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Cooling Fan Installation on Intel 13 chip


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#1 Warthog-Fan

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 06:18 PM

I finally got all of the parts to assemble my new system unit and I wanted to install the processor chip, an Intel i3. I took the chip and fan out of the box, and I expected to find a small tube of thermal compound to apply to the top of the chip, but there was none. I took a look at the installation manual and it only illustrated putting the chip into the socket and installing the fan over it. On the bottom of the fan, where it contacts the chip, there are three small strips of a semi-sticky substance - a lot smaller than the top area of the chip. This may be a dumb question, but is this all the cooling interface that is required to keep the device from overheating?



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 06:37 PM

If you purchased the fan and CPU together then the fan most likely has a thermal pad and not separate thermal compound. When the CPU heats up for the first time the pad acts like thermal compound.

 

http://www.heatsink-guide.com/compound.htm

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1789424/pre-applied-thermal-compound-intel-cpu-stock-cooler.html


Edited by JohnC_21, 05 November 2015 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:29 PM

John,

 

Thanks for the information and the links to these two articles. All very informative.






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