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post #1 of 23
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This is a subject that everyone creates their own personal system and method. Here is another review of the methods. What I found the most interesting is the method for the Heat-pipe direct touch coolers (HDT).

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There are two flaws in the HDT design currently used in CPU cooler products:
1.The surface is rough and occasionally uneven.
2.There are channels created between the mounting base and heat-pipe.

Fixing the first problem required some wet-sand paper and elbow grease (that's a metaphor for hard work, so don't go searching the web for another product). By lapping down the surface to a flat even base, you can then polish it down to minimize the grain-like finish inherent of HDT products.

Solving the second problem can be done with potentially less time. Assuming you're not so hard-core that brazing the heat-pipe and mounting base surface gaps together with tin solder is an option, then I would recommend filling the inner channels with thermal paste
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Check the last page for the HDT cooler methods.
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post #2 of 23
wouldnt so much thermal paste in those heatpipe channels just retain more heat\\get really damn messy?

good find nonetheless. +
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post #3 of 23
I was looking at the HDT coolers to replace mine and I was wondering if the application of the thermal paste would be any different.

+rep for the perfect timing
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post #4 of 23
lol, has to explain elbow greas xD
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post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by im_not_an_artard View Post
lol, has to explain elbow greas xD
He's right though, if he hadn't explained it 10,000,000 people would have been "OMG i has to get me some grease for my elbows before I install my heatsink!"
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post #6 of 23
Guess what the killer is? Application method of thermal paste won't affect your temps much at all, so don't worry about it.....just don't under apply it like a lot of people swear by here
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post #7 of 23
1....grab the cpu

2....grab a butter knife

3.... evenly spread the thinnest coat possible over the IHS surface & off it goes

worked perfectly for me every time .....temps are always great
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post #8 of 23
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Like i figured, Everyone swears by there own method, (me included). Though the HDT does add in another level of complexity to the problem. If you don't prefill the groves than the thermal paste will not cover completely. I had never even thought about that before. Though i don't own a HDT... yet.

thanks for the reps
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Nice find. I'll have to try that method for my HDT cooler.
 
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post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by AARDVARCUS View Post
He's right though, if he hadn't explained it 10,000,000 people would have been "OMG i has to get me some grease for my elbows before I install my heatsink!"
And then some enterprising buisnessman would have taken it upon himself to re-market petroleum jelly as "Elbow Grease" XD
    
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