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jesburger
10-17-01, 05:42 PM
ive been looking all over but i havent found a good description of what it really is :P

from what i read, its this floppy piece of metal you put between your cpu and your heatsink/waterblock/whatever

newbie1
10-17-01, 05:53 PM
here is a good explanation of what a shim is:

shim (shm)
n.
A thin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly.

tr.v. shimmed, shim·ming, shims
To fill in, level, or adjust by using shims or a shim.


well its used in processors to become level with the core, so it(the core) won't crack or break

information gotten from:
http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=Shim

newbie1
10-17-01, 06:13 PM
and the material is usually made out of copper, or non-conductive material, they are also known as "CPU Spacers", a site so you can actually see how they look like:

http://www.plycon.com/spacers.htm

YARDofSTUF
10-17-01, 06:51 PM
shims are good for ppl with bad hands or ppl that thikn they're gonna crack teh chip easy

newbie1
10-17-01, 08:00 PM
and usually you'll get a 50/50 chance on getting heat reduction on the cpu if you use a copper shim(copper good conductor of heat), and usually if you use a non-conductive shim your temps will go up like 1-2 degrees celsius, because it does not aid in heat transfers

Brent
10-17-01, 08:43 PM
this is a shim

http://www.overclockershideout.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=o&Product_Code=ABSS&Category_Code=CS

Brent
10-17-01, 08:44 PM
Originally posted by newbie1
and usually you'll get a 50/50 chance on getting heat reduction on the cpu if you use a copper shim(copper good conductor of heat), and usually if you use a non-conductive shim your temps will go up like 1-2 degrees celsius, because it does not aid in heat transfers

shims do not help in heat transfer if using standard hsf combo's

they only help to make sure you don't crack your core and get the heatsink mounted on firmly and flat

the only time shims will help in heat transfer is if using water cooling

newbie1
10-17-01, 08:45 PM
kool, thanks for clearing that up

BMED
10-17-01, 08:54 PM
Originally posted by YARDofSTUF
shims are good for ppl with bad hands or ppl that thikn they're gonna crack teh chip easy

or people that can't spell!

Go to work YOS so I can come home!:D :p ;)

newbie1
10-17-01, 08:58 PM
lol :rotfl: