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x-kid

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yea ur still suppose to use thermal paste. a shim is meant to be used as a safe guard so you won't crack your core when installing your cpu cooler.

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Salmon Dream

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but it is supposed to stay on untill you take your processor out, and do you put the thermal paste on under it?
 
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Sniperboy

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A shim is meant to be left on the entire time. A shim can actually increase your temps a little. It's one main purpose is to protect the core, and I don't see that as an issue with the Athlon XP's.
 

JoJoMoJo

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sniperboy is rt ....just there to keep the core from being smushed. Nothing to do with cooling.
 
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Sniperboy said:
A shim is meant to be left on the entire time. A shim can actually increase your temps a little. It's one main purpose is to protect the core, and I don't see that as an issue with the Athlon XP's.

is it worth it... i am getting an athlon xp 1600+... is it easy to crack the core?
 

Tipycol

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As I just replied on another thread:

...Although I don't think they are needed, shims do protect the core, however the effect on the heatsink varies. Some people get higher temps, while others get a lower temp. If you feel you might crush the core, get a shim. Just dont' be surprised if the temp goes up a few degrees.
 

1Time

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I've not used a shim before and still see no need to use them. I guess I'll have to crush my XP some day before I may change my tune. I just can't recall anyone saying they've crushed their XP while installing a cooler. And I can't see how it could be crushed unless you were careless enough to drop the cooler on it.
 

spazzkid

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ive crushed a few cores before (due to sum carelessness), but that doesnt make me want to get a shim. just be careful when installing hsf's. the core isnt really that fragile u know.