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Silver Thermal Compound expiration?

By techgeek05
Aug 5, 2006
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  1. Hello! Just like the title says, does this stuff expire? I just found some while I was searching and I forgot that I had it. I now remember it's probably about a year to a year and a half or so old.It's a little less than half a tube left and I want to replace my HSF unit with one with a copper-base. Can I still use what's left over or should I buy another new tube?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Provided the tube has been sealed properly, it should still be good to use.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. techgeek05

    techgeek05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks, man! It still has the cap on it.
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    If it comes out, and feels about the same as it did half a year before, I don't see why you can't use it :p

    Also, remember that AS5 (and most other thermal compounds) should be reapplied every 3-5 years. I can't remember where I got that advice, but I'm sticking to it anyway. :D
  5. techgeek05

    techgeek05 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Every 3-5 years, gotcha! Thanks!
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    by 5 years your PC is pretty much obsolete anyway!
  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    I've used computers past 7 years before.... Besides, they make good file servers/firewalls/etc. If you wanna dump a northwood (or AMD equivalent), feel free to dump them this way.
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