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Old June 7, 2011, 08:15 PM
YukonTrooper YukonTrooper is offline
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Check your mounting. The direct-touch coolers are notorious for getting thermal paste pushed up into the cracks between the pipes and base, disallowing paste to spread across the whole chip.

What I like to do with the 212+ is get enough paste on to fill the cracks with pressure once the heatsink is mounted, dismount the heatsink, remove excess thermal paste blobs (you only want a super thin layer between cooler and chip), remount heatink and twist it in quarter-circles a few times to get the remaining thermal past spread evenly over the chip. You'll notice that it's actually very easy to twist the heatsink like this when it's mounted.
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