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post #1 of 14
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is lapping just sanding ur headsink down so that it gives a mirrior finish and gives better temps or is it actually customizising ur fan and heatsink? i have no idea cuz i wanna lap my tuniq tower if i can...
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post #2 of 14
makes it smoother and mirror finish thats all and improves temps makes the base thinner
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oh ok, i thought it was that.. umm what kind of sand paper do i use? do i use the rough mustard colour paper or the smoother black sand paper?
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post #4 of 14
go from about low grit to high grit and clean it off in between every once and a while and go all the way up to at least 2000 grit
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post #5 of 14
You start with around 400 then go up to atleast 1500. 2000 would be much better and the 1 mircon stuff would be even better.
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http://www.overclock.net/other-cooli...lapping-2.html
check that thread it discusses it pretty well
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post #7 of 14
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yeh i seen that thread.. but if i start on low grit and move up 2 high grit wont it be kinda rough with alot of scratches??
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u move up gradualy
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post #9 of 14
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oh ok fair enough, also after i lap the ihs and heatsink.. when i apply the ac5 do i just put a drop and then put heatsink on or do i put a drop and rub it so its all over the ihs? or just put it on with the drop? hope that makes sense lol
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post #10 of 14
You can do it either way. they say it's better to just put a bb on, and then let the weight of the heatsink, and the retention clips do the work (spreading it) but if you think it's not going to spread for some reason, then you can spread it out, and then put the heatsink on
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