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Old November 1, 2012, 06:04 PM
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Default Cleaning 'Stain' on H80 Base

So I just recently received a H80 and I tried to unsuccessfully clean the base with some alcohol wipes.

My friend who gave this to me said that it was only used once with the stock thermal paste during the initial overclocking phase on a new build. After that, he put it back in the box, but didn't wipe off the thermal paste. That was about 5 months ago.

After wiping, no matter no how hard I tried, there is still a thermal-paste colored 'stain'. Is this normal? I've always been able to wipe other heatsinks almost completely clean.

Is this a problem that affects the usability of the heatsink or is it simply an 'aesthetic' issue?

I suspect it's just paste stuck in 'pores' in the heatsink base and should not be an issue. However, I'm not sure what happens to semi-used paste after 5 months and I thought I should check with you guys. In the end, this is a 'free upgrade' for my little brother's build and losing 3-5 degrees is not a big deal.
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Old November 1, 2012, 06:11 PM
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So I just recently received a H80 and I tried to unsuccessfully clean the base with some alcohol wipes.

My friend who gave this to me said that it was only used once with the stock thermal paste during the initial overclocking phase on a new build. After that, he put it back in the box, but didn't wipe off the thermal paste. That was about 5 months ago.

After wiping, no matter no how hard I tried, there is still a thermal-paste colored 'stain'. Is this normal? I've always been able to wipe other heatsinks almost completely clean.

Is this a problem that affects the usability of the heatsink or is it simply an 'aesthetic' issue?

I suspect it's just paste stuck in 'pores' in the heatsink base and should not be an issue. However, I'm not sure what happens to semi-used paste after 5 months and I thought I should check with you guys. In the end, this is a 'free upgrade' for my little brother's build and losing 3-5 degrees is not a big deal.
Its aesthetic and welcome to copper.
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Old November 1, 2012, 06:40 PM
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its copper oxidation so you have nothing to worry about, doesn't affect temperatures
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Old November 1, 2012, 07:13 PM
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that's good news for me. thanks guys!
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Old November 1, 2012, 08:19 PM
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Ketchup generally works rather well to clean copper.
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Old November 2, 2012, 04:35 AM
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Yup ketchup or lemon juice. Something acidic.
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Old November 2, 2012, 09:14 AM
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Vinegar. That's what gives ketchup it's acidity. Only put it in for 30 minutes at a time and check it, and don't let the vinegar touch anything chrome or nickel plated because it eats it.
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