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Old 11-05-2006, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default Processor Heatsink Thermalgrease

Is it true that if you remove a heatsink from a processor, you will have to replace the thermal grease?
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:20 AM   #2
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Yes, always.
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It's best you do so, but it's not something that is between life and death. You're not going to kill any components by not doing so, but you'll lower the thermal effectiveness of the thermal grease.
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You don't really have to, but if it's off, why not?
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:54 PM   #5
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100% agree. It's always a good thing to clean both surfaces and apply new thermal grease. If you don't then you may have air bubbles in the paste which don't conduct thermal energy and create hot spots.
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Old 11-06-2006, 07:26 PM   #6
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thanks yall, it might be a dumb question but, what do you get the thermal grease off whith without ruining the processor?
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Twist it around to get it loose then pull. Be patient with it though, don't just yank it.
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To clean the surfaces wipe with a rough cloth to get as much grease off as possible. Then clean off both surfaces with alcohol. Put grease on the cpu and spread around to cover evenly. Not too much. About a grain of rice size. Seat the heatsink on the cpu chip and give a slight twisting motion as you apply a little downward pressure. This drives out the air bubbles. Clip down the heatsink and you're done.
Oh and make sure you plug the cpu fan back to the motherboard.
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thanks yall, it might be a dumb question but, what do you get the thermal grease off whith without ruining the processor?
I just use a t-shirt and water, works fine.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:13 PM   #10
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hmm have a look here, pretty good guide on removal and application, should be applicable to all thermal grease brands:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...structions.htm
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