Originally posted by: sseligson
when you say a cover. There is plastic that cover the whole entire bottom of the chipset but that is it. Does not look like there is a cover on the therml pad istelf. Woud it helo at all to get artic silver?
Shoudl I clean the pad with alcholo before installing?
No, DO NOT CLEAN OFF THIS PAD. Remove the large plastic cover. The gray pad you see is a sticky substance. This is your thermal pad. Once your CPU is installed, place the heatsink on the CPU and latch it on per the instructions. That substance will spread and with use, will cook a bit until the appropriate thermal properties are obtained.