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  1. #1
    May 2001

    Chances of Cracking the Core on Athlon Tbird

    What exactly are the chances that I will crack the core on my new 1.33Ghz AMD Tbird using the Alpha PEP66T?

    Is it really worth 9 bucks for a shim?

    Do any of you guys have shims? Have you ever cracked a core? Does the company replace something like that (I wouldn't think so).

    -Thoughts, experiences???
    MSI K7T Turbo RAID
    1.33Ghz AXIA Y @ 1.4 (140x10)
    w/ Alpha PEP66T w/ double 10mm fans
    Leadtek Geforce2 PRO 64
    512MB (2x256) Crucial CAS2 PC133 RAM
    WD 20GB 7200rpm HDD
    Plextor 8/4/32A CDRW
    EN-7237 Case

  2. #2
    May 2001
    Madison, WI
    Take your time and don't force it if it doesn't feel right. People lacking patience is the #1 reason for cracked cores. And no most companies would not replace a chip with physical damage.

  3. #3
    Jan 2001
    Birmingham, AL

    just take your time

    I had the original core-crushing golden orb on my tbird 800...when I took it off the other day to pop in my 1.2tbird the core was completely intact. The moral of the story is: if you're patient you can make even a cooler with a bad clip not crush the core, if you're clip is designed right then I don't think you should have any problems, so I wouldn't worry about the shim unless you plan on removing the heatsink often.

    The Crunchers:
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    Athlon XP 2100+ :: Asus A7N8X Deluxe Rev. 2.0 :: MSI Geforce4 Ti4800 8X SE :: 2X 256MB Samsung PC2700 DDR Ram :: Seagate 80GB SATA :: Windows XP Pro SP1
    "The Tower" || Desktop
    1.2ghz TBird :: Asus A7V :: Visiontek Geforce 2 MX 64megs :: 512MB Crucial CAS-2 PC133 :: IBM 60GXP 40GB :: Soundblaster Audigy Platinum :: MK-4902 MIDI controller :: Windows XP Pro SP1
    "Rapunzel" || Laptop
    Dell Inspiron 8200 :: P4 1.6 (don't tell anyone) :: 256MB DDR :: GeForce4GO w/64MB DDR :: Windows XP Home SP1
    "Hrothgar" || Internet Gateway/File/Print/Game Server
    Dell Optiplex GX110 :: P3 667 :: 128MB RAM :: Windows 2000 Professional SP3
    "Elron" || Wife's machine
    800Mhz TBird :: 256MB :: Windows 2000 Professional SP3

    If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

  4. #4
    May 2001
    Essex (UK)

    No probs

    I dont think these cores are as bad as everyone says, check my sig (Im running a PEP66U modified for Athlon) Its a great HSF. Im using a Safety shim (non conductive) anyway, but I didnt have one on to start with. The only reason Im using the shim is because I transport my PC around a lot and dont want the moving HSF to kill my 1Gig AXIA!!

    Mobo: Abit NF7 Rev 2.0 Bios D24
    CPU: Barton 2500+ @ 10 x 222 (2.2 Ghz)
    HSF: SLK800 w 80mm YS-Tech 8125
    RAM: 2 x 512MB Kingmax PC3500 Super Red (single channel ) 11,3,3,2.5
    GFX: Geforce 6800NU @ 16,6 & 345/831
    PSU: Sparkle 400w PSU
    Case: Lian Li PC60 with YS-Tech 8125's

    3dMark05: 4085 so far

  5. #5
    Jan 2001
    calagary Alberta ,Canada EH
    for the 9 bucks its like insurance . you can have it for 20 years and nothing ever happens if you dont buy it for your house thats when it burns down. I have changed many hsf on many comps and havnt crushed one yet but i still have a non conductive shim and I feel much easyier taking off my hs now.

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  6. #6
    Feb 2001
    Gautier, MS
    Back in April, I was reading about crushed cores, and here is this guy crying cuz he had just crushed his, and he said he had taken off and replaced his HSF many times, without any problems. Now his new 1.2 gig tbird was dead, and how he wished he had used a shim, ect ect. I went to his profile, and read several of his older posts that indicated the use of a shim...and here is this guy bragging to everybody that he had done it many times, and never had a problem...and nobody actually needs a shim if you are carefull. I guess he wasn't so carefull that last time, huh!

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