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Old 01-30-07, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hi.Anyone know if Arctic Sliver 5 3.5g tube has an expiry date? How long before it goes crap or craper? I have had my tube for quite a while, I think about a year at the very least if not more. There is still loads left in the tube, but the As 5 website even says that seperation will occur over time, which will reduce performance. Thats all it says though. they give no time limit. They gave stirage instructions though. They say keep it cool (refrigirator cool) and keep it vertical. I did neither. I wonder if in this case would the brand new grease that came with my Tuniq Tower would be better or not?

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Old 01-30-07, 11:10 AM   #2
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I've had a couple tubes go bad in a couple of weeks
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Old 01-30-07, 11:17 AM   #3
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I've had a couple tubes go bad in a couple of weeks
Seriouslly!! How do you know if they have gone bad?
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well I couldn't spread it out. It would kinda "clump".. don't know if that makes sense...
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Old 01-30-07, 12:51 PM   #5
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well I couldn't spread it out. It would kinda "clump".. don't know if that makes sense...
I think I understand. It sounds liek the grease has become like dry dough , where instead of rolling it starts to break. I assume that is the seperation thing, so you probably have a watery substance in the tube somewhere aswell.

Thanks for your posts. I think my AS 5 might be okay then as it didn't clump up last time I used it. Cheers.

PS. Does it annoy yyou to have your As 5 go crap so quickly forcing you to buy it again and again? Or did AS 5 exchange it for you ( I would think this would be difficult to do as it's a consumable) ?
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Old 01-30-07, 12:54 PM   #6
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I only buy it when I need it, it is pretty cheap so it doesn't bother me. I usually lose the tubes somehow but I have one that Tiki sent me with the CPU that I bought off of him sitting in my fridge.

From now on tho I will be using Shin Etsu
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Old 01-30-07, 01:11 PM   #7
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well I couldn't spread it out. It would kinda "clump".. don't know if that makes sense...

If it's like what Lord says, that is you cannot spread it out, then it's dried out and you need to get a fresh new tube.

I use AS5 as well, and the instructions says you just need to put a "drop" and fix you HS, and it is supposed to spread out itself from the pressure. Unlike other thermal greases that you need to spread out thinly with your credit card.

I say, don't risk it, get a new tube.
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Old 01-30-07, 01:16 PM   #8
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I use Ceramique because it tastes better.
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Old 01-30-07, 01:35 PM   #9
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you can use copper paste , the one they use on bolts and stuff

much cheaper and doesnt go bad over time

i'm using it for two years now , works flawless
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Old 01-30-07, 05:43 PM   #10
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i have a tube thats been around for 2 years. it's still ok.

i keep all my thermal paste in a little ziplock baggie and always put the caps back on the tubes.

i've never had any "go bad" on me
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Like any mix of particles that are many times heavier than the suspension fluid, there will be some separation in the compound over time when stored in the original syringe. (All thermal compounds eventually experience some separation in storage.) This does not affect the performance of the unseparated or remixed compound.
To keep the compound fresh for future applications, always replace the cap on the syringe after each use. The syringe should be stored tip down so that any separation that occurs will be at the back end of the syringe with fully suspended particles below that. Storing in a cool place like a refrigerator will also lessen separation over time.
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I use STG super thermal grease from Zalman. Easier to spread with the applicator and bette than AS5.
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