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    Default Processor and heatsink lapping

    Have any of you tried lapping the surface of processor and the heatsink for better thermal conductivity? If so, what did you use to lap the processor and the heatsink, and from where did you buy/collect the stuff that was used for the lapping procedure?

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    Quote Originally Posted by romulus_ut3 View Post
    Have any of you tried lapping the surface of processor and the heatsink for better thermal conductivity? If so, what did you use to lap the processor and the heatsink, and from where did you buy/collect the stuff that was used for the lapping procedure?
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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    i have lapped my Q6600 and thermaltake DU-ORB and also my AMD stock cooler...

    i lapped my heatsinks from a small shop in Mohakhali under the Over-Bridge

    as for processor i had an old broken P43 motherboard....i placed the processor on the socket tighten it up and just lapped gently with sanding paper......as u knw there are many levels of sanding paper....just start from the small grain one , then with middle grain ones , and at last the big grain one to shine it of

    u can just get an idea about sanding paper levels from youtube and u can can sanding paper from any paint shop in BD

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    Okay, I'm now interested in lapping my heatsink surface only, as the sanding procedure polishes off all the serials/tags written on a processor which will kill it's resell value, thank you naved777 for sharing your experience.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    Quote Originally Posted by romulus_ut3 View Post
    Okay, I'm now interested in lapping my heatsink surface only, as the sanding procedure polishes off all the serials/tags written on a processor which will kill it's resell value, thank you naved777 for sharing your experience.
    I have different grit sand papers, but this is the reason why I'm not lapping it D;
    Last edited by Dee; December 1st, 2011 at 12:28.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    How much did the sandpapers cost you, @Dee ? The procedure of lapping the heatsink surface requires sandpapers of different grits, but unfortunately, since I live in the middle of nowhere, I can't buy $#!T

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    Quote Originally Posted by romulus_ut3 View Post
    How much did the sandpapers cost you, @Dee ? The procedure of lapping the heatsink surface requires sandpapers of different grits, but unfortunately, since I live in the middle of nowhere, I can't buy $#!T
    You can get them from Kauran Bazaar, I hope I spelled it right :/
    I once tried sanding the CPU, bought 4-5 different grit papers, total cost was something like 500tk or more, forgot the exact amount. You'll get them from hardware/paint shops, goodluck

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    I'll certainly need the luck, and thanks for the info! Since you did lap your processor and the HSF, you're probably the right person to ask the question, did you notice any drop in temperature due to the "supposedly better thermal conductivity"

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    Quote Originally Posted by naved777 View Post
    i have lapped my Q6600 and thermaltake DU-ORB and also my AMD stock cooler...

    i lapped my heatsinks from a small shop in Mohakhali under the Over-Bridge

    as for processor i had an old broken P43 motherboard....i placed the processor on the socket tighten it up and just lapped gently with sanding paper......as u knw there are many levels of sanding paper....just start from the small grain one , then with middle grain ones , and at last the big grain one to shine it of

    u can just get an idea about sanding paper levels from youtube and u can can sanding paper from any paint shop in BD
    Do u even know what u r saying??

    ---------- Post added at 20:05 ---------- Previous post was at 19:59 ----------

    Each paper should not cost more than 40-50 taka from nobabpur.

    Don't use anything less than 800# paper. I personally prefer to use the 800# 1st until i see the copper then use 1000# but do make sure that u use the same paper for both cpu and HS in the finishing stage of lapping. which is 1000#
    Last edited by minitt; December 1st, 2011 at 21:53.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    He meant grit I suppose you're the right guy to ask about this probably @minitt as I remember reading through your gadget list that you have lapped your processor, care to share how you did it?

    Edit: he beat me to it.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    @romulus_ut3 I used a Glass Surface on which The sand paper was evenly glued. Then I placed my fingers in such a way that puts even pressure across the CPU.U can do circular pattern along with up n down. Use water randomly on the sand paper to maintain the smooth flow. The critical point is DO NOT RUSH.

    And DO NOT PUT EXTRA pressure to save time. Unfortunately I cant tell you in # how much pressure is safe yet just use common sense.

    After doing the lapping place a single drop of water on the glass and press the cpu on it the water drop should evenly spread across the cpu surface. IT means u did a good job. good luck.
    Last edited by minitt; December 1st, 2011 at 22:03.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    @romulus_ut3 , I went up to 2500 paper I believe, starting with 800. The 1800-2500+ papers were kinda expensive, but I bought two of them either way. I wanted a mirror finish, but it was a horrible experience
    The CPU got all scared, it was uneven finish & yes! I did see a decrease in temps, though I was only using the stock Intel HSF.

    It's not that hard once you start, though it's a mundane task. But once you finish it off, most likely there will be a 4-5C difference depending upon the finish.
    Last edited by dipanzan; December 1st, 2011 at 22:26.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    Is lapping that more effective then a thermal paste ?

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    Quote Originally Posted by Ģααŗα™ View Post
    Is lapping that more effective then a thermal paste ?
    Lapping is just a procedure to even out the surface(contact) between the cooler & the IHS of the CPU. You still need a medium(TIM) for heat to conduct between these surfaces for the cooler to work.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    I wonder why does he even need to lap his CPU. Just get a better cooler, lapping not worth the risk imo.

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    Default Re: Processor and heatsink lapping

    I don't see any risks in lapping my heatsink? I already have a G Power Socket775 Cooler and the temperature never crosses [email protected] while running prime95.

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