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Applying Thermal Gel

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aerain, Dec 17, 2001.

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  1. aerain

    aerain Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I just bought an Athlon XP 1800+, an ASUS A7V266-E MB, and a CPU Cooler/fan that came with Thermal Gel. Any idea how much I should apply the thermal gel to the CPU with out damaging it? Or is it even really necessary?
     
  2. Rockn

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    get a matchbook cover and put a small dab on the die (silver cover that covers the core) and spread it evenly back and forth untol the die is coverec evenly with no bubbles in the gel. Put the heat sink on exactly where it will sit on the die as to not squish it all over the processor. Secure the sink and fan and you are good to go.
     
  3. aerain

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    Thanks for replying quickly, Rockn! I will do that when I get home!
     
  4. brianF

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    A very thin layer, you only want enough to fill the small voids between the two metals. I generally apply a small amount and then wipe it smooth with the edge of a playing card. Too little or too much both hamper performance.

    Once you get it applied, seat the heatsink and give it a couple of slow twists to further spread the material.

    Locked the heatsink in place and physically look at it from all sides to make sure you don't see any lite or voids between the cpu core and the heatsink.

    If your using silver filled grease be carefull not to spread it around, it can cause shorting to other components near by.

    too late, rockn was quicker :)
     
  5. aerain

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    Thanks for the reply, brianF! More information, all the better!
     
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