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Created On: 05/28/2004 08:03 PM
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 05/28/2004 08:03 PM
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hello, I had to RMA my motherboard which involved removing the heatsink and CPU. Now I have to reinstall them, but the AMD installation guide says to use a "fresh thermal pad." Where do I get these thermal pads?

Also, I was wondering if I should use Arctic Silver instead of a thermal pad. Would this void my warranty? If it's significantly better AND it doesn't void my warranty, I might use it, unless there's other reasons not to. Are there?


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Unfortunately, any use of grease or paste will void the warranty, but Compusa does have replacement pads if you are in the USA:

http://www.compusa.com/product...t_in...8621&pfp=BROWSE' ">http://www.compusa.com/product...code=288621&pfp=BROWSE

It's a 3 pack, so you don't have to reorder any time you remove the HSF.

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 05/28/2004 08:57 PM
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QUOTE (wuziq @ May 28 2004, 04:03 PM) hello, I had to RMA my motherboard which involved removing the heatsink and CPU. Now I have to reinstall them, but the AMD installation guide says to use a "fresh thermal pad." Where do I get these thermal pads?

Also, I was wondering if I should use Arctic Silver instead of a thermal pad. Would this void my warranty? If it's significantly better AND it doesn't void my warranty, I might use it, unless there's other reasons not to. Are there?


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Arctic Silver is SIGNIFCANTLY better than the wax pads that AMD specifies as their standard cooling solution. However, the use of it will void your warranty as mentioned.

Clean the mating surfaces (CPU die and heatsink, preferrably removing aforementioned CPU from socket prior to cleaning) prior to mounting the new pad and the 'sink.

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 05/28/2004 09:02 PM
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ok.. well, i don't want to void my warranty just yet.. so i think i'll get a thermal pad. should i worry about differences between pads? i'm kinda iffy about compusa.. how about this? thermal pads from performance-PCs.com' ">http://www.performance-pcs.com...b9eff39ced2f2dc6fa1399


thanks again..
 05/28/2004 10:22 PM
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Looks like the real deal to me!

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 05/29/2004 01:52 AM
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QUOTE (wuziq @ May 28 2004, 05:02 PM) ok.. well, i don't want to void my warranty just yet.. so i think i'll get a thermal pad. should i worry about differences between pads? i'm kinda iffy about compusa.. how about this? thermal pads from performance-PCs.com' ">http://www.performance-pcs.com...b9eff39ced2f2dc6fa1399


thanks again..
Them's fine.

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