How long does the thermal paste behind my CPU last?
Dude Changed status to publish February 9, 2022
Standard thermal material probably lasts about a year, but an overclocking enthusiast might change it every few months.
Attention can be drawn to cases where thermal grease has been over-applied due to a larger or improper amount.
Thermal grease may also be applied too heavily when the manufacturer applies the amount at manufacturing and not enough is left exposed for the user to apply by hand. In these instances, overclocks fail under a mix of cooling temperatures as limited heat transfer will not occur between objects in close proximity and/or through extrusions or protrusions that are too thick from peripheral features on processor die package surfaces.