Newbie here. I'm in the middle of building my first system, and have a question. While installing my new HSF, some of the thermal tape seemed to "come off" onto the die while I was trying to figure out the right way to put the thing on. I just left it, got it on correctly, but now am worried that this might prevent the unit from cooling properly!
Any suggestions? Can I clean it off somehow? Should I not worry about it??
I've got an ASUS A7V333 mobo, AMD Athlon XP 2000, and a Volcano 7 HSF.
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Anyhow, you're probably okay with it the way it is. The easiest way to find out is to check the temperatures with Anus Probe or more accurately in the BIOS. If you're in the 50's C it's running a bit hot. 60 C is usually the crash point. However, to be safe I would scrape off the remaining tape from the heatsink and carefully clean the die with rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip. I use brake cleaner to thoroughly clean the heatsink. I then use steel wool to lightly polish the heatsink and use brake cleaner again to give it another cleaning. I would get a quality thermal compound like Arctic Silver III and apply it as per instructions:
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It should be fine.
thermal pads are designed to melt into place the first time you power on the PC, forming a good contact between cpu core and the heatsink.
thats the most important thing. good contact between the two.
what CAN be dangerous is removing the heatsink and putting it back on without replacing the thermal pad. as the pad has allready been melted into shape, missalignment may mean that your not getting proper cpu-heatsink contact.
so if you do want to remove the heatsink, thoroughly remove the thermal pad and apply a small amount of thermal grease to the cpu core.
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