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How easy is it to crush AMD die?

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December 19, 2002 11:27:14 PM

Just installed a stock heatsink on to an XP 2100+ with very thin layers of thermal gunk on each piece. Can I sleep easy tonight, or have I crushed the poor thing?

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December 19, 2002 11:32:09 PM

Why do you think it is crushed?

<b>(<font color=yellow>as good as it looks</font color=yellow>)</b>
December 19, 2002 11:39:51 PM

The sink should clamp down pretty hard and if you did not spread your paste evenly, or put on too much (even though you might think it was just a little :)  ), it will squish out the sides. Just watch your CPU temps carefully and you will know very quickly whether you istalled it correctly or not.
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December 19, 2002 11:47:03 PM

I used one of CoolerMaster's templates for the sink and the layer of gunk of the die was almost transparent; there isn't much of a cushion really. Anyway; it just seems rather odd to rely on the sink/retaining clip being made properly instead of some fine thumbscrew clamp thing with lots of feedback.
December 20, 2002 2:29:27 PM

If you install the HSF normally there is almost no risc. But if you start swinging the HSF side to side and that kind of things when installed your core can easely break at the edges.

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December 21, 2002 4:30:18 AM

no. A very thin layer of thermal grease is GOOD.

The gunk is just mean to fill the microscopic gaps, not act as an inch thick buffer.
And if you installed the heatsink correctly you should have zero problems.

<b><font color=purple>[Rik_]</font color=purple> I wonder how many people have made their own phasechange system?
<font color=blue>[LHGPooBaa]</font color=blue> I get phasechange whenever i eat a hot chillie :lol:  </b>
December 21, 2002 11:22:57 AM

Heh - I just heard a nasty crunch noise, but it must have been the latch grinding on the socket plastic.

Anyway, it's running now and I have a heartbeat - I removed the metal grills on my four fan holes (Aopen H600A is a super budget case) and the CPU is idling at 40 degrees (C) according to the MSI board (case temp is 25 degrees (C)).
December 21, 2002 9:16:18 PM

well if its working then yes!

Good temps you have there man. well done. Enjoy

<b><font color=purple>[Rik_]</font color=purple> I wonder how many people have made their own phasechange system?
<font color=blue>[LHGPooBaa]</font color=blue> I get phasechange whenever i eat a hot chillie :lol:  </b>
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