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Originally Posted by GDP View Post
yeah I stopped at watercooling and even now im not really THAT into it anymore, I dont even pay attention to temps lol. I think once I switch to i7 ill go back to air lulz. Ok maybe not.
I agree... a laped TRUE will be just fine. I will be going back to air when I upgrade.

OP, can you please outline the process you used when lapping? Any pics?
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grit 600 800 1000 1500 (i cheaped out and didn't buy 2000)
basically i go up and down the sand paper, rotate 90 degress after each 10 passes
used water and dish liquid for lube
spent around 10 minutes on each grit. doing it very slow just drag the hs acorss the sandpaper no pressure applied.
cleaned up with 91% alcohol,
reseat hs, apply a thin line of AS5
check all air flow
done

sorry no picture, I try to put it back in a hurry to see some results and forgot to take it.
But basically it looks pretty smooth, but not shiny,
when i as dragging it on 1500 grit it was gliding across pretty well
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post #13 of 36
Try letting the AS5 cure. It's "supposed" to take 200 hours.
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Also the zalmans were designed for use with dual cores.
They can handle stock settings of most quads, however if you go to overclock, dont expect the zalman, OR a lapped zalman to even hold up.
Not enough surface area, nor fins, nor heatpipes, and diameter of heatpipes to handle the heat of a quad. A lot comes into play.

Also a week of heat and cool- heat and cool, is needed to cure the AS5 if thats what your using.
Buy some OCZ freeze if you dont want curing time.
$4.99 is what i paid for mine, vs the $9 at radio shack for AS5 lol.
post #15 of 36
come on dude. the Title. Fixeth!
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post #16 of 36
Yeah i dont really like the title either.
Maybe switch it to just damn waste of time.....
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Or "Heck, what a waste of my time!"
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Yeah i dont really like the title either.
Maybe switch it to just damn waste of time.....
aww scared god is going to smite this thread? lol. Anyways yeah, i dont usually lap because i dont see to much sense it in for just a few degrees, but im not trying to push my stuff to far.
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post #19 of 36
you're probably gonna want to lap the CPU as well to see much difference
    
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really? well same thing.

I guess as long as the base is non-flat is it worth it to lap then?
This comment made me scream on the inside.... Lapping and having a mirror finish is NOT the same thing by ANY stretch of the imagination. A chrome bumper has a mirror finish. But a bumper is round. The process of lapping is to make something FLAT, not shiny. You can make lots of things shiny enough to be mirror-like. For instance, Adam and Jamie from mythbusters proved it WAS possible to polish a turd. Jamie even said "I can almost see myself in it."

Lapping a chip is the same thing. You arent looking for it to be shiny only, you want it as flat as possible.

OP: Take a razor blade, and put it sharp side down on the part of the cooler that makes contact with the chip. Hold it up to the light. If you can see light between the chip and the razor, it isnt as flat as it could be. If this is the case, you could try to use a high grit paper to make it flat. The key to lapping is to get it flat with the first couple grits. After that, you're just increasing contact between the chip and cooler.
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