Thermal Interface Material (TIM) provides efficient thermal exchange between the processor Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) and the fan-heatsink. Proper installation of the TIM is crucial to the success of the processor and fan-heatsink integration process.
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When is additional TIM not required?
Most thermal solutions for Intel® Boxed Desktop Processors ship with the TIM already applied to the bottom of the fan-heatsink in a 3-bar application.
|Note||If your fan-heatsink has pre-applied TIM, there is no need to apply additional TIM. Do not touch the TIM. Introducing any foreign substances to the TIM can reduce effectiveness of the thermal contact.|
When is reapplication of TIM required?
A good guideline is to replace the TIM if you reinstall the processor or fan-heatsink.
- Proper application of the TIM is crucial to the success of the thermal solution.
- Failure to apply TIM can cause the processor to shut down or operate inefficiently.
- Failure to properly install TIM can cause the processor to overheat.
Where can I purchase TIM?
You can order TIM replacement kits through Intel Customer Support:
- Part number G15816-001 for the pillow pack.
How to apply TIM
|Step 1||Clean and install the processor |
Be careful not to touch the gold contacts at the bottom of the CPU.
|Using a soft, dry cloth or tissue, completely remove previously applied thermal interface material. Make sure the integrated heat spreader is free from oil, dust, and any other debris. |
|Install the processor in the socket. See videos under Related topics if you have questions about how to install the processor.|
|Step 2||Prepare the TIM |
If you are using a syringe, open the tip by twisting off the cap.
|Inject the TIM from the syringe to the center of the processor integrated heat spreader surface.|
|Step 3||If you are using a pillow pack, cut the package on the dotted black line.|
|Dispense the TIM from the pillow pack to the center of the processor surface.|
This image shows the approximate amount to apply to the processor topside. If using a pillow pack, some residual TIM is left in the package.
When the processor is operating, the heat spreads the TIM across the top of the processor integrated heat spreader and the bottom of the fan-heatsink.
|Step 4||Install the heat sink |
See videos under Related topics if you have questions about how to install the heatsink.
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