Originally Posted by RavageTheEarth
Hey guys so as some of you know I am going to be replacing my MOBO soon with an ASUS MVF, but I just have one question. So when I take my CPU out do I have to take the IHS off and clean all of the CLU off of it? Or could I just kind of see if any stuck to the heatsink and then kind of brush a little more on the spots missing on the IHS and go over the old CLU to make a nice layer again and just clean the heatsink? I'm just wondering because it's going to be a little scary cleaning the CLU off with the IHS on the PCB because the IHS is going to move around and it will be scary taking the IHS off and leaving the bare die open to the dangers of the world haha.
I would be interested to know how it turn out. I have two MVF boards and don't have any of the issues you have reported, so it will be nice to know if the board has something do with it. The only problem is the Asus bios bug, but a new version should be out soon. When you encounter the bug it only takes a few minutes to fix, so it is not a big deal, just annoying.
Just follow Swag's guide to overclock your chip with the MVF, it has everything you need. You shouldn't have any problems at all, but if you have any questions just post them in the guide and someone will help you with whatever you need.
CLU can be reused the same day, maybe the next, but not weeks later. It starts to harden, and you can see and feel the roughness of it when you pull off the heatsink after it has been there awhile. You can see in the pics I posted here what it looks like when it sets, but it can be cleaned off.
Taking off the IHS is no big deal, and you will need to do so for optimal results. Just be careful, and prepare like you would if you were going to delid. Cleaning CLU off the die is easy since it is not metal, but you may need some metal polish and a decent amount of time to clean it off the top and bottom of the IHS. Since you are going to use CLU again, you don't have too make it look perfect, you just have to make it perfectly smooth. You don't want bits of hardened CLU to prevent a match between the surfaces. Hope that helps.