Question CPU thermal paste is yellowish

Jul 20, 2020
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Hi
I just bought a ryzen 1700 from q local store. The thermal paste on the stock cooler looks yellowish and has some marks as well on it.
Any guesses if it is a brand new or used one? Should I return it back to the shopkeeper?
Any idea suggestion how to further check if it is a new or used one.
Please help.
 

Lutfij

Titan
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If the paste on the cooler's base is even and thin, you're fine. The stock TIM always did seem to be yellowish to me too. More like a yellow hue as though the image/my eyes was/were in sepia mode.

You're fine! If you want better temps on the CPU, get an aftermarket cooler though a tube of quality TIM would further drop temps.
 

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