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Hey guys, this is probably a dumb question and it's probably not an issue as Im guessing something like this uses thermal tape and not paste. But its making me a little nervous so I figured better safe then sorry so i should double check.

I was packaging up my old x58a-ud3r for sale and shipping and I was holding onto this part (mosfet heatsink i think it is but not positive) lightly and it lifted up a tiny bit maybe 1/4 inch at most. The plastic things that hold it in arent very tight anyway. Does this use thermal paste? If it does im concerned i broke the seal and its going to affect the temps. Here's a couple pictures. Thanks.



    
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It could be a cause for concern, depending on what kind of thermal interface it has. It's more of a thumb rule, not exact science. To explain: it must be a thermal paste/tape that makes the interface between the chips and the heatsink; if that something is a hard greyish goo that only insures the thermal transfer while it's firmly pressed down - since you have pulled the heatsink from the chips this contact has been broken and it's unlikely that it stuck back into place properly due to the hardness of the paste. If it's a softer more liquid paste, than likely when you had let go of the heatsink, it was pressed back, reseated in a reasonably good position and you can go on using it without much worry (though I'd still keep an eye on the VRM temps a while).

For safety you could remove the heatsink just to see what hides beneath and if it's a hard paste to replace it with something else.

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Dragosmp nailed it.

In my own experience, I've done that many many times on many boards, never any dramas.
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If its enough of a concern I only have a small amount of mx3 paste left, perhaps enough for 1 cpu application, Would that likely not be sufficient for this purpose?

I have to send it out in a few hours to the guy that bought it from me off ebay. Don't want to take the heatsink off if my small remaining mx3 wont be enough coverage lol

Oh crap and that reminds me. Like a noob I forgot to reset my bios to default. And I had a 3.8ghz OC with 1.2v applied redface.gif
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Ok I took the board out and took a close look without removing the HS. The heaksinks got a long soft black piece of thermal tape (assuming its thermal tape, quite sure) between the board/vrms and heatsink.

I should be safe right?
    
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I wouldn't worry about it too much - you're good to go. thumb.gif

Don't yank on it too much though. (Or the heatsink, either).
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