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4930K Whats Up With The Hole?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
After a few days on anticipation I received my Intel 4930k only to find a hole in the heat sink! I know the heat sink is suppose to have the hole but what is the reasoning behind the hole? I tried googling it but didn't have any luck at all except for pictures of the CPU. Also since there is a hole in the heat sink is there a new way to apply thermal grease and I take it these CPU's can not be lapped anymore. Thanks in advance for answering a couple dumb questions of mine guys!
post #2 of 4
It's drilled in the top to let gases escape when they "glue/Solder" the IHS to the chip. Intel has said that it is fine if thermal paste get's into the hole. It won't hurt the chip or cause it to short circuit.


There you go smile.gif And no just do either the rice grain/dot/ smear it yourself/line or any other methods you want for the thermal grease!
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the ONLY reply lol. Anyone else? Has anyone lapped one of these yet?
post #4 of 4
At first i didn't notice the hole, when i saw it i thought "what the heck?" and thought that it's dirt which have somehow came from somewhere. Didn't look at it that carefully and the lighting isn't that good in the room, so i tried to clean it off with a cleaning liquid, then i noticed that it's a hole, so i got scared that some of the cleaning liquid might have fallen down into the hole.
But now i don't need to worry since it's fine if thermal paste goes into the hole.

Why haven't previous CPUs had this hole..
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