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I am familiar with TIM application but have never applied it to the mainboard chipsets. I am thinking about applying it to my 790fx but dont know where to start.

I am assuming I will have to remove the mainboard entirely to remove the northbridge heatsink, am I correct?

Can I use Arctic Silver 5 or should it be something purely non-conductive?


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post #2 of 4
I guess you should use something that's non-conductive just to be on the safer side. It should be about the size of a rice grain.
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yes,u have to remove mobo from case and as5 is what i used on mine.
you may have to use 90% alcohol to get the old tim off the nb/sb heatsinks
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First thing I would do is check if its paste or a thermal pad. Could be a thermal pad in which case paste isnt going to work out.

Otherwise its just like applying on a CPU. I don't think the 790 has a heatspreader so just put enough to cover the die. I have used AS5 on chipsets before, no problem. I wouldn't use it again only because there is much better paste out there.
 
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