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Topic Title: Would a scratch on surface of the processor damage its core?
Topic Summary: possible doa?
Created On: 08/05/2010 09:03 PM
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 08/05/2010 09:03 PM
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fanqi1234
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I just bought an AMD Athlon II X3 440 (retail box).
When I came back home and opened the box I found that the CPU has a "dot" on its surface. It seems like the dot is not covered by the normal paint.


see the dot near the 2D bar-code


My new motherboard is still on its way so in a few days I'll not be able to test whether this processor works or not.

Returning it would be complicated since it is from an online store.

So if it is not dead-for-sure I'll just wait for the arrival of the motherboard.


Can one tell it is dead from the surface?
 08/05/2010 09:13 PM
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I3r0k3n7FEET
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it shouldnt be a problem. but if it is then simply post it back. email where you bought it from to say it arrived damaged just to cover yourself.

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 08/06/2010 12:16 AM
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I highly doubt it would be a problem, those heat spreaders are pretty thick,
one way to find out tho, install it and fire it up if it works your good to go.

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 08/06/2010 12:35 AM
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I scratched mine a little bit and it still works



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 08/06/2010 01:54 AM
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fanqi1234
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if the shell is really thick then it wouldn't be a problem . I just don't know how deep can one dig a hole on the cpu's back without actually damaging its functionality/reliability.
 08/06/2010 11:15 PM
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I've known people to actually make a fixture to place these CPU's into a wet grinder so they could lap the surface. They'd actually remove .010-.015" of the heat spreader to ensure a perfectly smooth surface for the thermal compound. They'd lap the cooler's base to match and they would get an improved heat transfer of about 15-20%, mind you, these are liquid cooled rigs with high level overclocking going on. Just so long as that is a scratch/scrape you should be fine, if thats an impact dent there could be issues but you won't know until you try to fire it up..

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 09/01/2010 03:13 PM
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speedracer50-50
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You should be ok with what I can see!!! I have actually wet sanded a couple of my Athlon64 cpu's down so i could get the very best heat transfer possible since I was using air cooling and overclocking!!! Let me know how it workeds when you get your mobo!!!
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