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Is it safe to touch a CPU with your finger?

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I was always under the assumption that the content between the base of the CPU and the base of the heatsink should be as clean as possible, with no dust, foregin contaminants, and in this case, skin cells.

When I built my sig rig and my client build, I installed the CPU in an isolated environment with gloves on so there was minimal "junk" on the CPU.

Then I watch videos on YouTube of someone using his bare hands to install the CPU, and not only that, openly tapping the CPU with his finger.

Maybe I'm wrong or just OCD, but is it really safe to be touching something as delicate as a CPU with your bare hands?
post #2 of 30
You can but why would you?


Make sure your hands are clean and there shouldn't be a problem.
post #3 of 30
It's safe to touch it but you might wanna clean it off with some 90% isopropyl afterwards
    
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I was always under the assumption that the content between the base of the CPU and the base of the heatsink should be as clean as possible, with no dust, foregin contaminants, and in this case, skin cells.

When I built my sig rig and my client build, I installed the CPU in an isolated environment with gloves on so there was minimal "junk" on the CPU.

Then I watch videos on YouTube of someone using his bare hands to install the CPU, and not only that, openly tapping the CPU with his finger.

Maybe I'm wrong or just OCD, but is it really safe to be touching something as delicate as a CPU with your bare hands?

Yes, you can touch it. The actual CPU is under the die.
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In that case I'm just OCD.
post #6 of 30
Just dont touch the bottom of the cpu where the pins is you could bend them if it's an amd or where the motherboard pins do contact with the cpu (intel).
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The metal top with the cpu model/ revision, etc. is really just a heat spreader for the actual silicon underneath it, I don't see any problem in touching it as long as you've recently cleaned your hands in some way.
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In my non-technical opinion, the back should be fine unless your hands are oily/dirty. The pins side, no.
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post #9 of 30
Maybe they're not as delicate as you think?
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post #10 of 30
What you would actually be touching is the heat spreader, its a metal plate that covers the CPU die itself.
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