X220: Replacing thermal paste, anyone have any noticeable differences?

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  1. THS

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    I was under the impression that opening a laptop voids the warranty :confused:

    Lenovo allows self repairs and upgrades like adding memory ect ?
     
  2. bogatyr

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    For some parts yes, I believe they label them CRUs (customer replaceable unit) or something similar.
     
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    I believe you are taking this out of context. What I meant was that ambient temperatures were not a major factor in the reduction of temperatures I experienced.
     
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    Try using IntelBurnTest, or any other stress tester based on Linpack.

    I'm almost 100% certain that the heatsink and fan assembly are rated to almost exactly 35watts.

    Like you, when I first replaced my thermal material, I thought I saw about a 5c reduction in my temps. But after a few more days and weeks worth of testing, I realized that there was no difference.
     
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    :D :D :D You meant where "on a machine"? On the lid? On the palmrest?

    Not all forum participants are technically ignorant (in fact, sometimes I find that they know too much for their own good :)) and it doesn't take a "specialist" to fix/upgrade/build computers these days.
     
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    "Not all forum participants are technically ignorant (in fact, sometimes I find that they know too much for their own good ) and it doesn't take a "specialist" to fix/upgrade/build computers these days."

    I notice several things. Not one of the claims got to specifics. They were just generalizations.

    I have been a professional operating system developer since the seventies through the nineties for what was the worlds second largest computer company.

    I'll keep on making rash claims that are fully justified and fully supported. I think putting a coolant on a CPU chip is skilled worked. There may be those who get away with it. It's a precaution. I've built all my cpu's since they were at 35 MHZ. You will probably get away with it, but what is recommended here is far too little in the way of preparing the reader and in instructing the reader.

    What's the matter are you afraid of considering something and actually thinking about it? At DEC engineers we were known for our arrogance.

    Renee
     
  7. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Putting thermal paste on a CPU and getting decent temperatures is a very simple procedure that majority of people (even unskilled and computer illiterate can replicate if shown once) as long as they are careful, have the correct tools and follow instructions. Just search Youtube and you will find several good videos for applying thermal paste.

    The technical skill comes with research, testing, and experience, in order to minimize your temperatures, there are specific methods of application that are better and controlling the amount of thermal paste make more difference than the actual brand of thermal paste used.
     
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    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I never said you don't know what you're doing, I'm just saying that it isn't very difficult to do but difficult to master. There isn't much to go wrong if you follow instructions. If I'm mistaken, then please enlighten me.
     
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    Sick brag, bro.

    And yes, we engineers may be arrogant, but we don't have to stuck up about it.

    Lastly, instead of playing the arrogance card, you could contribute a little bit to the discussion on providing tips and such on how to do a proper thermal paste swap. Pointers, anecdotes, guides, links, etc.

    At the end of the day, we're all just enthusiasts that know a thing or two about computers through years of picking stuff up, breaking it, and fixing it.

    For the OP, you can check my sig for a brief TP rundown I did on my uMBP. Just something to add to your resources.
     
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