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 09/14/2005 09:22 PM
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My CPU was at 100% usage for the last 5 days (SETI and climateprediction, if you must know) and I noticed that tough the ambient temperature hasn't increased significantly (if at all), 5 days ago my CPU's max temp was 47ºC and it slowly raised to 53ºC this evening. I shut it down for a couple of hours and now it's idling at 47ºC. My other components' temperatures (HDD, northbridge) returned to their normal temp values.
I'm using Artic Silver 5 and a Zalman 7000B Cu. Could the thermal compound have deteriorated somehow? I realized a couple of weeks later after I installed the cooler (+-3 months ago) that I had used too much AS5 (the layer was fairly thick).
Should I reapply it, using much less compound this time?

If it is any useful information, my PC case is open for about 1 month, but I doubt that in the last 5 days dust has accumulated exponentially...

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 09/14/2005 10:39 PM
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QUOTE(CoolDudePT @ Sep 14 2005, 09:22 PM)Should I reapply it, using much less compound this time?
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Won't hurt if you are careful. Carefully clean both contact surfaces. If there is buildup on your cooler's contact surface, use a very fine sanding to clean it off. Artic silver is conductive (voids AMD's warranty) so don't get any over the pin area of your processor. The amount of compound used should be about the size of a rice grain. Place in the center of your processor's contact area. Mount your cooler with light pressure and, as you tighten further, stop at intervals and twist the cooler back and forth (usually very little play) to spread the compound out. Make it tight.


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 09/14/2005 11:12 PM
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Yep, also you can check on arctic silver's website if you want to see pictures of the directions.

On a side note, I have the same processor as you, so hopefully I can get my load temp about the same as yours after I get my new mobo and use some AS5.

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 09/15/2005 07:28 AM
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QUOTE(thespin @ Sep 15 2005, 03:39 AM)Carefully clean both contact surfaces.  If there is buildup on your cooler's contact surface, use a very fine sanding to clean it off. [right][snapback]503120[/snapback][/right]


I think I'll do it tomorrow, when I'll add some hardware, remove unneeded one and install XP64.
As for cleaning, i'm hoping ArtiClean will do the trick /smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' />

I was hoping AS5 would be somewhat more "resistant", as 5 days of 100% had its toll on the compound, no matter the amount applied.

Thanks!

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 09/15/2005 01:57 PM
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Your rise in temps. sound more like erroneous application of the Artic Silver 5. I use it on all of my boxes, 3 Athlon XP 3200+'s, one FAH 100%, SETi 100%, the other United Devices 100% for over two years. My temps only change with ambient, otherwise very consistent. I also blow the dust out on occasion, as it can affect HS efficiency. You should have actually seen your avg. temps go down a few degrees as the system settled, not increase.

On you Athlon 64...you may need a little more than a rice pellet. That amount is for a Barton etc.

A very smooth very thin layer is all you need. As stated above, go to their site...has worked for me.

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According to the AS website, for Athlon 64's you apply the compound only in the center of the heatspreader and heat and pressure will spread the compound out so it covers most of the heatspreader.

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1 GB PC3200 ram @ DDR400, 80 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA HD
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Powercolor)
400W FSP power supply, NEC ND-3540A DVD burner
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