I had bought the two huge 30gr white and grey syringes of this “VIPBEN thermal paste greasy consistency silicone compound” on dealextreme ages ago, and only soldom used them to place coolers on my several raspberry pi’s, nothing more serious.
Recently my AMD FX 9590 started overheating even with an Enermax liquid cooler I installed (ok, it was more than 4 years ago…) with the bundled micro-sized thermal paste syringe.
I suspected that said thermal paste went bad, so I removed the heatsink block, and the paste was indeed hardened… and the micro-syringe that was in the package was actually all spent.
I had just read this tomshardware review where even toothpaste and denture glue were used (!!!) and the difference wasn’t so abismal with all the other proper products, so I told myself that I could as well even use the VIPBEN thermal paste on the dam FX9590…. right? RIGHT?
Well I used the pea size technique, first with white paste, then with grey one (yeah, I thoroughly cleaned all the surfaces with alcohol first!) and the overheating protection shut down the PC three times faster than what happened with the dried enermax paste.
Go figure, now I’m waiting for a syringe of Arctic MX-2 to arrive in the mail before I can use the PC again…