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

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Is it ok to "over tighten" laptop heat sink screws? Is it ok for one screw being slightly less tight than the others?

I have the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-53. I have a screw that is tightened but may not be tightened ALL the way since the head is stripped, and I don't want to get a new one until I have to open my laptop ...
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Why isn't a heatsink enough to cool a CPU? [closed]

Why can't the heatsink alone cool a CPU? Why isn't carrying heat away from the CPU enough? EDIT: Why can't heatsink with heatpipes cool a CPU?
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What are these heat sink components?

This is my first time dismantling a laptop. I was wondering what are those two components above the heat sink in the picture?
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Does thermal paste work on all heatsinks?

I am looking to purchase a cooler/heatsink combo and the bottom of the heatsink is different than what I'm used to seeing. Does it get thermal paste just like any other heatsink? Heatsink I want to ...
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heatspreader paste on cpu pins

Recently, I tried to upgrade my AMD Ryzen CPU in my computer with a newer (compatible) one. When I removed the heatsink, it stuck to the old processor so strongly, that I quite possibly damaged the ...
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What's the name of the tape used on laptop heat sinks?

I recently swapped my laptop's fan with a new one...I used a glue stick to glue back the tape on the new fan...However, I am not really sure if the glue stick can withstand heat or if it doesn't dry ...
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NVMe SSD on mini ITX motherboard

I'm looking to get an NVMe SSD on my computer, but I have a mini ITX build. However, everything I've read online strongly suggests that NVMe SSD's should use heatsinks to avoid excessive heat and ...
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Thread-holes destroyed for CPU heatsink in laptop

Recently, I was doing a cleaning session for my laptop. After years of use, two thread-holes gived in, when screwing the CPU heatsink back in. Unlike a regular damaged thread-hole its quite easy to ...
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Repairing the Northbridge Heatsink / Thermal Glue with Alternative Product

I was replacing a CPU fan on an old PC and had to remove the motherboard to swap out the backplate. In the process of placing the motherboard back, I was using the chipset heatsink to line up the ...
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Some parts of the heat pipes in my Asus N552vw laptop are black. Is it normal?

I watched a video on YouTube in which someone removes the cover of Asus N552 laptop. The color of the heat pipes in that video were all copper. The picture below shows how those of my laptop (Asus ...
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Using liquid metal thermal paste on copper aluminum combination heat sink

I have this aluminum - copper combination heat sink for the processor of my desktop computer, can I use the liquid metal thermal paste on it? Specifically it is the thermal grizzly conductonaut ...
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Is it possible to swap passive for active cooling on this supermicro board?

I'm looking to buy this Supermicro Mini-ITX board for an upcoming NAS build: https://www.supermicro.com/en/products/motherboard/A2SDi-H-TF The only thing is, it has an integrated CPU with passive ...
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GPU Thermal paste melting off quickly?

I have recently bought a used XFX RX 580 8 GB GPU. It’s not older than 2 years. Cannot be sure if it has been used for mining or gaming, but I got it with the gaming BIOS, which is what I use it for. ...
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Replace laptop fan but keep heatsink

My laptop has been making rattling noises. After opening it and testing, turns out it's a fan issue: when it speeds up something probably goes wrong with the bearings. I would like to replace it ...
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How much does heat pipe need to touch cpu

I'm adding a shim to my laptop CPU because it doesn't seem like the heat pipes are making contact. The shim I have isn't wide enough to cover the entire die. I'm wondering, is this OK if I just have ...
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The tape that connect laptop fan and heatsink

I want to ask about the black tape that connect the fan and heatsink, what is it called? It's thin, 20 to 30mm, very adhesive, heat resistant, no elongation, and leave no residue when removed. https:/...
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Can I get a heatsink to work without thermal paste, temporarily?

Believing my motherboard to be faulty, I removed the CPU and I cleaned the thermal paste off. Now it turns out that it's the PC-speaker that is faulty. I'd like to put the CPU back in its place, ...
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Can I place a CPU on an AM4 socket without using the lever?

Sadly, I discovered that my MoBo is faulty and that I need to change it, so I had to remove the heatsink and CPU and send it back - I will get a new MoBo soon. The original thermal paste on the ...
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CPU overheating after replacement

I have an old computer that has a Asus P5QL Pro motherboard, a Intel Core2 Duo E8400 CPU and the heatsink on it is the stock intel fan. I ordered a new CPU online, wich is an Intel Core2 Quad Q8400. ...
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Use old cpu fan/heatsink with slightly newer cpu

I currently have a desktop computer with a Intel Core2 Duo E8400 CPU in it. The max TDP of it is 65W, and the CPU fan on it is an Intel E33681-001. Now I just bought a replacement CPU, which is an ...
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Can the 8th generation Intel Core mobile CPU be passively cooled like the 7th generation?

Intel Core mobile CPUs (such as the i5 7200U) have been utilized in fanless mini PCs. Examples: AZULLE Inspire Fanless Barebone ZOTAC ZBOX C Series Intel Dawson Canyon Fanless NUC Though the 8th ...
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How unsafe is it to run my PC without fans attached to the CPU heatsink

I have booted the PC for just a minute but I'd like to know if it would be safe to run some games without fans directly attached to the heatsink. Unfortunately the fans are currently broken and need ...
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Broken pin on Intel heatsink - is it a risk?

I recently needed to remove the heatsink/fan from my H61M-HVS motherboard to reapply thermal paste to it for the first time since it was bought almost a decade ago. After removing the heatsink/fan ...
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Are all AMD OE box fans the same within each series?

I'm considering upgrading my old, repurposed HTPC, which has an A4-5300, with an A8-5500. Both APUs are Virgo "Trinity" series, socket FM2 APUs, both had retail box versions, so I'm wondering if the ...
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How can I be sure whether my CPU is fried or not?

So my dear friend was supposed to change my CPU while I'm away. Apparently, he wanted to test the PC without putting back the heat sink. The terrible thing is, he did it with both CPUs :_( He says ...
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Stock Intel CPU/Heatsink - same part number, different manufacturer, different amperage?

I'm looking to replace my Core i3-6100 heatsink/fan with another stock Intel one. The one I have now has a vibration that I can't isolate. I'm only interested in the push-pin style and it pretty ...
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How can I figure the just-right amount of Silver compound?

The fan on my ancient but still working Core 2 Duo MacBook seems to be whirring more than usual. This may be purely subjective, since it's been years since I've heard the "regular" whirring. Anyhow, I ...
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Laptop heatsink temperature

Which software can be used to measure the laptop heatsink (not cpu) temperature near the fan? Are there any alternate methods to measure the heat sink temperature (experimental or software based or by ...
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Possibility of converting CPU heat to electrical energy

This was an idea brought up by a friend. Due to the CPU producing heat, one would think that it would be more energy-efficient to reuse that heat energy. Through what method could heat from the CPU ...
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What could be wrong with my hp M2N78-LA motherboard?

Lately my computer would freeze for no apparent reason after 5 or 6 minutes after power on. I started suspecting a virus. So I restored my previously unaffected OS Window 7 Image. Stopped processes ...
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What is the maximum distance for thermal paste to be effective?

Note the image and marked distance from one surface to the other on the heat sink assembly and the size of the thermal pad from the laptop I dis-assembled today. I want to use Thermaltake TG-7 paste ...
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PC is shutting down due to overheating but heat sink is cool to the touch

my PC is freezing up and shutting down. I have tried reseating the heatsink but the issue isn't fixed. I am very new to hardware maintenance and I'm not sure what to try next, any advice appreciated ...
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Laptop overheats at 50c

Laptop hinge started clicking out of place. Clicked it back into place then it crashed. Since then it will freeze whenever it reaches 50c then I will have to forcefully shut it down. It will not come ...
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Do I have to buy a CPU cooler separately?

I bought the Intel i7 7700K Processor off eBay with the following picture: And a GA-B250-D3H motherboard. Is a brand CPU cooler/heat sink included in any of these packages or you always have to buy ...
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PC powers off after new Pure Rock be quiet CPU cooler installed

I decided to upgrade my PC as it was fairly noisy, this was due to the stock CPU heatsink fan and the case fans. So I bought myself a new case and a Pure Rock Be Quiet heatsink. Transferred my ...
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Can faulty Cooler fans prevent CPU from starting?

My PC is showing a strange issue. When I start the PC, the power lights glows on, all the fans run. But no Hard disk Activity. And nothing happens. No display, no lights on mouse or keyboard. This ...
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Does heat sink of laptop contain any coolant? [duplicate]

Heat sink of a laptop consists of copper tube. It is used to cool the processor and other electronics. Does the tube contain any coolant or it is just air filled?
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How do i detach this fan from the heatsink?

I have no idea of what this method of attaching the fan is called, so I have no way of looking it up. I tried to, but I dont know what to look for, so hopefully, someone can tell me how to do it by ...
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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 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: PowerVR ...
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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 read from Google: I pull up the black pins so they're inside the white part before putting the ...
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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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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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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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