How to install Heat Sink onto Chipset

Discussion in 'Modding Forum' started by lamma, May 17, 2006.

  1. lamma

    lamma LI Guru Member

    Dear all,

    I would like to know how to stick or install the metal Heat Sink onto the top of Chipset in my WRT54GL Router ?

  2. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    Hello Lamma & Welcome to LinksysInfo,

    By no mean's am I an expert at this but...

    If the heatsink has adhesive tape (like These Ones that I used for my mod), then just rub the chip (on the board) with a little rubbing alcohol, let it dry, remove the protective coating on the heatsink’s adhesive, and place right on there. Simple ;)

    I have been told that this is not the best way to do it because your not getting a good connection between the HeatSink and chip, and most people recommend using thermal paste (Like this)...
    But I never understood how they got the heatsinks to stay in place on the board (because there are no mounting brackets or anything available for these routers). I do remember hearing someone say they used Rubberbands to keep the heatsinks from moving.

    Good Luck
  3. lamma

    lamma LI Guru Member

    Cool ... BassKozz, many thx for your quick response and detail explanation. But still cannot imagine how to use rubberbands to mount on the chip ??? Anyway, I will try different ways and let all you know how's the result then.

  4. dino74

    dino74 Network Guru Member

  5. BassKozz

    BassKozz Network Guru Member

    Nice dino74,
    I might remove my chips and reapply with this stuff... Here is great instructions on installation:
    How much of a difference would I see in preformance (temps) using this method vs. my chips self-adhesive pads?
  6. lamma

    lamma LI Guru Member

  7. anectine17

    anectine17 Network Guru Member

    I use quality thermal adhesive pads for the heat sinks in my WRT as well as those on m PC. The good thermal pads have nearly as good heat transfer as thermal compound. You can also use thermal epoxy (I use Arctic Silver), but you'd better like your heat sinks and their location pretty well...this stuff is pretty much permanent. Hope that helps.
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