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Long story short, I need to put some new thermal paste to a really old P3 system, but the old stuff is pretty stubborn... parts of it were literally flaking off, but most of it is stuck to the chip pretty good. 5 minutes with denatured alcohol and the heatsink got me pretty much nowhere, so I decided to give turpentine a go and it did wonders, but I'm not sure if that stuff is safe to use on a CPU (I've seen that stuff eat away plastic containers)... anyone know? Again, this for an exposed die, no IHS.
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It will be fine. Just be sure to clean the turpentine off thoroughly afterwards.
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Originally Posted by bomfunk View Post

Long story short, I need to put some new thermal paste to a really old P3 system, but the old stuff is pretty stubborn... parts of it were literally flaking off, but most of it is stuck to the chip pretty good. 5 minutes with denatured alcohol and the heatsink got me pretty much nowhere, so I decided to give turpentine a go and it did wonders, but I'm not sure if that stuff is safe to use on a CPU (I've seen that stuff eat away plastic containers)... anyone know? Again, this for an exposed die, no IHS.

Yikes. The silicone wafer itself shouldn't have any issues, but I would tend to wonder about what else is involved there. I guess with a P3 It's not such a big deal if you do screw it up, but I'd be careful. If 5 minutes wasn't long enough for alcohol maybe an hour would be better?
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Alright, I gave it a shot of turpentine and that stuff was mostly gone in ten seconds with the aid of tissue paper, I finished it off with some alcohol to get rid of the film left and none of the parts vanished before my eyes.
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