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What's the best way to remove a thermal pad from a new CPU cooler?

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So my Corsair H80i just came in (will put it together on Friday) and there's a thermal pad on the waterblock. What's the best way to get rid of it? I'm planning on using Arctic Silver 5 so I don't need the thermal pad.
Edited by CannedBullets - 7/8/13 at 2:54pm
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I'm not the best person to ask, but i scraped mine off with a blunted knife then cleaned the remainder off with alcohol and a paper towel. lol
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Thats pre applied thermal paste and from what ive heard its pretty good, so go ahead and use it till you need to remove the block for any reason then use your AS5. if you really need to get it off just wet a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe if off dont use anything metal cause that will scratch the block.
    
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Wipe off with isopropyl alcohol 99% and a lint free clothe.
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Thats pre applied thermal paste and from what ive heard its pretty good, so go ahead and use it till you need to remove the block for any reason then use your AS5. if you really need to get it off just wet a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe if off dont use anything metal cause that will scratch the block.

Really? I heard that the thermal pads which come with the coolers always suck because it can be low quality. Yeah I kinda want to remove the thermal pad so I can use the AS5 and tint the waterblock with AS5.
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/\ /\ This. The tim that comes pre-applied is really good ( believe it is some good shin etsu ). Just use it until you need to remove the block.
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Are there any benchmark charts which compare the H80i's pre-applied thermal pad with AS5? Also if I remove the thermal pad, would it be okay to use a paper towel with isoprobyl alcohol on it and then use a lint free cloth with alcohol? I want to use the towel to clean off most of the thermal paste and then the lint free cloth and alcohol to make sure the waterblock is as clean as possible before I tint the waterblock.
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by CannedBullets View Post

Are there any benchmark charts which compare the H80i's pre-applied thermal pad with AS5?

It'll be a difference of 1 - 2'C if there is a difference.


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Also if I remove the thermal pad, would it be okay to use a paper towel with isoprobyl alcohol on it and then use a lint free cloth with alcohol? I want to use the towel to clean off most of the thermal paste and then the lint free cloth and alcohol to make sure the waterblock is as clean as possible before I tint the waterblock.

Yes, that's fine.
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