I'm thinking the heatsink came with a thermal pad, and that peeling stuff is the remains of the shipping film. The shipping film should have been removed before the HSF was installed, but apparently it wasn't.
Btw, it would probably work a bit better to just bump the original thread. :wink:
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there should be some kind of cream colour pad or tape at the bottom of the hsf.if there isn't any, then you should apply some yourself, use the thermal compound intruction at arcticsilver.com and get yourself some arctice silver 2, 3. but under any situation,DO NOT put the heatsink on without any heat transfer interface in between the core and the hsf.
Theres a pad on the botton of the heatsink. No need to worry if you just popped it on the processor. Theres no film or anything like that covering the thermal pad. Just make sure theres no large particles of dust/dirt on either the pad or the processors heat spreader and you're ok.