Can't decide if this should be in mobile or here.
I purchased an Athlon64 3000+ S939 processor and an Asus A8V Mboard on tuesday.
Just looking over the fan'heatsink that came with the processor, there appears to be, what might be, a thermal pad attached to the bottom of the heatsink.
Q: Is it a thermal pad ?
Q: If so, what do people think of it's quality/reliability.
Q: What do people think of the performane expectation from the fan. It looks very much like your standard 80mm fan to me. I don't suppose AMD have built in some obsolecence there. The fan sure dosen't impress me? I will probably replace that.
Up at the local shopping center there's an outlet called "Dick Smiths", a general electronics type shop. It does carry some Thermal-Take products, mostly heatsinks and a couple of standard 80mm fans, nothing to elaborate. They do have some small tubes of "Arctic Silver" though, which i have noticed gets a good recommendation.
My main question is on this sticy, grey, pad thing, very thin and stuck to the bottom of the heatsink, and the right size and place to cover the cpu .... a thermal pad ???
There is nothing in the instruction sheet that is specific on that, (which drives me to total distraction (grin) )
For all i know it could just be a protective film, that needs to be removed, then wiped over with some iso-pro before the real past is applied.
If anyone can correct me on that,, it would be mucho grandae.
PS: The Mainboards manual is really slack i recone . I would have expected a bit more elaboration there, so it looks like it will be using mainly defaults untill i'm better informed
And it is __really__ windows specific too. Looks like open source drivers are going to have to be tracked down, before i can try to use some of the cool features Asus claim for thier board. Would have thought a major company like that would have been more Linux supportive, but ... it would seem not
We still have such a long way to go i guess...
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