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Indigo Xtreme w/Noctua NH-D14 reflow help

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Hi, I recently bought a Noctua NH-D14 to cool my 2600k. I chose to pick up an Indigo Xtreme TIM to give it a shot, considering it is supposedly the best on the market. I got it yesterday, and tried to follow the instructions to the letter, but I had no luck: Even with all four cores above 95 degrees Celsius for OVER THIRTY MINUTES, I could not get the reflow to occur mad.gif. I know for a fact that I did not miss it occurring, firstly because my CPU temperatures were horrible after, and second, because I tried the reflow process again, but with a 500 watt halogen light a foot away from the heatsink and a blanket covering the far side where the light wasn't reaching. I know that reflow didn't occur, because I became so fed up with it I removed the heatsink to find.....reflow occurred on, at most, 1/4 of the processor. the bottom portion of the horseshoe on one side melted, but the main area had had nothing happening to it. I really need advice with this, I have one application left, and I really don't want to waste the second half of the 25 bucks I paid for it. any suggestions, anyone? should I give Indigo xtreme people a call to see if I can get a replacement? Has anyone had similar problems, or even tried using a D14 and Indigo Xtreme on a 2600k?
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Try putting the 500w halogen nearer the D14 tower, not a foot away. The D14 is such an efficient cooler even w/o fans because of its design, so it was probably cooling the ETI a bit while you're doing the reflow process.

Before using the last one, heat up the D14 tower w/ the lamp for at least 15/30min, then continue until to the point of while you're re-seating the D14 and while you're doing the reflow process.
 
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