Thermal paste shelf life?

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  1. Scopus

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    Hey i have tube of some previous used 5 year old thermal paste. Been stored in cool dark place. Did it degrade at all or will it work like new?
     
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    I would toss it out, and buy some new. A couple years, I'd say use it. But at 5 years old, it's only a few bucks to get another tube. But some people will tell you it's fine as long as it hasn't separated, and to use it. For me, a few bucks to know it's protecting an expensive CPU is worth it to me.
     
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    Ur right. Since its only few bucks worth the peace of mind. :) thanks
     
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    I'm using 5+ year old Arctic Silver 5 and it seems fine. I'd certainly prefer new but it seems like I only have old stuff on hand when I need it. I finally bought a large tube of the Noctua paste for the next time I need some.
     
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    squeeze a bit out.. is it still pastey or dryed out?

    thats the biggest question... if its pastey, then id say its still good.
    If its dried out, then you need to replace it.
     
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