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Apogee GT Bowed Baseplate ?

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i am currently running an athlon 64 x2 3800+ cpu and i just noticed in my apogee gt's instructions that using the bowed baseplate method increases cooling capacity.....with this processor , would this be a viable performance gain for me ?
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Yes, you may see 1-3C improvement... but there are too many variable to say for sure.
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so contact with only the center of the die is better than full contact all around ?
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so contact with only the center of the die is better than full contact all around ?
The metal top of your CPU is not the die... it is the intergrated heat spreader (IHS). The die is under it at the center and takes up only a small space. The bowing helps to make sure that the center has the most pressure and counteract the slight warping that occurs since your mounts are at the edges.
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so contact with only the center of the die is better than full contact all around ?
The IHS may be bowed as well. If its concave, then a convex waterblock will offer superior contact all around. If the IHS is flat or convex then having a bowed waterblock will put more pressure in the middle where the actual silicon chip is, creating better contact at the hottest point.
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thanks for the replies fellas...cleared up a lot... im gonna bow it...now if i can just get this darn o-ring to stay put.................................
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If you haven't bowed it already, be aware that once the base plate is bowed there is no going back to original.
  
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If you haven't bowed it already, be aware that once the base plate is bowed there is no going back to original.
You could always lap it?
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