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    To gel or not to gel...

    Greetings to all...

    I've read several threads here regarding the use of thermal gel between a processor and heat sink. I agree that some type of material (gel, tape, etc...) is needed to properly conduct heat away from the processor.

    My question is specifically regarding a retail boxed Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz 533FSB chip. There does not appear to be any gel in the package, but there is a black tape on the bottom of the monster-sized heat sink. As far as I can tell from reading notes on Intel's website, they usually include the gel in the retail boxes if it's needed. Since I do see the thermal tape, I'm assuming (bad thing to do here...) that I do not need to use any gel in this case.

    Can anyone offer any advice either way?

    Thanks in advance <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>,

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    Re: To gel or not to gel...

    My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>: thermal tape sucks. Get some heatsink compound and sparingly apply it to the underside of the heatsink. Remember, the goal of the compound is not to perform the actual heat transfer, but to create a gapless surface between the processor and heatsink so that the conductive action of the metal does the bulk of the work.

    You can remove the splotch of tape with lighter fluid and a paper towel....just let the lighter fluid dry really well. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: To gel or not to gel...

    MarkJ,
    My own opinion is that you should use a SMALL amount of thermal compound ( the real name for gel/grease/gunk,etc.) in addition to the thermal tape supplied with the CPU. The idea being to enable maximum surface contact between the chip and the heatsink, thus getting more efficient heat transfer off the chip ant to the heatsink. This is the same thing as heatsinking a power transistor to it's sink, keeping it cool <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> as possible. A little is fine, too much is NG!
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    Re: To gel or not to gel...

    Hi Mark,

    As always, thanks for the advice. That's exactly what I suspected!

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    Re: To gel or not to gel...

    Hi Viking,

    Thanks for the additional confirmation. I agree completely!

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