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    Thermal Compound hard and dry during removal...

    Recently I removed an i5-760 cpu to replace the board and noticed when removing the thermal compound (artic silver 5) that it almost completely hardened on both the cpu and the heatsink, like most of the moisture was removed from the product, it came off in pieces rather than the way I am used to removing it being in almost the same viscosity as when it was applied.

    The positive side was that it was easy to remove.

    It was in a computer that was built less than a year ago.

    Has anyone ever seen this?

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    Re: Thermal Compound hard and dry during removal...

    It's not uncommon at all. Many TIM applications "dry" over time, many by design. As long as they are still transferring heat it should be fine.
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    Re: Thermal Compound hard and dry during removal...

    I've always used AS5 & have never seen that, even after several years of use. Maybe you have a slightly defective tube?
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    Re: Thermal Compound hard and dry during removal...

    Reply from the company arctic silver.

    Hello Ken,

    Arctic Silver 5 is designed to transition to the consistency of clay over time to ensure long term durability. Your experience is normal.

    Best Regards,

    Colin

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