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Shim for Athlon XP

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October 24, 2001 1:24:20 PM

I'm ordering parts to put together a new PC for home. I've got everything I need, just waiting on a few more KT266a's to come to market and then I'll snag one and an Athlon XP 1700. My question: I've heard horror stories about Thunderbirds cracking when installing the fan/heat sink. Should I get a shim for the XP??? I have a Dragon Orb 3 cooler. Where can I get a shim that fits the XP?? I found one web site that sells them (cpufx.com) but their site sucks and I'm a bit hesitant to give my card number to them. Any suggestions...

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October 24, 2001 3:33:28 PM

huh?
they do what?

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October 24, 2001 3:43:32 PM

They crack or shatter when you attach your heatsink because of the pressure. I've read several articles on this, but am not sure if this problem is common enough to worry about. See this article http://www.cputweak.com/projects/shim/shim.html
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October 24, 2001 4:13:28 PM

The cracking would be in the ceramic housing in the processor. The new XPs have an organic housing that is probablyless likely to crack.

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October 24, 2001 4:13:32 PM

The cracking would be in the ceramic housing in the processor. The new XPs have an organic housing that is probablyless likely to crack.

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October 24, 2001 4:25:49 PM

The ceramic/organic difference is the packaging, I don't think it extends to the top of the die.

Just make sure you put the heatsink down flat, don't rock it on.

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