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post #1 of 22
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Hey All,

I have CoolerMaster 212 and an 1155 chip. I had to return the mobo, so I'll have to re-mount the thing. When I removed the first one, I cleaned off the processor, but I left the cooling tower standing up with the TIM still on it. It's been about a week and I'll be re-mounting today or tomorrow.

I think I will just reuse the TIM thats on the cooling tower. It looks to be pretty thick still, and I WAY over-applied the first time. I'll let you all know if I notice temps higher than the first time; I was running steady at 4.5 GHz and not more than about 55 - 60C.

Has anyone else done this?
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post #2 of 22
No, because it's not really recommended. & also you won't get very good contact between cooler and GPU.
post #3 of 22
No.
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post #4 of 22
Absolutely NOT! The TIM should be cleaned off and then reapplied after every mounting/dismounting.
post #5 of 22
not a good idea at all... tried this once, failed terribly. DON'T try it.
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post #6 of 22
No. Unmounting causes air bubbles which will give less than desirable results.

Now, if you have absolutely no TIM on hand, then you don't have much choice, but if you've got extra, take the time to do it right. It takes all of, what, 5 minutes to clean off a CPU? Don't be lazy and call it a "test".
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post #7 of 22
No, as you reinstall your cooler, air bubbles will get into the TIM and ruin performance. It will still work, just not as well.
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post #8 of 22
Yeah I did this with an old Pentium D, I didn't have any TIM on hand and just reinstalled with the same old paste. Bad idea, chip ran hot as hell due to poor contact.
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post #9 of 22
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Hmm... Well the results are in. System specs below. Ran it at a 48 multiplier, 1.45 vCore, and it quickly got up to 78C in core 3. Not sure if that's good or bad, I'm running it by some of other people with the same mobo / CPU combo as I. I will continue to follow up with this topic, I see that some of you had bad experiences, but the TIM that came with the HM212+ seemed like it would be able to be reused...

This whole TIM thing is so... unscientific... for my liking. Everything else in computer building is so known, but there seems to be an art to TIM application... Anyhoo, I'll continue to follow up.
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**** no.
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