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Solved: AMD Athlon 64 X2 and heatsink

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thechanmane, Feb 4, 2007.

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  1. thechanmane

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    This should be a simple question for anyone with experience installing/uninstalling an AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor with the retail heatsink. Recently, i my motherboard crashed (Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe) and i decided to RMA it. In the process of disassembling my system, i ran into trouble removing the heatsink and CPU from the motherboard. I understand perfectly how the locking mechanism works on the heatsink and i performed the correct process to remove it from the CPU/motherboard, but i was unable to free it from the CPU. Basically what appears to have happened is the thermal paste (stock thermal pad) on the heatsink melted during the daily use of my computer and "glued" the heatsink to the top of my CPU. When i pulled the heatsink from the motherboard, the CPU inadvertently came with it (attached to the bottom of the heatsink). My question is, should i be concerned with damage to the CPU and how can separate the two? There appears to be no damage to the CPU (besides that it's stuck to the heatsink), but I'm concerned that separating the two will damage both. Any advice, help, or suggestions would greatly be appreciated, thanks in advance!
     
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    The stock heatsink has a wax based thermal pad,
    If you can warm it up gently with a hairdrier and at the same time gently twisting the heatsink it should come apart.
    When you reinstall use thermal grease ( Artic Silver 5 )
    http://www.arcticsilver.com/instructions.htm
     
  3. thechanmane

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    Thanks a lot for the quick info. I will try this out and post an update with how things go.

    UPDATE: I just finished cleaning the old thermal paste from the CPU and heatsink; they separated beautifully! Thanks again for the quick info.
     
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