Date: March 12th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product(s) were provided by Thermaltake Technology Inc.
Well, when it comes to doing hardware reviews, especially HSF combo's and such, your cpu can potentially take quite a beating. In comes a hardware mainstay, the cpu shim. As most you already know, AMD's Duron and Athlon cpu's have come under alot of fire recently on the ease of crushing the core on the cpu. All the shim does is distribute some of the force from the core slug of the cpu, and onto the shim and inhibits any crooked or uneven installation. Here are a couple of pics of the actual product:
Here you can see the actual packaging that the product comes in, pretty damn simple. If you have anymore questions on the packaging, go get a plastic bag, put it over your head, and breath for 1 hour. When out of the packaging, the shim has one exposed side and another side with a plastic layer in which you will have to pull off for installation. Here you will see the difference:
Another nice thing about a good shim is the fact that if you have a bad cpu foot (aka the rubber spongy things on all four corners), this will keep everything even and safe. In the case of my duron 700 test cpu, it came with NO feet at all. Here is a pic of the cpu with no feet:
Well luckily, I never seriously injured my cpu, it has gone through a Thermaltake chrome orb (don't laugh, it was a good cooler for the money), a Thermaltake Volcano II (see above if you are laughing), and now, the great Thermalright SK6 (you are not laughing anymore =D). It has been chipped and for some reason will not give up, it will still do 1ghz overclocked.
As you can see, the shim fits quite well and allows ample space for the bridges, especially, the L1 brides for unlocking the cpu. Now a BIG drawback to this cpu is the fact that it is indeed conductive,,,VERY CONDUCTIVE!! You will have to be very carefull that you are not using excessive arctic silver and please for the love of god, DO NOT SMEAR HEATSINK COMPOUND ON THE SHIM, YOU WILL FRY YOUR CPU!!! Whew!!, rant over. Well other than that, Thermaltake has yet again came out with a very, very good product. I hope in the near future, they will come out with a Athlon XP, non-conductive variety for the newer cpu's on the market today.
-Ample Space for Bridge Clearance
-No XP variety for newer Cpu's
Ranking of product: 7/10 (VERY GOOD BUY!!)