1. ps786

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    Do I need to remove CPU heat shield and reapply thermal paste between CPU and copper foil when remounting heat sink? I understand you need to repaste the layer between copper foil and heat sink, but what about the layer underneath? The reason I am asking is when I am removing heatsink, I noticed the copper foil was lift up a few millimeters by the adhesion. Would this cause the paste underneath to shift?

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    I repaste every CPU/GPU heatsink of every bit of electronics equipment that has a CPU/GPU with heatsinks/active cooling that can be assembled and disassembled.

    I'm actually shocked that there's people who don't do it.
     
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    yes, irrelevant of what device uses thermal paste.
    having an air bubble in between the die and the heatsink is an unacceptable mistake, even if it's wasteful to constantly reapply paste
     
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    He speaks about the gap between CPU and heat(?)shield. If he doesnt take it off, theres no need to reapply the stuff in my opinion.
     
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    Yes, I did it anyways but it turns out totally unnecessary. The slight upward movement when removing heatsink didn't affect thermal paste between heat shield and cpu. :D
     
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    I just remove the copper sticker and paste directly from heatsink to cpu because honestly the sticker does nothing and usually the thermal paste applied underneath is trashly done
     
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    When you turn the CPU shield over, there is a white strip surrounding copper foil. Did it came off when you remove the copper foil? I could be wrong but I think that strip is to insulate CPU caps from heatsink.
     
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    Could be wrong too, but afaik thats a 'glue' coating or something like that..
    glues/connects the copperfoil and the shield together, i.e. electromagnetic shielding ;)

    If you remove the foil, its hard to get the thing back in place. Ofc both sides of the foil needs thermal paste...
     
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    I’ve removed the copper foil on mine, it didn’t take the white insulation off.

    Removed the copper foil and used MX4 when reassembling after the chip install and I haven’t really noticed a difference in cooling/fan speed either way.
     
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