Thank You for purchasing the absolute finest in insurance for your AMD CPU!
Even though your Tweakmonster CPU spacer has been custom manufactured to stringent standards, it is not 'moron-proof', or 'plug and play' by any means.
It WILL require a little bit of time to set up, and therefore be able to accomplish it's intended task.....protect your CPU investment from pointless destruction.
Please...... DON'T BE STUPID.......
Regardless of what you know, or think you know.
BEFORE YOU INSTALL....
Please take a few minutes to read some inportant info we have put together regarding your new spacer.
"Tweakmonster.com is not responsible for any damage to any hardware caused by the installation of this spacer. If this is a problem for you, please return it to where you got it from."
Before you install your new non-electrically conductive Socket A spacer, please take a moment to read over the following tips we have put together to help ensure a successful installation and to help you get the most out of this product without needlessly, and permanantly, damaging your CPU. (The whole reason you bought this spacer was to prevent that right?)
Even though they have been manufactured to the utmost standard of quality, just because they left us in perfect condition doesn't mean they got to you in perfect shape, so you must be sure it is in good order.
Because this spacer was made to leave a fraction of an inch between it and the CPU core, before installing it you must check to ensure that it is as flat as it can get.
This spacer was manufactured from a precision ground and thin aluminum material, and it can warp pretty easily. MINOR warpage will not hurt anything (minor meaning smaller than your eye can see) it is the obvious warpage you should be concerned with.
What you DON'T want is it keeping your heatsink from touching the core. This will FRY AN ATHLON IN UNDER ONE MINUTE!!! I have seen it happen.
That's how much heat these little 'nuclear reactors' put out!
The simplest way to check for excessive warpage is by looking down the side of the spacer to ensure that is is relatively flat. Remember, MINOR warpage will not keep this spacer from doing it's job. It is the obvious warps that could do needless damage by keeping the heatsink from contacting the top of the CPU core.
If things look good and the spacer seems pretty flat on all sides, proceed to the next page.
If not, look down on the edges of the spacer and find the side(s) that appear warped and GENTLY bend it back straight again. Re-run Step 1 until all sides appear to be as flat as they can get.
This spacer has been designed to use the factory 'pads' to keep it in position on the processor die, and is symmetrical. However, because Athlons are manufactured, those pad positions may vary slightly from chip to chip, and you may find one of yours is out of place slightly.
You will notice there is one corner of the spacer that appears to have been 'chopped off'. This is not a manufacturing mistake. This is the edge which you line up with the 'chopped off' corner on your processor die to ensure you have aligned it correctly. Look at the pictures above as they illustrate exactly what this means (click to enlarge pictures).
Continue by placing the spacer on top of the processor aligning the 'chopped off' corners of both the spacer and the processor die. If you find that installing it with the corners lined up leaves the shim covering any traces on the processor die, or your processor does not even have a chopped off corner, then you may turn the spacer until it is in a position that covers no traces. It is symmetrical and may be installed any way you see fit.. The MOST important thing is to be sure the shim DOES NOT cover any processor die traces when installed. Granted, this shim is non-conductive of electricity, but it is better to be safe than sorry either way you look at it. The shim is completely symmetrical, and can be installed any way that allows all the traces to stay uncovered without loosing its' functionality.
Last, make sure the spacer is not being held off the die by any of the four pads that hold it in place.
If there is a problem with a pad being way out of position, I recommend this.... use a sharp, single-edged razor blade and CAREFULLY remove the out-of-place pad(s). Position the spacer in the desired location on the die, then use a dab of super glue (or any glue that has little or no thickness to it) and re-attach the pad(s) in the correct location, using the spacer as a template.
You are finished! Time to install that heatsink without worrying about it damaging your fragile CPU core!
Don't want that shim sliding around and having any chance of getting out of position? To solve this, I recommend using a SMALL drop of crazy glue (also called super glue) in one corner between the spacer and the processor die to help hold it securely in place. This will ensure the spacer does not shift at all during heatsink installation, while also allowing easy removal of the shim in the future.
Please feel free to contact us if you need any more help with any of these installation processes, or have any feedback in general.
Note: We highly discourage the use of orbs with this product, unless you remove the raised rib from the bottom. Look at one and you'll know what we mean. This can be deadly! Get yourself a better cooling solution. Also, DO NOT use any type of thermal grease or compound on the spacer itself! It will make it too thick and fry your CPU!!! DO NOT even try!!
However, using thermal compound between the CPU core and the heatsink is REQUIRED for proper heat conductivity. We highly recommend Arctic Silver, which is available from most online retailers. Follow their instructions for proper installation of thermal compound.