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  1. #1
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    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???
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  2. #2
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    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
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    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.
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  4. #4
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    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!!

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  5. #5
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    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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    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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