But Wait. There's More!
not forget the copper SocketA Spacer and Arctic Silver II compound. Anyone
who knows me knows just how hard I am on computer parts. I have several dead
motherboards and an assortment of CPUs, memory, harddrives, and even a CD
writer that have fallen to my abuse. When Bart recommended his SocketA Spacer
I was more than willing to give it a try as I had recently killed the Duron
800 AMD sent by crushing its core while mounting a ThermoEngine heatsink.
The copper spacer is the same thickness as the core and prevents the heatsink
from applying to much down force and destroying the CPU. Turns out that the
clip on that particular ThermoEngine HSF was a little distorted and that is
what destroyed the Duron. If you were to see the Duron CPU you'd need a magnifying
glass to see the miniscule damage the core received to one corner but the
end result is that the CPU no longer posts. Using the SocketA Spacer would
have been cheap insurance to save this CPU and at $8 I won't mount another
SocketA CPU without one.
think that the combination of the Big MoFoHo and the copper SocketA Spacer
would be enough right? Bart also sent the Arctic Silver II compound to use
for testing. The heatsink compound that comes with most HSF's is pretty good
but I have to agree with Bart that if you are going to invest in a good heatsink
you should use the best compound to ensure that you get good geat transfer.
Bart has some instructions for the correct application of this compound to
your CPU core. He has good recommendations to make sure you put only the smallest
amount of it necesary to get the job done. If you click on the picture of
the copper spacer above you'll see just how little compound is needed for
heat transfer on a SocketA CPU. The Arctic Silver II compound retails for
$8 also and I highly recommend you use this for all your cooling needs.