Does thermal compound go off?

Associate
Joined
24 Oct 2014
Posts
273
I've got a tube of Gelid GC Extreme that must be about 5 years old, and another of Akasa AK456 of similar vintage.

I need to reseat a CPU cooler - will the Gelid work just fine, or should I get a new tube? It's still got the original consistency (I squeezed some out to check it hadn't set solid).
 
Soldato
Joined
29 May 2005
Posts
4,292
I've got a tube of Gelid GC Extreme that must be about 5 years old, and another of Akasa AK456 of similar vintage.

I need to reseat a CPU cooler - will the Gelid work just fine, or should I get a new tube? It's still got the original consistency (I squeezed some out to check it hadn't set solid).
mine is from 8 years ago, still as sticky as it was the day i bought it and works equally well. got some MX4 from 10+ yrs ago, and it was still as good as fresh.
 
Permabanned
Joined
22 Oct 2018
Posts
2,455
Most manufactures print the recommended time you should use them for.
 
Soldato
Joined
6 Jun 2008
Posts
11,355
Location
Finland
There's a difference between use and store though. Store in a cool dry place would be fine for many years.
While keeping that tube sitting on desk next to windows with sun shining on it daily would probably make paste go bad clearly before claimed shelf life.
 
Soldato
Joined
29 May 2005
Posts
4,292
While keeping that tube sitting on desk next to windows with sun shining on it daily would probably make paste go bad clearly before claimed shelf life.
Very doubtful it will degrade through UV cos a) the sun ray will need to pass through glass which already filter out most of UV b) the tube itself is not transparent so unlikely any light will get through to the paste itself either.

mine has sat in my box for 8 years and the mx4 is 10+ years. Still all gunky and sticky as before. Worked perfectly fine on my 1600AF which I ran tests to 130w.
 
Top Bottom