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Old January 15, 2009, 02:36 PM
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Default How long does TIM last in the tube?

I have a small 4g tube of MX-2 thermal compound sitting in my fridge since last year. I used 3 kernels of it seating 3 cpus and I won't be using it again probably for another year at least given the diminishing returns as opposed to cost of upgrading for the foreseeable future. There's still 3g+ left in there.

Does anyone know how long the paste lasts in storage? If I bring it out to use 1 or 2 years from now would it still be good? I couldn't find anything on google or Artic Cooling's website. If it's gonna spoil, I'll consider selling it for a couple of bucks for whomever wants it in my local area
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Old January 15, 2009, 02:38 PM
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I've used thermal paste sitting on my desk for over a year with no consequences.
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Old January 15, 2009, 02:58 PM
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I think it will be fine, I have tubes of as5 from 4 years ago that are still ok.
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Old January 15, 2009, 05:25 PM
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I am still using a tube of ceramique from 5+ years ago Those big ass tubes last a long time.
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Tim stays in the tube til I let him out.
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Old January 15, 2009, 05:36 PM
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Tim stays in the tube til I let him out.
Awesome. I think it will stay good for a while if you keep it closed properly.
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Old January 15, 2009, 06:28 PM
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Cool. I won't worry then. Thanks
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