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Old 27th January, 2002, 07:39 AM
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Thermal Interface Material

Is the Intel HSF thermal interface material worth keeping or should I scrape that crap off and and squirt on the Arctic Silver?
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Old 27th January, 2002, 08:11 AM
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Re: Thermal Interface Material

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Is the Intel HSF thermal interface material worth keeping or should I scrape that crap off and and squirt on the Arctic Silver?
On which particular chip and at what speed and voltage? The Silver is always better, the only question is do you need the extra benefit? With AMD the answer is "Yes", with Intel the answer is "Maybe. What are your specs?"
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Old 27th January, 2002, 08:15 AM
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right now i'm runnin a 1.8GHz P4 1.75v at regular voltage and everything.. 512 ram if that makes any difference.. when I OC it later i'm going to switch from the stock fan and go with a swiftec or somethin..
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All of my modern Intel info is second hand but hopefully someone else can step up with an offering of advice. Hello? BUMP?


Btw: What temps do you currently have? (chip and board, idle and load)
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Old 27th January, 2002, 08:47 AM
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well I haven't set up this one yet.. this is my first 1.8 P4 retail.. all my other comps I have used AS and not the regular thermal paste.. This time I got the intel heatsink with the black crap already on it and was thinkin that the AS was better..
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It usually (if not always) is. If you plan to overclock it at some point in the future and you already have the Silver on hand I would suggest you go with it. Besides, when you scrape the gum off you may find that the sink bottom is rough and needs lapping. If you leave it on you'll never know.
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Old 27th January, 2002, 08:57 AM
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True.. and if the gum is allowed to heat up and sit on the chip, it'll be a pain to clean off later..

Thanx eobard! You've been of great help!
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If you already have the AS then I say go for it, it can only improve things (unless done wrong).
My only concern would be the warranty.
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Old 27th January, 2002, 05:17 PM
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After my P3E 550 died(it just didn't like being OC'd. And I hadn't learned that even though the FC-PGA's ran cooler than their older relatives, they needed better cooling) I discovered that it had "RB" in its SSpec. Saints be praised! I'd bought it as an OEM processor.

I never ran it with Intel's HSF---because I never had one! Don't sweat it that a phase change pad is not stuck to it. I RMA'd the P3E 550 and sent only the CPU, no sweat.
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Get the as on, can only do good, if you lap anything I think you can kiss good buy to the warranty though so may be a good idea to run the chip as is to make sure it is ok then remove and reseat the hs.
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I tend to remove the standard thermal "chewing gum" as a matter of course - it always seems to have a load of crud (dust, hairs etc) stuck in it. Not good for heat flow

Or is that just the sign of a dirty room?
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Kaitain, remember the toothpaste idea? if u get the chance try it!

standard heatsink chewing gum, vs REAL chewing gum (pre chewed and fresh) toothpaste, and silicon and silver grease.....

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Definitely use AS or some other variant (AS2, Alumina, CoolingFlow, etc.)
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Installing new HEAT SYNC?

Rule #1 TAKE OFF thermal pad!!
#2 LAP IT!!
#3 check for good lapping
#4 Apply ASII
#5 Install heat sync CORRECTLY!!
Any question see rule #1

Just a thought that I had the other day. I assume that by us taking off and putting back on our heat sync's we might make the tention of the clip weak. Has anyone ever check this? I guess it would be a good idea to bend the clip some before you reinstall.

Just a thought.

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Also how you you know ho much to bend the clip???
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The clips are spring steel, will last forever!

Robbie, why lap is its ok to start with? (most alpha sinks and ALL swiftech?)
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A new complication arises. According to Cole's post in "AMD Motherboards and CPU's" of Jan 25, the Athlon XP's can bend. Resulting in poor CPU/HSF contact. For this reason, leaving the gummy phase change pad in place may be a good idea.
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