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post #11 of 15
Maybe people didn't read your post carefully and jumped the gun or something.

You said it was a retail box. All retail cpu's include a Heat sink which already has thermal tape on it and the cpu.
The OEM is just the cpu, no HS, no thermal compound or anything.

The duke is correct as you have noted already. Have fun.
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Wow I can't believe half the people here didn't know that a retail cpu comes with a thermal pad preinstalled in the heatsink.
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Here is a pic of an Intel retail box heatsink with the junk thermal tape that I just got, As you can see it scrapes right off, it is kind of the consistency of modeling clay. Don't use this stuff unless you have to.
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Please do make that trip to the store and pick up some arctic silver, that crap that comes with it is terrible.
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Originally Posted by Urufu_Shinjiro
Please do make that trip to the store and pick up some arctic silver, that crap that comes with it is terrible.

Actually, It's not too shabby. Its still good stuff, well atleast the one on my opteron HSF was good. i hit 3 gigs on stock air and the cooler worked well so i'm sure the compound is not some cheap stuff.

Considering you are going to use the stock cooler, i'm gonna assume you are not going to be overclocking the cpu. If you do in future decide to upgrade the cooler, you will need AS5.
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