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Topic Title: Question about Artic Silver and HSF /w Thermal Pad
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Created On: 02/09/2005 06:16 PM
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 02/09/2005 06:16 PM
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Ity-Bity
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My motherboard decided to take a crap on me (MSI K8T Neo2 Platinum) and I had to take off my stock HSF and AMD Athlon 64 3800+ so I could RMA it. I just got it back today and started reading the Arctic Silver instructions ( http://www.arcticsilver.com/ar...ver_...nstructions.htm' ">http://www.arcticsilver.com/ar...ilver_instructions.htm ) and I came across this tidbit:
QUOTE If your heatsink has a thermal 'pad' mounted on it, this pad must be removed before using Arctic Silver thermal compound. Thermal pads are made with paraffin wax that melts once it gets hot. When it melts, it will fill in the microscopic valleys in the heatsink with wax. To minimize the permanent contamination of the mounting surface with wax, the thermal pad should be removed before it is used and melted. Never use heat or hot water to remove the pad, the heat will melt the wax into the heatsink.

Obviously I have already used my stock HSF with the thermal pad and this seems to suggest that I cannot use Arctic Silver because of this. Can I just scrape off the thermal pad residue and clean my HSF with nail polish remover or do I have to buy a new HSF?

Thanks.

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 02/09/2005 07:09 PM
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Athlon 64s do not use a thermal pad. Instead they have a pre-applied layer of thermal grease. You need to clean the old grease off of the CPU and HSF using 90%+ Isopropyl alcohol.

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Ok, cool, I just got some 91% Rubbing Alcohol and 100% cotton swabs. Time to get down and dirty.

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