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    How does a heatsink break?

    The one in my notebook broke and i just got a new one and had a friend of mine put it in. I don't want this one to break to.So how exactly do they break?

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    Re: How does a heatsink break?

    They are basically large blocks of metal with cuts to increase surface area. Much more would have broken if it did, I imagine your fan just wore out.

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    Re: How does a heatsink break?

    Quote Originally Posted by chaud
    They are basically large blocks of metal with cuts to increase surface area. Much more would have broken if it did, I imagine your fan just wore out.
    Yes many times the easiest way to find the part is to get the heatsink/fan as one unit. Can be hard to find just the fan by itself. A heatsink is just a chunk of metal so it can't really break. Either the fan breaks or the mounting system holding the heatsink onto the cpu/gpu/chipset.

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    Re: How does a heatsink break?

    Or the thermal compound is shot, but yea, the heatsink itself is really hard to break.

    The fan and thermal compound on the other hand...

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