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Best tape to use on motherboard/heatsinks?

post #1 of 17
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Hey folks,

Any suggestions on what tape to buy, that will stick well and not risk damaging the mobo and/or heatsinks?

The tape that came with my temp probes is crap. I dont like to use duct tape since it leaves residue.

Someone mentioned Masking Tape....is that a good choice?

Any suggestions welcome
post #2 of 17
Why need tape? Mount the temp probes on the edge of the chip itself to get the most accurate results. I wouldn't see why masking tape would be a problem.
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I would think anything with adhesive is a bad idea. Especially since it is going to be heated/cooled regularly.
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I use thermal tape, or I have used flashing tape (a roofing material).
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Originally Posted by RyanRacer48 View Post
Why need tape? Mount the temp probes on the edge of the chip itself to get the most accurate results. I wouldn't see why masking tape would be a problem.
Well, rather then trying to lodge the probe between heatsink fins or somewhere between the heatsink and the chipset, i figured it would be more practical to tape it on to the side of the chipset or heatsink (as close to the chip, as possible)...especially when in the upright position, i can see some of the probes dislodging.

Plus, since i have 4 temp probes, i was planning on using at least one to test ambient temps in the case and it makes sense to just tape it to the side somewhere.

Anyway, as mentioned, any suggestions are welcome since i haven't used any temp probes in the past, so dont know what works well. I got some good electrical tape, so maybe going to experiment with that...
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If you must I would use Thermal Tape
    
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What is the big advantage of thermal tape vs say electrical?

Will a small piece of electrical tape (i.e. 10cm x 15cm) would actually effect the temperature of chips and/or heatsinks?

I doubt that any part of the mobo gets hot enough to damage the tape itself...
post #8 of 17
Thermal tape works fine for one time application on clean surfaces.

But, like Syrillian, I use aluminum/flashing tape, it stays put,
only down side is price per roll.
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What is the big advantage of thermal tape vs say electrical?

Will a small piece of electrical tape (i.e. 10cm x 15cm) would actually effect the temperature of chips and/or heatsinks?

I doubt that any part of the mobo gets hot enough to damage the tape itself...
The heat turns the electrical tapes adhesive to gummy goo just before it falls off. Thermal tape is made of the same material as cloth bandaids ,
so it breaths instead of trapping in the heat. And thermal tape will stay put on clean surfaces, but is not re-usable.
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post #10 of 17
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Thermal tape works fine for one time application on clean surfaces.

But, like Syrillian, I use aluminum/flashing tape, it stays put,
only down side is price per roll.
hahah DAMN...$500 bucks a roll? haha I think I better find someone who works in construction and can grab me a 6 inch piece of that...all i need for years most likely hehe.
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