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ASUS Passive NB Coolers - Do they use thermal pads or TIM?

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The NB heatsink on my motherboard is not very secure - using only two 'push pins' with springs to keep it attached. Needless to say exchanging video cards in and out and other various maintenance tasks and I have managed to nudge it enough that I believe the contact it's making is less than ideal.

So I'm thinking of stripping everything down and removing the motherboard so I can detach the heatsink and either reapply TIM or replace the thermal pad but I don't know which they use. I'm also going to add some thin rings to give the springs more pressure tightening the sink down better once I reattach it. It's an ASUS M4A78T-E.

Anyone know if it's a thermal pad or TIM or what is used in general for NB heatsinks that are passively cooled? I could just take it off but then I'd have to go out and buy stuff and I'd rather I buy something now so it's ready to be replaced ASAP (unless of course it's just TIM which I have plenty of).
    
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i am not 100% but i would think pads
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i am not 100% but i would think pads

I'm thinking the same thing but hopefully someone will give me insight from past experience/knowledge. I've never had a passive heatsink so poorly attached before or without a chipset fan attached. I would just attach a chipset fan but I'd rather not make screw marks into the heatsink for the sake of any kind of resale. biggrin.gif
    
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every NB I've pulled the HS off has a heavily applied gooey TIM... ans it's a PITA to clean off cold.

Not sure if every company uses the stuff though.
intel, Gigabyte and Biostar use it...lol
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Well i took off the passive nb cooler on my a8n32-sli to check (i know it's not exactly new) and it's a paste. I also have a m4a that i talked to a customer service when i had issues with heat on the nb, and he said i could replace the paste if my warranty was no longer valid. So i assume since both of my experiences with asus boards are a paste, it's paste smile.gif

However, i'm sure you could use either pads or paste to your choosing. I think it's generally accepted that paste works better though. The only reason i could see using pads over paste is if there is somewhat of a space between the HS, and the nb chip.

So to be clear, my 2 experiences are asus boards use paste on nb.
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Well i took off the passive nb cooler on my a8n32-sli to check (i know it's not exactly new) and it's a paste. I also have a m4a that i talked to a customer service when i had issues with heat on the nb, and he said i could replace the paste if my warranty was no longer valid. So i assume since both of my experiences with asus boards are a paste, it's paste smile.gif

However, i'm sure you could use either pads or paste to your choosing. I think it's generally accepted that paste works better though. The only reason i could see using pads over paste is if there is somewhat of a space between the HS, and the nb chip.

So to be clear, my 2 experiences are asus boards use paste on nb.

Thanks for this, appreciate it. thumb.gif
    
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