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Filed down my Heatsink points

So my old Heatsink had copper points sticking out of the top and I was unable to put the Side panel on

What would happen If I filed them down ?
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You would ruin your heatsink most likely. Those points are the ends of heat pipes that are filled with the heat transfer medium (some liquid I would guess)... If you filed them down; chances are they would not be hermetically sealed any more and whatever they are filled with would spill out and your temps would rise and your cpu would fry.
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I see Im glad I didnt do it - Thanks anyway (Repped)
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Your Zalman CNP10 Performa has 6mm heatpipes. The wall thickness of these heatpipes is like 1mm. At the very tip where it is sealed off, it might be a little thicker. So, if you really dare to try, perhaps 0.5mm filing off is possible, if the non-closure of the side panel is due to this tiny bit of amount. But I would still advise against it, as explained by xXSebaSXx.

If the heatpipes are damaged, the CPU will not be fried easily. It will overheat and it will throttle its speed. Alarm will sound (if your mobo has such a feature and you have enabled it). Then, the CPU/mobo safety feature would kick in and shut down the PC.

I also would not advise opening up the side panel too. It would ruin the designed airflow within your case completely. I see that your Inwin Griffin has a 220mm side panel fan but the side panel has fan mounting openings for two 120mm fans. Perhaps you can do this replacement as 120mm fans are generally not as thick as a 220mm fan. And you can also just install a 120mm fan in the lower position to avoid conflict with the cooler.
Edited by windfire - 5/28/11 at 4:01pm
post #5 of 5
As one of the above posters said. Try switching out for 120 mm fans if you can fit those great. You could try putting the fan outside,? Or if the fan is already removed drill a couple holes so that the heatpipes just stick out the side of the panel XD. That wont affect airflow much.
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