re:Does thermal paste go off?

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Just an update - went and bought a new fan & heatsink. Used paper
towels and cotton buds to clean the gunk of the processor and polish
the die - applied fresh thermal paste with a rubber glove (just a
dot) and refitted. 10 degree drop in the diode temp, and at idle the
diode is now 3 degrees below the socket (that's good, eh?) - even at
full load after an hour (Prime95 Torture Test) only a 10 degree rise
(stable for 20 mins) , and the diode is only 2 degrees above the

Seems like the fan was dying.

Never mind - all fixed now   :D

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