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The importance of cleaning old TIM!

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I was building a clevo laptop for a friend, and learned an important lesson about cleaning the heatsink properly before putting on the thermal paste (seems obvious, but keep reading). The heatsink comes with some pre-applied no-name stuff on it. I cleaned that up with Arctic Clean solution, but I made a bit of a mistake. I used a not-quite-clean cloth when finishing the cleaning, and I also figured the brand new cpu didn't really need cleaning; it looked good to me, but the results were clearly not not good. I proceeded to very carefully apply MX-4 as always.
Prime 95 temps after about 30 seconds - 97 degrees stun.gif

Remove the heatsink and see that the paste was spread very well, clean everything very thoroughly, carefully apply MX-4 as always.
Prime 95 temps after quite some time - mid 80's. Not bad for a laptop.

I learned my lesson about properly cleaning the heatsink and processor, I just had no idea it could make that much difference. Now the laptop idles with its fan off most of time. Crazy.
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Cloth? Coffee filterers are lint free and soft.
Edited by billbartuska - 10/24/13 at 2:54pm
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Cloth? Coffee filterers are lint free and soft.
Ooh I like that suggestion. I'd been using paper towel, then a lens cleaning cloth, but that sounds easier.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Intel 520 SSD 240GB Bluray / DVD combo Win 7 Home 64 Seasonic 550W modular 
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NZXT Vulcan 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Athlon 64 FX-55 Clawhammer Or Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester Asus A8N32 - SLI ATI Radeon X850 XT PE 
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Or MSI GeForce 210 4 x 1GB Corsair XMS 500MHz OCz Agility 2 LITE-ON DVD 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Antec Kuhler 920 Win 7 Home Premium OEM Antec High Current Pro NZXT Phantom 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-3360M @2.8-3.5GHz nVidia GT 650M @1GHz 2x4GB G.Skill 1600MHz Crucial M4 SSD 128GB 
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Retro!
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DIY Laptop
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570K @4.3GHz ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Radeon HD 7970 GHz 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 2133MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Intel 520 SSD 240GB Bluray / DVD combo Win 7 Home 64 Seasonic 550W modular 
Case
NZXT Vulcan 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Athlon 64 FX-55 Clawhammer Or Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester Asus A8N32 - SLI ATI Radeon X850 XT PE 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Or MSI GeForce 210 4 x 1GB Corsair XMS 500MHz OCz Agility 2 LITE-ON DVD 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Antec Kuhler 920 Win 7 Home Premium OEM Antec High Current Pro NZXT Phantom 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-3360M @2.8-3.5GHz nVidia GT 650M @1GHz 2x4GB G.Skill 1600MHz Crucial M4 SSD 128GB 
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