I would change the paste and run some tests. If it's just cosmetic and not actually impacting performance then I don't see a reason to change it.
Already done with Liquid Metal conductonaut... I can keep my CPU below 90 but my GPU hits 80 and causes throttling when playing Apex. Very annoying 😞
How much throttling though? With a laptop you're always going to hit either power or thermal limits due to the form factor. It's a concern if it's excessive compared to other similar examples though.
It's going to be kinda hard to find a replacement since it's a new model. In a few months you should see them popping up on aliexpress.
Replace the thermal paste since you're already at it. Can't really tell just by looking at the picture but the heat pipe is only dented or pinched? If it's only a dent I don't think it would affect cooling performance.
Its best described as a pinch, not completely restrictive but no doubt impedes airflow, which given how much heat these units throw, isn't good.
Air doesn't flow through those pipes. It's just a liquid vapor that travels from one end to the other when the pipe heats up and cools down, basically.
If it's not totally pinched, it should be fine.
Wow, interesting. Good to know. I actually think I have discovered something else which has totally cured my FPS throttling problem. I am going to continue to monitor as I play Apex as testing.