[SOLVED] Do I need to change the thermal paste of an old unused GPU?

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I'm getting an AMD R9 280 which has been lying unused in a drawer for almost 2 years. Do I need to change the thermal paste of it because of that? It was working fine when it was last used.
 
GPU's have their thermal paste installed in the factory, and is typically designed to outlast the life of the card itself. Being unused for a couple of years is actually a good thing since it's the heat of use that dries the compound, not being idle.
Try it..it should be fine.
 
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I'm getting an AMD R9 280 which has been lying unused in a drawer for almost 2 years. Do I need to change the thermal paste of it because of that? It was working fine when it was last used.
Well depends on how long did you use it for last time before you stopped. If it's a long time then yeah repaste it. If the temps are fine and not overheating then no
 
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GPU's have their thermal paste installed in the factory, and is typically designed to outlast the life of the card itself. Being unused for a couple of years is actually a good thing since it's the heat of use that dries the compound, not being idle.
Try it..it should be fine.
 
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