Thermal Interface Pads

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  1. aphirst
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    aphirst "Aren't girls with pee-pees just men?"

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    I'm sure many of you have taken apart laptops.

    When one gets to the Processor, Graphics Card, or a few choice Chips/Transistors, one will notice the manufacturer's thermal interface pads which connect the components to the heat-sink plates. I've removed (and, sadly, damaged beyond use) the pads from around the Graphics chip on my laptop, and have applied AS5 grease. However, the chip+grease now does not make contact with the heat-sink plate.

    This is because the manufacturer's thermal interface pads are (at a guess) a millimetre thick, possibly slightly more; and there are noticeable gaps between the components and the heat-sink plates.

    The question is: Where on earth could I buy a small amount of this thick thermal interface sheet material at a low cost? I'm thinking in the general area of 100x100mm. I've looked before, but have been unable to find anything other than those ones which are barely 0.2mm thick, which are adhesive.

    Thanks to anyone who can give me a poke in the right direction. [​IMG]

    (Today there should be a post on my GBAtemp blog which details why I removed them in the first place, and why I think I might need something similar now)
     
  2. Lee79

    Lee79 Hyper...Active...Team Fortress 2 Addict

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    Raki GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Well, how about some copper? it's btter for transfering heat, but it can short your laptop, if it connects the wrong contacts
     
  4. aphirst
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    aphirst "Aren't girls with pee-pees just men?"

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    Oh, excellent. I'll just double-check how thick I need it, then get my hands on some.

    How the hell did you find that? [​IMG]
     
  5. Lee79

    Lee79 Hyper...Active...Team Fortress 2 Addict

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    I buy my and PC Fans and Modding stuff from them so knew where to look as soon as I read your question [​IMG]
     
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    Scorpei GBAtemp Maniac

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    edit, sorry didn't read the full post. But still, there has to be a way to use paste... works a lot better IMHO.
     
  7. pizzahutmaster

    pizzahutmaster Advanced Member

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    actually if you use a thick layer of ICD7 it works pretty good