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Thermal grease in heat spreader hole

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December 18, 2003 4:57:04 PM

So, I'm swapping out the HSF on my P4, and when I go to clean off the old thermal compound, I notice that some of it is caked in the heat spreader air-hole. Is it dangerous to leave old thermal compound in this hole before applying fresh compound? If so, how do I get it out?

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December 18, 2003 6:08:20 PM


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December 18, 2003 11:18:53 PM

It's ruined, send it to me!

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December 19, 2003 2:23:46 AM

You're fine. The heatspreader hole is there simply to allow the epoxy (between heatspreader and die) to cure.

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