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

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How do I safely separate the heatsink/pipe from the processor on the Packard Bell F7280?

My laptop shuts down and the main fan stops. I am convinced it's dust build up in a void below the heat-sink fins but the heatsink is firmly stuck to the processor. (see link to manual page 8 ) ftp:/...
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Will Thermalright HR-22 passive heatsink fit into an Antec P183 V3 case?

I'm planning a new build of an audio workstation for a recording studio. I'd like to know if it would be possible to use the Antec P183 V3 case with a Thermalright HR-22 passive heatsink. How can I ...
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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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Can the operation of a Banana PI M3 without any heat sink cause damage?

My pure Banana PI M3 board has just been delivered. However, it has come without any heat sink. The specifications are: CPU: A83T ARM Cortex-A7 octa-core,512 KB L1 cache 1 MB L2 cache GPU: ...
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First build: mobo lights up, but no CPU fan or monitor activity

I am having trouble booting up my first PC build. It uses compatible suggestions from Logical Increments, which include the following: Case: Cooler Master Trooper (Rev. 2) Motherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO ...
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Can't get Intel heatsink back on

I took off the CPU heat sink to blow out the dust. Now I can't get it back on. I've tried everything I red from Google: I pull up the black pins so they're inside the white part before putting the ...
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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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Tiny copper waffle squares inside computer

I've been hearing a sound from inside my MSI GE60 laptop for a while now, so I opened it up to find that these two tiny copper waffle squares came loose. They were originally stuck to the board with ...
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Do I need a Alternative Heatsink?

I have Intel Pentium G2020, it is not overclocked (i guess) but still should I bother getting this heatsink for my processor just so that my processor stays at room temperature while I am doing some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Which heatsink size/socket fits on an AMD E350 Zacate?

I have the Jetway NC85-E350-LF which comes with a tiny fan. For reasons unknown to me yet the CPU of this board runs very hot during simple operations. I've read that idle temperatures around 45C are ...
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Run AMD Rana 455 CPU without retention bracket securing the heat sink?

I just recently got a 3.3GHz AMD Rana 455 CPU to replace an old X2, but one of the clips on the retention bracket broke off. I have another one ordered, but in the meantime I have some work I need to ...
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Does temporarily removing the fan from the heatsink void AMD’s warranty?

I needed to RMA my newly-bought motherboard, so that meant removing the CPU and HSF. Now i need to clean the remnants of thermal goop from the CPU and heatsink in order to put the new one afterward, ...
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Apple G5 Heatsink on AM3 mobo?

I've been looking to replace my PhenomII 965be's stock heatsink, and my old G5's massive heatsink has drawn my attention. Do you think it would somehow be possible or am I going too far? my mobo: GA-...
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Dusty Environment - Fan Alternative

I manage several desktop computers in dusty environments. We frequently must clean out the cases to ensure adequate ventilation. Is there such a thing as reliable, fanless cooling for an off-the-...
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Heatsink compatibility for the new Intel Skylake processors (LGA1151)

The new Intel Skylake processors have just released, but they don't come with a fan/heatsink. As a result, I have to purchase a third party heatsink, but it seems there are none yet listed on popular ...
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CPU Fan direction Cooler Master K280, GA-990FXA-UD3, AMD FX-8320, Cooler Master T4 Heatsink

I'm building my first computer, and this is what I have: Case: Cooler Master K280 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 CPU: AMD FX-8320 8-core Heatsink: Cooler Master T4 Hyper Extra fan: ...
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Kinds of thermal paste

I want to replace thermal paste in my notebook computer. I disassembled a cooling system. There are 2 kinds of thermal paste: A "normal" paste on CPU. Like a plasticine on chipset and GPU. Can ...
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Will a cooler master hyper 212 evo fit in a x11 advanced x-station case?

I have a x11 advanced x-station case with an amd fx-6300 processor inside. I'm currently using the stock heat sink which isn't that great. Will a cooler master hyper 212 evo fit in the case? Edit: My ...
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Heatsinks next to CPU socket?

While researching the motherboards market, I've noticed that some have what seem like passive heatsinks to the top and left of the CPU socket (sometimes only on the top or on the left). For an example,...
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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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Time to buy a new cpu cooler?

PC temps keep shooting up to over 100C in around ten minutes, even though I reapplied thermal paste twice and resat the heat sink thrice. It has reached a high of 110C as of this point. CPU usage is ...
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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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Which is better, heat sink or fan-cooled components?

Fans have been the common cooling method in hardware for a long time. But as we know, fans depend on moving parts and therefore require maintenance and have a limited lifespan. An alternative cooling ...
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What's the point of heat pipes? [closed]

I've been asking myself this question for probably more than 10 years now... What's the point of heat pipes? For example on a CPU cooler. It just seems super unreasonable to me that 4,6,8 or I don't ...
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Can you tape a fan to a heatsink?

The old screws to the aftermarket fan I bought won't fit. Can I tape the new fan to the old heatsink? This part of the heatsink doesn't come in contact with the processor. It sits on top of the ...
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Laptop shutting down automatically - BIOS overheating [closed]

My 4 year old laptop shuts down automatically with an error message 'The System has prevented from Bios overheating' when try to restart the laptop. It happens often and it was working for at least ...
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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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CPU running slower than normal - and hotter

Some liquid got spilled on my PC. I cleaned it up but when trying to turn it on I noticed that there were some drops of water on the CPU (AMD). The PC wouldn't turn on - it would start up, but nothing ...
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Does a CPU heatsink need to cover the entire CPU package? (Xeon E5-1650, Arctic Freezer i11)

I've just purchased an Intel Xeon E5-1650-V3, which I intend to use in a workstation (mid-tower). As a CPU cooler, I bought an Arctic Freezer i11. (The motherboard is an ASrock X99 Extreme4.) I've ...
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Northbridge Heatsink Fell Off Motherboard

I have an Asus CG5290 and the northbridge heatsink popped off, right after that it shut down. Turned it back on and it said the northbridge was hot then started it again and the other was saying hot ...
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Stabilize massive heat sink before shipping PC

Preface I'm shipping a friend's PC from Delaware to Hawaii. Last time this PC made this journey, the heat sink fell off and damaged the video card. This one of those massive gaming PC heat sinks that ...
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Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink?

Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink? It's a bother to remove and re-apply it, plus I wonder if having fresh paste is worth the risk of handling the ...
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Dell latitude E6400 heat issue

My laptop heats up in just an hour, i cleaned the Ram, Heat Sink,and Motherboard. Everything is clean and clear . i Installed windows 7 professional 64 bit (LOCAL, Registered). My laptop Ram is 2GB, ...
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Sudden massive system temperature spike

I was having a problem with my computer instantly shutting down while playing graphic intensive games with my new GPU. It was suggested that I use a temp monitor bc overheating was suspect. While ...
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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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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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Where to get accurate cpu temprature readings?

I am trying to read my cpu temprature under full load (After overclocking by 0.3 ghz). For this I have used CPUID HWmonitor, Core Temp and SpeedFan. CoreTemp and HWmonitor seams to show good ...
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Laptop heatsink screws getting loose by themselves

I own a HP dv6 6008eg laptop and noticed some days ago that some odd noise is coming from inside during gaming, mostly when the temp reaches about 80°C and the fan seriously kicks in. Taking it apart ...
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Ok to install standard heatsink in PowerMac G4?

So, I had told my brother that I needed a good PC for schoolwork, and he gave me a PowerMac G4, and told me that I would need to dust it, as he hadn't used it in years. Upon taking it apart, I took ...
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How to determine if it's a motherboard or CPU issue? [closed]

Note that I read the main suggested question and my situation is different, so that's why I'm asking again. I'll explain everything in detail (this will be a little long, but I'll make it as short ...
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RAM too close to heatsink?

So I'm in the middle of building a new NAS and I've got most of it put together already. I'm keep thinking about my RAM and proximity to the heatsink. The RAM is barely touching but very close to ...
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Switching from a motherboard with a Nvidia video card to an Intel based one

I own a Dell Vostro 1710 whose video card is broken (its one of the renowned GeForce 8600M failures). In an attempt to recondition the laptop, I want to buy the motherboard with the Intel video card ...
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Five year old unopened boxed CPU – is the stock thermal compound still good?

I have obtained an unopened, sealed, boxed CPU dating back to 2009. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 with heatsink + thermal compound pre-applied. Is the stock thermal compound still OK to use after ...
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Compatibility of mounting holes for 775 and 1150 style sockets

Will my 775 CPU cooler fit the mounting holes for a 1150 style socket?
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Brand New Dell Studio 1558 Heatsink fan not working properly

So here is my situation, I've a Dell Studio 1558 laptop running on Corei3 Processor and about few months ago it stopped working, on powering on there would be no display although I could hear the ...