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I know when lapping the cpu IHS the nickel plating is removed. Isn't this a bad thing to do? The nickel plating is there so that the copper underneath doesn't corrode as fast. Is there something I could put on the cpu after lapping it or is it ok for there to be no nickel plating?
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post #2 of 22
It doesn't hurt it. Plenty of CPU heatsinks are made with raw copper.
    
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I know that, but after awhile if the copper corrodes it will inhibit the heat transfer between the cpu and the heatsink.
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post #4 of 22
Only if the copper is being exposed to the air and if you've attached your heatsink correctly that won't happen.
    
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ok thanks a lot. I'll rep you for helping me
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post #6 of 22
Actually, I have thought about removing nickel plating from my heatsinks. It's only done for cosmetic effect. And nickel does not transmit heat as well as copper. I can see plating the top of the heatsink and the heatpipes, but plating the contact surface has always seemed like a bad idea. In fact, the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 may owe its abilities to the fact that its contact plate is plain copper.
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post #7 of 22
Nickel plating is there mainly to prevent oxidation of copper by sealing it under the coating. It's heat transfer abilities aren't as good, though the temp drops are within a few degrees at the most. However, for enthusiasts fighting for every last degree, this is something that we do away with. We get rid of the oxidation issue however, by immediately covering the copper with thermal paste and mount the heatsink or waterblock on top immediately to prevent as much contact with O2 as possible.
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post #8 of 22
Do you really plan on keeping the lapped cpu for a long time? With Sandy Bridge just out, Bulldozer coming soon, and Ivy Bridge on the distant horizon, you'll probably have a new rig long before you would even think about your copper top being oxidized...
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post #9 of 22
To add on though, just to let you guys know, the original intent of lapping wasn't to actually sand off the nickel plating. IHS and heatsinks are not always manufactured to be flat. Most of the time the heatsink base or IHS top were curved and needed to be sanded down to become flat for more surface area contact.
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post #10 of 22
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That's one reason I want to lap my cpu, other than the reason that the IHS and the heatsink for my stock cooler (yes I don't have an aftermarket yet) has a bunch of scratches. I used a blade to smooth out the thermal paste, not realizing the copper would be cut so easily. Now I use a credit card

I was thinking of getting the Zalman cnps8700 led heatsink. The case I have has a cpu vent and this cpu cooler is short and faces upward instead of to the side like others. It's called Apevia x-plorer.

Another question: why is the IHS curved? Is it to protect the cpu better?
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