Heatsink Recycling

If you’ve replaced your stock “E” chip heatsink and fan with something a bit more exotic, erotic, then why not make good use of it? This does require covering an extra PCI slot, so if you need them all this is not for you.

Need a good GeForce cooler? Then use a pair of needle nose pliers to pinch the plastic “hold on” clips on the back side of your video card. Then use your pliers to pull the clip free from the front side. Carefully wedge a single edge razor under the stock heat sink and fan and pop it loose. (Note: This step isn’t necessary with the Asus Geforce as Asus doesn’t use glue to attach its stock HS&F). Tennmax recommends the use of carburetor cleaner to remove any dried glue (in some cases a lot!) that’s left on the chip. If you use this method, be sure to follow their further recommendations and use isopropyl alcohol to clean off the carburetor cleaner residue.

Now position you Intel “E” HS&F on your card so that it’s free of any undesirable encounters with memory chips or electronic outcroppings that might cause a short. A word to the wise: I’ve only done this with an Asus DDR card. I had a much smaller Tennmax card cooler fan on hand in case I couldn’t get the fit I needed to make this work. It was fairly close, but doable. As most GeForce cards use a reference design it will probably work with other GeForce cards as well. But have a backup just in case!.

Once you’ve cleaned your card you’ll see that the round chip is flush with the surrounding chip retention material. Smooth a thin coat of heat sink compound (Radio Shack) taking care not to smear it on the surrounding area. If you do, wipe clean with a Kleenex. Now you can attach your new HS&F. I suppose a guy could get fancy here, but I used four very small drops of SuperGlue. I positioned my Intel HS&F, then sat my wife’s favorite vase on top (about 5lbs. or $50.00 worth of vase) and let it dry for 15 minutes. Now go outside and play games.

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