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post #1 of 10
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So, I am now going to continue Project Maelstrom by lapping my Thermaltake waterblock and my new e6600 (5 days old!) I decided to do this because I had seen great results fro OCN members and figured if I was going to do it, now would be the time. I ordered a wonderful lapping kit from EasyPckits.com

I forgot to take a before picture of the waterblock before I started lapping, but it was heavily grooved and did not look smooth at all. (Thermaltake!)
Here is what it looks like after I was finished:


Here is the processor before I lapped it (just wanted to remember what it looks like)


Here is the X on the top to check and see if I was lapping it evenly.


Here is what it looks like after getting some of the heatsink worn off. You can see the corners are starting to show the copper underneath. This supports the idea that Intel makes all the Core 2's concave.


Here is a couple pictures of the finished project:

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post #2 of 10
Nice job , noticed any improvements?
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post #3 of 10
wow, that looks really shiney. when are you going to test it?
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I plan on testing it sometime early next week. I am thinking about a duct for my case (see plans) and would do that before reinstalling all this hardware.
Also, here is a link to recent case mods I have done.
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post #5 of 10
hm. i saw that duct plan of you already, but i kept wondering why you would drill an 80mm hole. no room for more? or wont you be able to mount it at the bottom of the case to get fresh air from below the case.
either way, good luck with modding and installing.
post #6 of 10
Good stuff man! I had one of those bigwater Thermaltake blocks, and that thing was rough! Let us know the temperature differences.
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post #7 of 10
how long did it take u to lap the CPU
post #8 of 10
Lapping cpus take about 10-15 minutes. Also, may i comment that the processor looks like it could be lapped a little bit more. I got a complete copper mirror finish. Im not sure if its just me, so could someone second it?
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post #9 of 10
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Lapping cpus take about 10-15 minutes. Also, may i comment that the processor looks like it could be lapped a little bit more. I got a complete copper mirror finish. Im not sure if its just me, so could someone second it?
Um, I take like 3 or more hours to lap a CPU or HS/WB. Slow and surely, steadily increasing grit from 200 to about 1200... Mirror finish doesn't mean anything if its not flat.

I find the mirror finish serves as a useful tool for gauging flatness, rather than a sign of flatness.

Use an object with straight lines and check the reflection for any distortions or flaws, these will be valleys or peaks. When the reflection shows no flaws, you're getting pretty close to flat. I always still use the razor-blade method too.



Patience young grasshopper
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Um, I take like 3 or more hours to lap a CPU or HS/WB. Slow and surely, steadily increasing grit from 200 to about 1200... Mirror finish doesn't mean anything if its not flat.

I find the mirror finish serves as a useful tool for gauging flatness, rather than a sign of flatness.

Use an object with straight lines and check the reflection for any distortions or flaws, these will be valleys or peaks. When the reflection shows no flaws, you're getting pretty close to flat. I always still use the razor-blade method too.



Patience young grasshopper

Yeh i agree, 10-15 minutes u must have lightning fast hands haha .. I usually spent bout 5-10 minutes per grit..
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