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Several weeks ago I got all the parts in for the build you see in my sig. I had some issues with the system not posting and determined it was the motherboard, so I RMA'd that. I got the new board in tonight and was working on finally cleaning off the CPU and heatsink.

Well, as I was cleaning the heatsink I noticed something a bit odd. Under where the thermal pad was, there were a couple of good sized gouges:

193828d1296774503-stock-heatsink-damaging-1090t-am3heatsink.jpg

After cleaning that up, I moved on to the CPU and found some bit of copper scratched into the top:

193829d1296774503-stock-heatsink-damaging-1090t-am3closeup.jpg

Has anyone ever seen this happen before? Could this possibly damage the CPU's functionality at all? I'm guessing it could alter the conductivity between the CPU and the heatsink as well as my temps, though I don't know by how much.

I have no idea what happened - I can only assume the heatsink was jacked up and i couldn't tell since the thermal pad was covering the damage. I haven't been able to try out everything hooked up yet but will definitely report back with any news. I'm really just wondering if anyone else has ever seen this happen and what you all would do at this point? Well, besides not using the stock cooler tongue.gif

EDIT: Fixed the broken attachments - not sure what happened there tongue.gif
Edited by Mattroid - 2/3/11 at 3:10pm
post #2 of 12
Yes it can happen, "good sized" gouges is a little relative so some decent pics could help.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by joemaniaci;12242782 
Yes it can happen, "good sized" gouges is a little relative so some decent pics could help.

Fair enough - they're not huge by any means. Right now I'm debating if I should just go ahead and upgrade to a better cooler now (which is something I was likely going to do in the next few paychecks anyway) or go ahead with the stock cooler until later. I don't really want to do more damage tongue.gif

Here's another pic zoomed out some to give a better perspective of size.

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post #4 of 12
I don't see it?

Anyways, slight damage to the IHS isn't really cause for concern... Thats why Intel and AMD both use them now, it's just nickel covering copper, covering your cores.
    
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Clean it, lap it, install a different brick... should be good to go, I really have no idea how "deep" one may go before the cpu is "damaged" but obviously enough to scratch that deep. wink.gif
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mattroid;12243075 
Fair enough - they're not huge by any means. Right now I'm debating if I should just go ahead and upgrade to a better cooler now (which is something I was likely going to do in the next few paychecks anyway) or go ahead with the stock cooler until later. I don't really want to do more damage tongue.gif

Here's another pic zoomed out some to give a better perspective of size.

attachment.php?attachmentid=193693&stc=1&d=1296716237.jpg




don't sweat that lil' nick.
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i my self scratched my 1090T when i was cleaning it to install the H70
it doesn't hurt your CPU but i love seeing my CPU shiny even though i cant really see it
LOL
just knowing that my CPU is scratched even a little bit makes me want to replace it LOL but i cant LOL ^^
    
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post #8 of 12
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Thanks all. I didn't really thing there was anything to worry about but I wanted to hear it from someone else first biggrin.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fantasy;12244757 
i my self scratched my 1090T when i was cleaning it to install the H70
it doesn't hurt your CPU but i love seeing my CPU shiny even though i cant really see it
LOL
just knowing that my CPU is scratched even a little bit makes me want to replace it LOL but i cant LOL ^^
Ha - I'm a little OCD like that myself. I've never even been able to use the thing and it's already jacked up!
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I just noticed that the pics from the original post were gone. That's weird. I had pics of the heatsink and a close up of the CPU in that post. And I though you all were crazy for not being able to see the pics...

Weird - my attachments must have gotten removed or something. not that it matters now, but I'll check on that.

EDIT: yep, they're not listed in my attachments list in the control panel. Not sure what happened. For archiving's sake I'll put them back up when I get home.
Edited by Mattroid - 2/3/11 at 7:48am
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Little scratches like that are what TIM is for, panic ye not.
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