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If you are using Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra or Indigo Xtreme, does your mobo have to be horizontal so the liquid metal doesn't drip over your hardware?
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Should be same as other TIMs once its applied and sets in with heatsink applied should move. Just make sure you do not put too much and it goes over the edge potentially getting onto socket or worse the PCB. Never used it but I would assume it is the same I do think they would sell it without saying something like that on the page you purchase it from. Only thing I see is that it is a pain to get spread evenly enough for great results.
Edited by Rick Arter - 5/11/11 at 6:12pm
    
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Well I would like to use some liquid metal TIM on my CPU. So I'm tryna find someone who had experience on using these types of TIM's on vertical mobo setup.
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With Cool Lab Liquid Pro you need to apply it with the mobo flat but after the block/heatsink is fitted you can put it vertical. It doesn't always dry though and I'm not 100% sure why but think it might be that lower temps (under maybe 65ºC) are the reason. if it does dry then it can need a good 'shove' to get the block off.

You don't need to use a lot but putting too much on could possibly cause it to drip but I've never experienced it. The main disadvantage of it is cleaning it off once applied although I've found, firstly you don't need to remove every trace and secondly that if it hasn't dried and as long as you're careful then you can replace the block without reapplying and without a loss in performance.

I've never used Indigo Extreme but the instructions are to have the board perfectly flat when applying.

EDIT: Just remembered that Liquid Ultra is supposed to be dead easy to remove.
Edited by Big Elf - 5/11/11 at 7:10pm
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Yea, I saw some vids on how to apply and remove CLU. And from what I saw, I seriously doubt that TIM will drip. So I'm glad.
Has anyone had experience with using IX on vertical mobo setups?
Edited by DigitalMonkey - 5/11/11 at 7:33pm
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I never had any dripping problems with CLP and have used it on both CPUs and GPUs, but I haven't tried the latest stuff. CLP dried out and acted like solder after some use. It actually takes some force to "Break" the CPU block off the IHS and it did require lapping of the block and IHS to get all the old stuff off completely.

I quit using it because I'm testing, but it does work really well...just a pain to put on and clean up.

I would probably consider using CLP again on an install I plan to keep going long term. I'm not doing Indigo though, I just don't care for the reflow procedure...I'm chicken..
Indigo is also pretty expensive if you change things out much. Very important that the MB is level using indigo while you reflow or it's a throw away.
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Has anyone had experience with using IX on vertical mobo setups?
The initial reflow procedure has to be performed with the CPU level in the horizontal position, but once it is done it doesn't matter what position the motherboard is operating in.
I wasted $20 worth of Indigo Xtreme because my temperature graphing software had to long of an interval between polling the core temperatures.
The reflow happened and was done so fast it didn't show on the graph, so I let it go way to long and ruined it, lol.
After I realized what happened, I blew the 2nd attempt because, I did something mind bogglingly idiotic. I stuck the stuff down on the CPU lid before I had the latch down on the CPU.
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