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Topic Title: Did I damage my fan's heatsink?
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Created On: 05/26/2004 07:34 PM
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 05/26/2004 07:34 PM
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Desert_Eagle25
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I just recently bought an AMD Athlon XP 2500 1833 Mhz. I opened up the box and read the instruction pretty carefully, step-by-step, not assuming anything. Then I reads the instructions indicating that a sticker would be on the heatsink, yet I didn't see any. So I used my finger nail and scratched the soft-plaster-like gray patch, discovering I could easily mark it and scratch it. Now in the manual the pictures provided aren't very detailed and doesn't show what the heatsink looks like. I believe I scatched my heatsink pretty bad (just a scratch from my nail, pretty long and deep though, right in the center area). I was wondering if I could still use it, and if not, could I go trade it in or something?

My processor is fine, It's just I think I messed my heatsink up on the fan
 05/26/2004 07:45 PM
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not too confident that it will work but try applying thermal paste to the base of the heatsink and level off the paste in the scratch marks then try to mount it in the usual way

its pretty safe to say that the store will not take it back if you have caused the damage to it yourself

failing all this i think the only option you have is to buy a new heatsink and fan or just the heatsink

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 05/26/2004 10:06 PM
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Desert_Eagle25,

Did you buy your CPU as a "Retail" or "boxed" version, complete with a nice thin-fin copper heatsink?
I think you did.
If so, no prob... what you have 'scratched' is the 'thermal pad' that's attached to the bottom, middle, of the HS.
They used to ship these with a piece of tape ( the 'sticker' ), protecting the 'thermal pad' but lately have been using a plastic 'cup' that protects the whole bottom of the HS, because people weren't reading the instructions, and removing the 'sticker' before installing the HS.
The 'thermal pad' is designed to melt in the heat from the processor and conform exactly to the shape of the 'die' in the center of the CPU.
It will, but don't remove it to check... the 'thermal pad' is designed for 'one-use-only'... you put it on, and you leave it there.

So if the answer to my first question was 'Yes', then you have nothing to worry about.

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 05/27/2004 12:30 AM
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*whew* yea, theres a large plastic cup covering the entire bottom, and the thermal pad looks pretty large and removable, as the sides are a little bevelled out. Thanks for the help, sensei milt
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