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The results are in. I cleaned off the CPU and 212+ with rubbing alcohol, using coffee filters. Got them both nice and dry, but I was a bit concerned about the CPU, some of the gold contacts around the edge got some rubbing alcohol on them (the alcohol crept up my fingers as I was holding it), resulting in some discoloration of some of the gold contacts.

I re-seated the CPU, and put a small amount of Thermal Fusion 400 (maybe a but less than 1/2 of an M&M. I did see the MX-2 / 4 at microcenter, but it was 40 bucks!

Put the 212 on top, and fired it up. Over 2.5 hours of Prime 95 maxed temps out at 78C. I think with the previous setup I would have capped at about 83C (I didn't let it run for too long, was worried about getting above 80C).

My conclusion is that what I did was not so bad, but to be safe, and to "do it right," one should not re-use leftover TIM from previous installs. The results should be considered anecdotal, it's not like I performed a carefully controlled experiment here. At best temps are 5C cooler, at worst there is negligible difference. YMMV.

The best news is a stock 3.2GHz CPU is stable at 4.8GHz on air. Cool.
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post #22 of 22
This is the best way to apply TIM on HDT coolers (Like Hyper 212+) :-

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=5

N don't use rubbing alcohol. Use Isopropyl Alcohol.
Edited by rahulsuraj - 3/29/11 at 10:44am
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