I installed retail kit for P4 2.8c, so I 've been told that the paste is on bottom of heatsink. I just then put heatsink onto CPU. Is there a tape or some covering to remove from this paste layer to expose it, or do I put on "as is"? Installation book does not mention removing any tape. Seems to be working alright.Thanks
If there was something to remove you would have seen it.
Intel retail boxed cpu's come with two types of thermal compound.
The Intel Heatsink Fans with the copper base come with a syringe filled with silver thermal compound that has to be spread on the cpu heatspreader.
The Intel all aluminum Heatsink Fans have a preapplied Thermal Interface Material (TIM). The TIM is not covered by any tape.
The installation book did not mention removing any tape because there is no tape to remove.
If you had to apply any thermal paste it would have been noted in the installation book.
Intel uses "thermal tape" which you dont' remove, it does the same job as paste but without the mess.
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