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post #11 of 21
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Take pictures next time.

I love opening my laptops right after I get them. I replaced my Vostro 1500's Northbridge, CPU and GPU thermal paste the day after I got the laptop.
I waited for the warranty to go out... And then some.

Did your temps go up a little bit? See, I can't tell if my temps on the actual CPU are better or worse. I'm still guessing that the HS is more effectively transferring heat, so that's why the temps are reporting to be higher. If this is the case, I would assume the CPU is less insulated, and therefore cooler now than it was before.

I'm going to get some AS5 today and see what happens...

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Originally Posted by majin death View Post
so, even the screws in a mac book are proprietary to each hole?
Notice how small the package is? It's necessary.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
I waited for the warranty to go out... And then some.

Did your temps go up a little bit? See, I can't tell if my temps on the actual CPU are better or worse. I'm still guessing that the HS is more effectively transferring heat, so that's why the temps are reporting to be higher. If this is the case, I would assume the CPU is less insulated, and therefore cooler now than it was before.

I'm going to get some AS5 today and see what happens...
I used AS5 and my temps did seem to increase. Well, the heatsinks got hotter, so the temps at the chip are probably actually less.

My last Dell I changed the CPU like twice a month and used Shin Estu on it, that thing would stay cool with P4's.
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Would the hard drive you replaced happen to be a seagate SATA drive? I work for a university computer shop and have had a lot of those come in lately. I believe their is even an extended warranty those drives.

I should have taken pictures of when we had the MacBook Air open. you guys would have loved the Mac Pr0n.

P.S. Apple service manuals for the win!
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Notice how small the package is? It's necessary.
i guess youve got a point there
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I probably should have taken pics, but I don't have a working camera in my house at the moment...

The beezy took me about 2 hours to open up... There was one damn screw at the end, the very last one, that I took to hell to take out. I recommend for anyone else going to do this to get a very small, very sharp phillips screw driver... Don't be stupid like me and try to use a flat (I was gonna go out and get the right screwdriver, but I'm too impatient.)
If you DO have to use a flat, try tightening slightly before loosening... often this will ease the grip that the thread has
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News: I reapplied thermal paste with Arctic Silver Ceramique. Temps are down from 49C average (as of yesterday) to 43C average.

Again, I don't know whether to attribute these numbers to:

1. The age of the AS5 (~3 years old)
2. The AS5 itself (being inferior to the ASC, maybe)
3. Maybe I screwed up in my application of the AS5
4. Maybe the AS5 was actually transferring heat better, so the HS was reporting higher temps (the temp sensor is on the HS, NOT on the CPU)

All I know is that I should never have messed with it

Arctic Ceramique is a bit trickier than AS5... It's not difficult at all; it's just a bit different. It's "grittier" and "thicker." Think of them both as toothpaste, but the ASC is thicker and a dryer compound. ASC comes off much easier than AS5, though; you can use the AS solvent and wipe once, and it'll all be out of sight.

I did take some pics this time; I'll post em up a little bit later.

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Would the hard drive you replaced happen to be a seagate SATA drive? I work for a university computer shop and have had a lot of those come in lately. I believe their is even an extended warranty those drives.

I should have taken pictures of when we had the MacBook Air open. you guys would have loved the Mac Pr0n.

P.S. Apple service manuals for the win!
I didn't replace a HDD. But the HDD that Macs use are Fujitsu 5400RPMs. They're absolutely, 99.999999%, dead-silent, and I love them for that.
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AS5 is better, but Ceramique is better for cooling at colder temps (~10C or under).
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post #18 of 21
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AS5 is better, but Ceramique is better for cooling at colder temps (~10C or under).
I dunno. I've read some that insist AS5 is better, others say that ASC is better. Charts show little to no difference, and some charts sometimes show ASC beating AS5. So I thought "What the hell? It's cheaper anyway."

I'm pretty sure that "ASC is a better formula" isn't the answer to my mystery anyway.

Temps are back almost about the same, btw, maybe 2C less. Oh well.
post #19 of 21
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More news:

Tell me if this confirms my theory:

When I put load on my CPU (set chess to "think critically" mode + run Super Pi), the sensors read that the HS is heating up VERY quickly. I can go up 10C in about 8 seconds. Also, when the cooling down starts, I can cool 10C in about 12 seconds.

I'm guessing this means that thermal transfer is better now, correct? And that even though my sensors (located on the HS) are reading higher temps, the CPU underneath should be cooler, right?
post #20 of 21
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My temps are back to normal! Interesting... I guess the stuff finally cured? This is the first time I've witnessed curing affect temperatures; on my desktops, the temps never changed between the time I put the TIM on, and days/weeks later.
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