A device designed to passively remove heat from a heat source, such as a CPU.

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Can I replace my CPU heatsink/fan “studs”?

On my current CPU heatsink fan combination the "studs" (not sure if that is the right term) are broken, preventing it from seating correctly. Can these be replaced, and does anyone sell a replacement ...
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Can I use an old sempron stock heat sink with a Phenom II processor?

I'm upgrading from an old AMD Sempron 140 to a Phenom II 945. The motherboard will be the same. Assuming I'm not planning to overclock, can I still use the same stock AMD heat sink that came with ...
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How to remove Intel push-pin heatsink from motherboard?

I have an Intel E29477 heatsink with those push-pin quarter turn fasteners in the corners. I just replaced my motherboard and apparently didn't get the thermal compound on right when installing the ...
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Installing CPU With an Attached Heat Sink?

I'm replacing the motherboard on my PC. I removed the heat sink, which is still attached to the CPU because of the thermal paste. I noticed that some pins on the CPU are significantly bent, but I ...
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XSensors is giving me scary readings ?

I am these readings from XSensors, really scary can someone tell me what might be wrong with my system. I did replace the thermal compound with Cooler Master HTK-002 still no difference the ...
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Heat Transfer Paste reapplication

I am assembling this PC http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/07/building-a-pc-part-i.html Of course, I'm in Geek Heaven. :D I installed the heat sink fan in the wrong direction, and now I want to ...
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Replacing stock Core 2 Duo heatsink fan (just the fan really) with a Dell CPU fan

My old heatsink fan broke and I'm trying to reconnect its plugs to a new fan. My Dell CPU fan has some custom Dell plug. I snipped the old fan's wire in half and kept the plug on the end of it. I ...
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i7 with aftermarket heatsink still hot

I have an i7 2600 processor running with an after market coolermaster heatsink. I've tried two different aftermarket heatsinks and the stock. The cpu runs at idle around 40-45c in my room that is ...
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Does i3-2100t stock cooler have preapplied thermal pad?

This might be a dumb question, but I'm currently building an HTPC and am a bit oversensitive about my components! I'm using a intel core i3-2100t processor and I just want to make sure that I don't ...
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How can I test my heatsink?

Is there any way I can heat up my CPU and see if the heatsink works?
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Reapplied thermal compound to North Bridge, computer no longer boots

I'm having trouble getting my computer to boot up. Would appreciate any help. Is my motherboard fried? The problem: Computer won't boot, won't go to POST. No beeps. Power button light does not light ...
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Does heat sink compound degrade with time?

Does heat sink compound degrade with time? How long isv it recommended before I replace my CPU heat sink compound? I have a DELL Studio 17" notebook with core i7 from the lastv one and av half years ...
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Thermal Pad Size CPU/Heatsink

If using a 2mm thick thermal pad to connect the CPU to the heatsink, does the size of the pad matter? Should it be cut to the size of just the metal piece in the middle of the CPU (10mm x 10mm) or ...
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Pre-applied thermal heatsink compound

I built my PC using the heatsink that came in the retail packaging with the CPU (an Intel Core 2 Quad), which had pre-applied thermal compound. I finally got fed up with the noise that thing makes so ...
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Do Core i7 heatsinks have the same geometry as my core 2 duo CPU's heatsink?

Do Core i7 heatsinks have the same geometry as my core 2 duo CPU's heatsink? From the look of the stock heatsinks it would seem that they do, however I would like to be sure before moving my Zalman.
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What is a “socket A” heatsink?

Asked a question about replacing a CPU heatsink and it got closed. Before it was closed, got an answer saying to get a SOCKET-A heatsink. Is that all I need to know? Here's a link to the question ...
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The fan on my heat-sink is dead, how do I figure out what to replace?

The fan on my heat-sink died and I need to know how to tell what type of heat-sink it is, if there's anything beyond thermal gel that I should think about?
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core temperature vs CPU temperature

I have recently installed a new heat sink & fan combination on my Core 2 Quad since my CPU was hitting about 70C under load. This has managed reduce temperatures while running Prime95 to about ...
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One core constantly 6C hotter than than the other on a C2D. Is that a problem?

I have an M465-E Gateway laptop that I've upgraded with a T7200 C2D processor. The heatsink in the laptop wasn't designed for a C2D and has some gaps and the heatpipe placement is probably a bit off. ...
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CPU temperature vs. CPU Heatsink Temperature

When looking for a good/max "Temperature." should I be looking at max "CPU" temp or max "CPU Heatsink" temp. Usually the heatsink temp is lower. My computer (Macbook Pro 6,2) measures both.
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Thermal Paste - does it cool the heatsink more with time?

It is said that it takes 200 hours for thermal paste to actually apply itself and truly do the job... If this is the case, does it mean that my machine will gradually get cooler and cooler, the ...
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tips for removing stuck heatsink

am having real issues today (possibly due to the previous days festivities). Basically I am trying to remove the stock intel heatsink from a core i3 processor (socket 1156) and the bugget wont come ...
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How can I identify the weak link in my system's cooling?

For fear that this question is too specific, I'm posing the general question first and including details of my own situation below. General Question If I know that my system is overheating (to the ...
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Putting CPU back in

While dusting my PC, I got a bit stupid and tried to pull out the heatsink (with the latches removed) to dust it properly. However, I ended up with the CPU being attached to the heatsink -- apparently ...
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Would a large aluminum (or copper) block make a good heatsink?

I was just curious how much of a difference having the fins makes in a heatsink vs just a large block of metal.
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Serious CPU overheat issue

So I have had a look at this post and am still somewhat in the mire. My computer is: CM Stack Case, Tagan 900W PSU, Gigabyte K8NSNXP, 2 Gig Corsair something or other RAM, AMD 64 X2 4400+, 3 HDD (2x ...
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Processor Heatsink - Thermal paste application

Do I have to apply more thermal paste to put the processor heat sink back into the laptop? OR, do I just need to make sure that the screws are tight, and it will work? What are the problems with not ...
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Pulled out CPU with heatsink

I am using a AMD Phenom II X4 965. I was replacing the stock heatsink with an aftermark Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 Rev. 2. When I unlatched the stock heatsink and pulled it from the motherboard, the ...
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Are Socket AM2/AM2+ Heatsinks Compatible with Socket AM3 processor?

I bought an Asus Lion Square compatible with a AMD Athlon II X3 435 Socket AM3 processor? I know strictly speaking, the Lion Square specifies AM2 but I'm a little confused since AM2 and AM3 are ...
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Generic socket 940 CPU fan for HP XW9300 interchangeable with HP part number 411454-001

I'm trying to find a generic Socket 940 CPU fan that will fit the air duct in an XW9300. Note that two different CPU fan mounting schemes have been used on this machine. One has two grommets in ...
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What's the proper way to remove thermal paste from a CPU?

I'm replacing the heatsink on my CPU, and want to clear the current thermal paste. What should I do?
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Can I use LGA775 heatsink on LGA1156 CPU?

Will cooler that is designed to LGA775 CPUs install on LGA1156 CPU or are they mechanically incompatible? I'm building my first 1U server and surprise-surprise - Intel stock cooler doesn't fit ...
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How to unglue microprocessor from heat sink?

I disassembled a Dell Precision 530 and replaced 5! bad capacitors. I tried to reassemble it but realized that I cannot succeed unless I can remove the microprocessor from the heat sink. The ZIF ...
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Is it OK to use toothpaste instead of thermal paste when fitting a CPU?

I was told many years ago to do this by someone who at the time knew more than I did. The CPU was a celeron in the Pentium 2 era. It ran cooler with the toothpaste between the chip and the heatsink ...
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Replacing fan on stock AMD AM3 heatsink with a quieter one? [closed]

I've recently built a new PC which includes the AM3 Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition processor. I've been using the stock heatsink and fan because I can't get any aftermarket coolers to get my CPU as ...
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How to apply thermal grease using a paper template

I purchased thermal grease that came with a paper template. The tutorial told me to apply the grease to the template and then attach it to the fan base (heatsink), and then remove the paper and join ...
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Thermo Paste less heat sink?

I have just popped the case off of a hp pavilion dv2310us to replace its motherboard. It has an integrated graphics card (which I believe is toasted), between the graphics processor and hdd (130+ deg ...
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Can I remove and put back the heatsink of my processor without reapplying thermal paste

If I remove the heatsink from my processor temporarily, then later put it back without changing the heatsink or CPU, do I need to reapply thermal paste?
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How to choose a CPU heatsink?

Ok, I've never really thought much about heatsinks, but now mine is crapping out and I'm looking around seeing these monster copper things, and people warning about compatibility and such. So, I have ...
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Remove Intel Push Pins

Intel's pushpins are awful. I'm trying to install a screw mount, but I need to remove the push pins that are on my heatsink. How do I remove them? Am I supposed to cut them? If so, how?
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Does Lapping a CPU / Heatsink actually drop the temp?

i've been watching some YouTube vids about Lapping a CPU. I've never heard of this modding technique before and, though extreame, I was wondering if it acutally works? Assuming you lap your cpu ...