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I just bought a new heatsink (XP-90) and thermal compound (AS5). Is there a special way to remove thermal compound that's already there?
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Q-Tips & alcolhal
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You can use alcohol??
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ive soaked entire motherboards in alcohol. The higher the percentage the better. For cleaning thermal paste 70% is sufficient. But to soak entire pcb boards i would recomend 99.9% or better
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Use at least 70% rubbing alcohol. Rub it on your CPU with a Q-tip or whatever you like to use to rub the old grease off.
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Originally Posted by subbeh
You can use alcohol??

Yes, sorry I miss spelled it.
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Yes. They (AS5 website) reckon htat you can use 98% pure isopropal(spelling????) alcohol to clean off that old gunk. Q-TIPs and/or a "lint free cloth" (AS5 recommended) does the job.
There is also some more expensive stuff on the market such as that ArctiClean stuff, but i would not botehr using it, beacuase of its heavy price tag. From the reviews ive read about the stuff though, it is supposed to be incredible. Dunno...

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