Do CPU Shims work?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Digerati, Mar 3, 2003.

  1. Digerati

    Digerati Guest

    Just wondering if little copperalloy CPU shims do anything worthwhile for AthlonXP cpus?
     
  2. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered

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    yah they can stop you from cracking your core, they can keep a vibrating hsf from ratling all over your core, but I don't know if they actually help cool the cpu. I personally use one but I use it for the first two reason. think of it as 2 dallor insurance that u won't chip your core putting your hsf on. worth it in my book.
     
  3. Taurus

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    i was a firm believer and user of shims for about a year... then one day while i was messing around and trying a different cpu, i put my old one back in and forgot to put my shim in under the heatsink. i went ahead and booted up anyway and have been getting the lowest temps i've ever seen. about 5° cooler than before.

    i think, in my case, that the shim wasn't letting the heatsink sit on the core tightly enough to get good thermal conductivity. and i understand amd currently advises against using shims for this same reason.

    so, i think the only instance i'll ever build a comp with a shim is if it's going to be transported a lot. it will help keep the heatsink from being jolted around and falling off or crushing the core. i should also try a different shim from a different manufacturer.

    lastly, most places sell 2 different shims... depending on what core your athlon has.
     
  4. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    amd does not suggest usage of shims for only their newer cpu's because of thermal reasons...

    a cpu shim is basically a SPACER and as krux said... I use it basically as insurance against crushing one of the rubber struts and killing my core...

    I do advise all my m8's whose computer I put together (with lower end amd cpu's) to get a shim so as to prvent damage..

    it is not required and I really don't see it disipating heat more/less... but if you do get a slightly BENT shim... you will have problems... :)

    make sure if you are using it you know what you are doing...
     
  5. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    I dont use a shim, never have
     
  6. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    you don't need to use a shim... I just recommend it as a matter of safety for the lower end cpu's from amd... it is not needed... for sure...

    but it doesn't do any harm if you know what yiu are doing either :)