Arctic Alumina Thermal Adhesive
Back in 1998,
when the nVidia TNT lineup was new, I purchased the original 16MB TNT (Diamond
Viper 550). Intrigued by the heatsink/fan arrangement, I pried off the heatsink
for several reasons: to see what was holding it on and to see if any improvements
could be made (read: better cooling). I was then faced with two choices, Epoxy
or (gulp) Superglue, both of which were simply dreadful. Today, we have quality
solutions for such a predicament. Look to Arctic
Silver's website for a product aptly named Arctic
Alumina Thermal Adhesive.
- Layered Composite
of Aluminum Oxide and Boron Nitride
- A permanent
- Price: $8.95
reminds me of Epoxy. You have two parts that don't do much unless they meet.
When they are properly mixed, the user has a few minutes to align the parts
to be joined, then a waiting periods ensues.
adhesive is not a typical "glue," it will have dramatically better
thermal properties. It is not recommended for CPU to heatsink configurations,
only those where the heatsink would fall off, such as a video card or chipset.
already familiar with two part adhesives, installation of the AA adhesive
will be a snap. But, being a "techie" I wanted to see just how well
this adhesive holds onto metallic things. So, the next section describes and
has an extensive pictorial for your enjoyment.
I found an
old, empty ATX case lying around and weighed it. Coming in at an "unloaded"
weight of 13 lbs, I thought "let's see how well this stuff will stick."
For the record, this is quite the ludicrous test; however, Arctic Alumina
Adhesive will surprise you on its permanence.
In The Package
ATX Case With White Adhesive
below and to the right shows preparation of the case and large bolt. Mix the
two halves evenly. For example, if you use so much of one syringe (part a),
make sure to match the same amount from the other syringe (part b). Don't
over do it. Use this sticky goop sparingly, no need to have extra squirting
out all over the place when mating the two surfaces.