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remove thermal pad from cpu fan

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by okeee, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. okeee

    okeee Thread Starter

    May 14, 2006
    ASUS P5Q-E - LGA775 Socket
    Corsair XMS2 - 2x2GB
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 / 3 GHz
    eVGA GeForce GTX 260
    corsair 650W
    win xp sp3

    i want to replace a cpu fan from intel. it is attached with a thermal pad.

    -i have another intel fan that looks very similar to the intel fan currently installed, but i am not sure which cpu/motherboard it is from. how do i make sure if the fan is suitable?

    -can i use isopropyl (Isopropyl alcohol 99.8%, 100ml) to remove and clean the thermal parts?

    -i heard that the thermal pad is quite hard hard to remove, it is stuck to the cpu. what is the best method to remove it?

    -after i cleaned the cpu, how long do i need to dry it? i want to place another cpu fan with a thermal pad.
  2. dustyjay


    Jan 23, 2003
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    the 99% Isoprpyl alcohol will work, though I use denatured alcohol personally as it works better. Is there a specific reason for wanting to replace the HSF?
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