DH Guide: Lapping a Heatsink

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  1. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    Staff member Joe "Roadee" Dawson has a great step by step guide up for everyone, showing you how to lap your heatsink.

    This is the next installment in our guides series and im sure will prove benefical to alot of members.

    To read the guide please go to this page on Driverheaven and be sure to pass your comments or address any questions to Joe in our forums.
     
  2. The_Neon_Cowboy

    The_Neon_Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    verry good work . nice mirror shine!
     
  3. Chaos

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    very nice indeed !!!!!
     
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    toddsmack2k It Never.....

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    Great and handy guide
     
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    Beat me to it man!!!! Nice guide
     
  6. Roadee

    Roadee Never forgotten

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    Hope it comes in handy for someone. Maybe if someone that has never done this before decides to try it.......then they will post about there experience in here.
     
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    It really does help, the first time i did it i didnt think that it would make much of a difference. You really see a decrease in temp with new and old heatsinks.
     
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    Great guide Roadee! It really does help to lap the heatsink and you've writen a great easy-to-follow guide. THX!!!
     
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    WildChild I'm Still Watching

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    Very Cool Guide......
     
  10. Roadee

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    Thanks everyone........if anyone has any question on this guide or others......just let me know. I am here to help any way I can.
     
  11. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    ....i'd like to give it a try...... also... i thought polishing was a very bad idea... and i can understand why..... polish fills in the unseen dips in the heatsink were the thermal paste is saposed to go...... right? (cause more heat... then before)
     
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    yeah, I would reccomend againts polishing. A mirror finish acctually raised my temps by 1C compared to a regular 1200 grit sanded finsh.
     
  13. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    I should attempt to make my own heatsink from scratch.... wonder what the BEST heatsink material would be... i know copper is good..but is there something else better...... i could make on mean heatsink with the tools i could use....
     
  14. Stuart_Davidson

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    A block of gold.
     
  15. HardwareHeaven

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    1c? of course you quote this extremely minor increase taking into consideration changes in ambient room temperature and other fan related variables, right?
     
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    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    that stuff is way to soft to play with... and hard to get ahold of.... when i have money... and i mean a serious amount... i'll do it....
     
  17. HardwareHeaven

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    judas I hate to break it to you but I think he was yanking your chain.
     
  18. Stuart_Davidson

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    Of course i was, everyone knows the most conductive metals are Silver then Copper then Gold...
     
  19. HardwareHeaven

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    Actually although its an interesting theory, I am not quite so sure it would be feasible or practical to attempt making a heatsink, there is a surprisingly high amount of R&D that goes into the design of a heatsink, its not just the case of plopping on a piece of copper. If you take a look at a thermalright SLK or another of the high end heatsinks, the build quality and the fans, and design is of an extremely high quality.
     
  20. eyeguy616

    eyeguy616 ZZzzzzzzzzzz...........

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    I wonder when we can expect super extreme air cooling solutions to use a core of silver with copper/aluminum fins? We already know the wonders of ThermalRight's ALX-800, a near perfect fusion of copper and aluminum that cools as well as the SLK-800 with ~100grams less weight and is 10-20 dollars cheaper.... I wonder how a silver (plus aluminum/copper) heatsink would do? :drool:

    ~eyeguy616
     

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