Originally Posted by InertKinesis
Una pregunta: I've been reading the Arctic Silver Inc. website, and it seems like AS5 would be pretty easy to apply myself. Are there any weird hitches or problems that commonly arise with it? Working in delicate small spaces is nothing new to me; I've been doing R/C aircraft for a few years now and tiny epoxy jobs or soldering jobs in the nastiest little places is nothing new.
I've put it on my desktop processors. What it is basically is finely ground silver suspended in some kind of mixture that keeps it in paste form. The problem is it's very conductive as it's metal, both for heat and electricity. You need to be careful that you don't use too much as it can ooze out of the space and make connections between circuits on the mobo. The instructions are thorough, as long as you follow them, you'll be fine.
On the last processor I did, I used a small drop of the stuff, maybe the size of a grain of rice, and spread it on the processor with a razor blade to a very thin sheet.
After you go through a couple heat cycles, the strata that keeps it liquid like sets up, so it becomes a fairly solid piece of metal that forms to the processor and heatsink for maximum heat transmission. It's basically like casting a custom fit piece of silver between the heatsink and chip.
The only bad story I read about it was someone that used too much, and had a big air bubble in the middle so there was little direct contact between the heatsink and processor. If you follow the directions though that's very unlikely to happen.
In my experience, applied correctly it's very effective at dropping temps, and making the cooling systems in the computers work more efficiently.
|Hammerhead, if you happen to look further into the idea of a more powerful fan to fit in the chassis for the GPUs, please keep us updated.
I will, and if anybody else knows anything about laptop fans or cooling mods please jump in. So far I haven't found anything but fans for specific models, or OEM replacements, nothing in the way of high performance replacement fans and/or heatsinks. Even without overclocking, the cooler we keep these things, the longer they'll last.
|Maybe somebody should make a sticky'ed thread that lists important things about the m9700, like this with the AS5 and the fans, and also stuff like the fact that it ships with the wrong CPU driver. I know marker01 noted it but it seems to have been glossed over.
Good idea. If one hasn't been set up by the time I get my m9700, I'll start one.