Lapping is the process of sanding and polishing the HSF and CPU surface to get most of the imperfections out of the surface...it can be tedious...and it can be difficult for some people.
@amd655-->damn, cool your jets Turbo....I think he's gonna handle it.
@TurkzZ-->A layer of paste about the thickness of a piece of paper is all your gonna need...to much paste causes poor heat tranfer....it can also get all over the MOBO which if it is a conductive paste ...can ruin your board...ala "shorted"
this can also break the cpu if you bend any pins.
also a 955 does not need lapping for 3.2ghz
Where did you come up with the bending pins thing?....I hope the OP will take the time to research lapping if he deems it fit
If you want the best cooling possible lapping is the only way to go...It may or may not be nessacery depending on how out of wack the HSF surface is...CPU can be pretty botched up too...it just depends really...Just because he's at stock clocks doesn't mean that its got perfect surfaces....
Yeah...OK...I have lapped two and I have three unlapped right now....My lapped firstname.lastname@example.org-->1.49v running a Corsair H50 also lapped never exceeds 47c under 100% load as per prime95...Whereas my unlapped email@example.com--->1.5v with an unlapped Corsair H60 reaches a max temp of 54c as per prime95...So the proof is in the pudding, so to speak
yes very true but i rekon its his thermal pasting badness lol
Seeing as how he didn't crash out at those temps...Sensors could play role in this as well..I have seen some boards sending wrong temp reading....until I did a BIOS update...just a fore thought...amd655-->did mention it may be a sensor back up the page