I am getting a replacement motherboard from ASUS this week (A8N-E) and thus have to uninstall and reinstall my 3800+ X2.
I am bummed because it has had really good temps ~26-49 C.
I want to maintain this and am worried I won't , mainly becasue of the stock grease that came on my Athlon heatsink seemed so perfectly installed and has been performing well.
I have been instructed to use a rice grain sized dab of Arctic Silver 5 placed on the center of the CPU
and to let the heatsink pressure spread the grease on it own. I am hesitant cuz this seemingly would not spread out to all corners evenly thus not attaining maximum surface area coverage.
Second ?--- do I need to install this driver:
AMD Athlon¬ô 64 X2 Dual Core Processor Driver for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Version (exe) 1.2.2
does it replace another already insatlled Microsoft driver?
If a specific AMD driver is req'd, shouldn't a disc come with the cpu in box?