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Removing spacers between fan and heatsink, good idea?

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My Phenom II 560 BE runs HOT

I'm sure I had too much TIM applied, so I took it apart today and cleaned it all up, I'm about to reinstall it all with the TIM correctly applied. However, there are spacers for the screws on my heatsink fan that make it sit about 1/4 inch or higher above the heatsink.

Has anyone experienced better transfer with these spacers removed? Seems to me the gap is letting the CFM's of the fan be effectively used up to some degree in that space between the heatsink and the fan.
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post #2 of 6
I think its just for vibration / noise. If you take it off it might be noisier...
You could just get a bit of tape or something and go around the gap, my friend did that and apparently it helped his temps a bit..
    
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post #3 of 6
Probably reduces the deadspot as well, you'll most likely get better temps with them on. Putting tape around may help also.
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i agree, use the tape idea. It works good, my bro used to do that with the Hyper 212+ that I now use.
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Oooh I never thought of that, I should get the same effect but still get the benefit of those spacers

Thank you so much you guys. Sometimes the simplest things can be overlooked so easily
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Originally Posted by DizturbedOne View Post
Oooh I never thought of that, I should get the same effect but still get the benefit of those spacers

Thank you so much you guys. Sometimes the simplest things can be overlooked so easily
I agree. Ive done it too many times...
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