I’ll just head on and use it, thnx =)

  6. Roberto says:

    Muchas gracias!

    Justo andaba buscando exactamente la misma información para la misma CPU.

    Hoy se apagó mi notebook y al parecer urge una mantención :-P

    Saludos,

  7. 8370E Overclocker says:

    Still Valid Article Years Later!
    Thanks Much, Just found an old tube, followed your advice, and good to go!

    Thanks for saving me $10, as I certainly wasn’t going to use the crud in the stock box.

  8. 8370 Black Edition user says:

    I’ve been having temp issues lately and this topic seemed relevant. Cleaned and reapplied compound, lowered voltage, dropped multiplier back to auto, scanned for malware and virii with no success. All 3 fans working full speed, yes the heat sink is seated correctly, I can’t get cpu below 79C at 0% usage. Windows 7. Any suggestions please.

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