What material is top part of the CPU made out of ? and why is it silver/shiny Tags: Heat CPUs Silver Last response: January 17, 2014 4:39 AM in CPUs Share PedramCarter January 17, 2014 3:26:52 AM As far as I'm aware silver is a good heat conductor, and that's bad for cpu right? I don't understand why is the top part shiny? and what material is it. More about : material top part cpu made silver shiny Reply to PedramCarter chrisso a b à CPUs January 17, 2014 3:31:02 AM The cpu gets hot, because it has a lot of electricity going through it. The metal transfers the heat to the big cooler and the fan blows it away. Otherwise the cpu would break. Reply to chrisso m 0 l PedramCarter January 17, 2014 3:36:25 AM chrisso said:The cpu gets hot, because it has a lot of electricity going through it. The metal transfers the heat to the big cooler and the fan blows it away. Otherwise the cpu would break. And what material is the "silver" made out of? is it an actual silver? or is a steel or some sort of metal? Reply to PedramCarter m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Metalrenok a b à CPUs January 17, 2014 3:58:19 AM Should be the same as the heat sinks I think, like zinc, aluminum or copper! BTW, the shiny thing its called heat spreader Reply to Metalrenok m 0 l Gaidax a b à CPUs January 17, 2014 3:58:41 AM That is most definitely not silver, my guess is steel or aluminium. Reply to Gaidax m 0 l chrisso a b à CPUs January 17, 2014 4:39:56 AM http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/277876-29-3770k-rem... It is a composit. an alloy for strength and heat conductance and it is nickel plated. Reply to chrisso m 0 l Ask the community Post an answer Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !