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June 9, 2003 2:56:21 PM

Okay I am building my first computer and my cpu fan has a black greasy sticker on the bottom. Is this a thermal pad?
It is an Intel fan made for a P4.
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June 9, 2003 3:04:20 PM

Yep. Usually there's a piece of plastic that needs to be peeled off first, though. Make sure you do that.
-Brett
June 9, 2003 5:31:44 PM

Yes to keep you from crushing the cpu core too
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June 9, 2003 7:13:20 PM

Sounds like a pad but they're only really good for one application. If you remove the heatsink again you'd be advised to clear the pad off and use some thermal compound.

<b>Vorsprung durch Dontwerk</b>.....<i>as they say at VIA</i>
June 10, 2003 3:44:19 AM

If I scratched the grease off in small area of the pad does it need replacing or will it still work fine?
June 10, 2003 7:10:26 PM

Yeah, you'll probably want to scrape it all off now, clean the heatsink and start over with a fresh layer of thermal paste, preferably some Arctic Silver. On the flip side, it'll run if you don't start over; The thermal pad may melt to fill in the bare spot, but to be safe, you really should start over or else you're at risk for high temps and instablilty.
-Brett
June 10, 2003 8:21:04 PM

Thanks for the help, I don't want to see my money go down the drain.
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