Well I actually personally used toothpaste as thermal grease. I'd heard about it for years. I recently moved and couldn't find any of my thermal grease after I'd taken my cooler off to clean and replace the thermal grease because temps were getting quite high. It lowered temps about 20*C over the crusted on garbage that was on this old PC I'm using. Worked fine for 3 days while I waited to get some Arctic Silver MX-4 from Amazon (perils of living in a small town). Was surprised how small effect on temps was going from toothpaste to MX-4 as well. Only lowered temps 3-6*C under full load burn testing. Just thought some might find it interesting.