CPU Shims

By ---agissi---
Jun 19, 2003
  1. Just a question I've had a long time, what is the point of a CPU shim? (what do they do). They're only like $2.50, is it worth getting one?

  2. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Posts: 79

    They are designed to protect the CPU die when you install a heatsink. There is no proof that it helps or hinders heat transfer (although many will argue one way or another). If you've already got your HSF installed on the CPU there is NO reason to get a shim. Even if you didn't there's not much of a reason to (unless you're really worried that you'll break it).
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,978   +15

    Alright thanks Shaft :) Btw, nice PC!
  4. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Posts: 79

    You're quite welcome, and thank you. I just built it about a month ago (first time build) and I absolutely love it.
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