oily substance under heatsink

Aug 13, 2005
  1. so i'm working with my Asus P4S800 and i pull the heatsink off of the northbridge and i notice a thin, clear, oily substance surrounding the grease spot. is this a bad sign? or is it normal? i've never seen anything like it coming from ordinary silicon grease.
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Sounds fishy; since you have it open , give both surfaces a good cleaning and then apply Artic silver or your brand .It should not be oily in that area.
  3. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    I open a lot of heatsinks and apply a lot of "goop" in my work. I DO see sometimes when opening a gel case that some kinds will have a bit of oil loose. Kind of like adding oil to peanut butter or when oils come up out of your sour cream or whatever. I just mix the oil back up with the goop and apply it. Sounds like the stuff on yours was just old.

    Like Liquidlen said, a good cleaning and some new gel will do the trick.

    ICUB4UCME TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i geuss that does make some sense now that you say that because the grease thats on there is a bit more dried and flaky/crusty than lithium typically is. thanks a lot
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