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Old 08-30-2004, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I woke up this morning, and this picture came in my head of a copper head on the CPU. I then started to think, "Hey... If were so worried about heat, why dont we use a better conductor on the actual CPU?". So I was wondering why do they use the material they currently use on all of the cpu's? I'm not sure what it is, so I wont take a guess. So I need some answers:

1. Why do they use the material they use now
2. Why dont they use copper? Or is the other material more conductive?
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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isnt it silicon on the cpu head...?
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I dont know. Stop spamming the boards, I want a response with positively correct answers.
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uhh, 1st im not spamming.., and second, im answering ur question, silicon is much mroe condictive than copper, that y thermal past is made from silicon compound. geez
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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o gez u r write.


Why do we need the silicone head in the first place? Why doesn't the heat jus get sucked out and go into a ducting system?
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was taht a question, or was it cuz i said something dumb? ( plz say so if i did) so i wont say it again, hehe
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Quit bickering

I believe they use an aluminum heatspreader over the actual CPU, like with RAM and THEN they either use a thermal pad, inbetween the cpu heatspreader and the heatsink/fan, or thermal grease.........

I am pretty sure thats the way Intel does their's, not sure if AMD has the same method
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alright, thanks for clearing what i said wrong, but the thermal grease is silicone compound tho right?
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Why do they use aluminum? Have tests proved its better than a copper head? :Z
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Copper is better than Aluminum for cooling purposes.
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